The state of Transjordan came into being in 1922 following the dubious carve up of the Middle East by the British and French following World War One. It became fully independent in 1946 and was renamed as Jordan in 1948 by its Hashemite rulers. The nation like several others in the Middle East was effectively made up, but despite involvement in several of the various Arab-Israeli conflicts it has somehow managed to avoid the majority of the bloodshed that has engulfed almost all of its neighbours. This is in a large part due to the wise leadership of King Hussein and his succeeding son King Abdullah II. The fact that Jordan is also poor of natural resources like Oil and Water has also probably favoured stability.
Alia began operations in 1963 and was named after the King's daughter. During the 60s the fleet consisted of Viscounts, Heralds and DC-7s and in 1965 3 Caravelles were received. Both the DC-7s were destroyed by an Israeli air raid in the 1967 war. Following the war ties with the West were strengthened and a pair of new 707s was added in 1971 followed by a pair of second-hand 720s.
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