RJ: Where hard work does not necessarily pay off

تم نشره في Tue 3 November / Nov 2015. 12:44 PM

By Jumana Ghunaimat


There is something strange happening in Royal Jordanian (RJ), and calls for an important question, what is happening at the national carrier? On the day announcing the financial results of the company, showing achieving financial profits for the first time in years, comes the shocking decision to refer the general manager of RJ Captain Haitham Mesto to retirement.

Ending Mesto’s services, who was appointed a year ago by the previous board, which was headed then by Nasser Lozi, before he surprised everyone in turn by resigning after, is a resolution that calls into question the extent of the link between achievement and assessment and evaluation; how is it possible that a man during his reign the biggest profits were achieved, quit?

Though, honestly, the positive financial results achieved by RJ were not a surprise, and are not linked exclusively to the rescue plan developed by the new board of directors; it is the product of several other data, first and foremost the decline in global oil prices by more than half, which reduced the size of the losses that were incurred by the company in previous years. When the price of a barrel of oil is around $50 it leads to very different results from those expected under a price that exceeded $100 per barrel.

Additionally, what supported the losses suffered by the national carrier were more coming from the administrative steps towards the abolition of flights and destinations that were not profitable; be that for security or commercial reasons.

The third factor that enabled the company to achieve a net profit estimated at 27 million dinars until the end of September is the new aircraft deal, which consume 20% less fuel. This is in addition to other administrative procedures, especially stopping appointments with the exception of the technical mission sites and reducing the number of employees in accordance with legal grounds.

All these reasons lead to RJ making profit. Captain Mesto was the one who followed up on all the previous details; he was worth honoring not firing.

What we learning from Mesto’s contract termination is that not all hard work is rewarded! Also that the aspiring Jordanian youth have a effective and productive role to play in the construction of their homeland.

What we fear is that those who took the decision to terminate Mesto’s contract might be, without intending, killing the energies and dreams of young people on the altar of selfishness.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition