Royal Jordanian Airlines introduces new exclusive services in Iraq; signs strategic partnership agreement with the National Bank of Iraq


Being the largest foreign carrier covering major cities of Iraq, RJ serves five Iraqi cities with multiple flights to/from Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf and Sulaymaniah, with over 30 frequencies per week.


Additionally, RJ will offer complimentary hotel accommodation in Amman to transit passengers who are traveling from Iraq via Amman to other worldwide RJ destinations in Europe, USA, Canada, and the Arabian Gulf.


Royal Jordanian’s Chief Commercial Officer Karim Makhlouf said: “We are committed to offer our passengers in Iraq the best connectivity with our global network via Amman to over 32 worldwide destinations. To cater for their needs, passengers will receive free visa and hotel accommodation for any connecting flight via Amman exceeding 8 hours.”


In line with RJ’s expansion plans in Iraq, the airline and the National Bank of Iraq (NBI) sealed an agreement to introduce the first co-branded credit card in Iraq under RJ’s frequent flyer program “Royal Club”. This co-branded credit card allows its holders the opportunity to earn additional miles on each payment when using the bank’s credit card, whilst exchanging these miles against many rewards that the program offers ranging from flight tickets, upgrade on their travel booking class, extra baggage allowance and many other benefits.


Karim Makhlouf said: “In line with its five-year plan, RJ will double its fleet and expand its route network; it is also placing Iraq as a key market in its growth plan. For this end, we are signing different partnerships with Iraqi institutions, among which is our partnership with the National Bank of Iraq. We are delighted to cooperate with NBI and introduce the first co-branded credit card in Iraq.”


He added that this partnership will increase Iraqi passengers’ trust in RJ and making it the preferred carrier for traveling to Jordan and from there to the rest of the world.


The Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Iraq Ayman Abu Dhaim said: “We are proud to conclude this partnership agreement with Royal Jordanian. It is our great pleasure to partner with the national carrier of Jordan, as it is the first, unique partnership taking place between a bank and an airline in Iraq, through which exclusive travel services and new benefits are offered to the bank’s clients as well as providing an opportunity to attract new prospect clients.”


Within the new exclusive partnership, RJ will be offering special discounts on its economy and business class tickets to NBI’s customers when flying from Iraq to Jordan. NBI customers will enjoy 25% discount on their tickets when purchasing their tickets before April 15, 2022 and use these tickets to fly out of Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaymaniah or Najaf to Amman between 6 May and 30 June 2022.


Furthermore, Royal Jordanian is for the first time offering all its passengers in Iraq special medical tourism packages in Jordan in collaboration with Al Abdali Medical Hospital, saving passengers who are seeking medical treatment or consultation the hassle of arranging their trips that can all be finalized through RJ sales offices in Iraq. These packages include preferential prices of RJ round-trip tickets, free- of-charge visa to Amman, meet and greet service at Queen Alia International Airport, hotel accommodation in a 5-star hotel, transfer from Queen Alia International Airport to the hotel, and medical procedure at Al Abdali Hospital. Passengers paying for the packages using any of National Bank of Iraq credit or debit cards will get 10% discount on the total package price with plans to offer future loan facilities.

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