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Topic: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:32:48 and read 32767 times.





I N T R O D U C T I O N
A lot has happened with Royal Jordanian during the past several years. After the initial restructure, privatization, and the subsequent Oneworld alliance entry, the airline has established itself as a premier regional carrier in the Middle East, catering for Jordan’s point-to-point market; all thanks to the airline’s previous CEO, Samer Majali.

But under the new management, a need for more change seems to be on the cards. Jordan’s strong O&D market in the GCC region for example, is inevitably prevalent so long as job opportunities for expatriates continue to be in abundant availability. Moreover, EK, EY, and QR’s least concerns are to serve this type of market, and this will continue to be an effortless achievement for the Jordanian carrier. But it is the thought of venturing beyond this local market that Royal Jordanian is currently entertaining. There are many unique destinations served by this airline that could possibly fit into a wider hub-and-spoke strategy, but do they really want to cross those borders and enter the vicious battlefields of the 3 Gulfies?

The Jordanian economy has drastically progressed over the past several years. This is probably due to a ‘Team Jordan’ type of approach that aligned all the functions of those necessary drivers such as tourism, transport, business, real estate, and what have you. Part of this initiative is the role of easing the bilaterals on the Jordanian skies and allowing the likes of Air Arabia Jordan to join in. Royal Jordanian no longer enjoys those preferentials it once did many years ago, and it may take more than a dynamic forward-moving strategy to play the part.

All mysteries of what the future beholds aside, today marks another milestone in the achievements of this humble Jordanian carrier. Two almost-new A330’s have entered the fleet mainly to cater for the airline’s expansion into the long-lost destination Kuala Lumpur. They may be a stop gap measure until the 787’s arrive, but we all know that Royal Jordanian will see through every aircraft type in its fleet till the very end.

Please join me as we take a look inside Royal Jordanian’s new A330-200!



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Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:34:10 and read 32767 times.





WELCOME TO MY 24th TRIP REPORT
This TR will cover the following flights on Royal Jordanian in Economy Class (yes, you read it correctly, Y Class!):

A) Dubai – Amman (A330-200)
B) Amman – Dubai (A320)



B A C K G R O U N D
This trip was decided on the spur of the moment, and due to the recent introduction of the A330 to RJ’s fleet, I decided to interrupt the sequence of my Asia trip in order to maintain currency of this story. Rest assured however, that documentation for my Asia trip will resume immediately after.

Thanks to the wonderful OAG, I discovered that Royal Jordanian had filed A330 schedules for Aqaba, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Kuwait, and Dubai effective May 24th and all the way through to June 1st when the aircraft are officially deployed to London, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. It was the perfect excuse for this mandatory one-night weekend trip to Jordan.

A friend of mine -a non-aviation enthusiast- took an interest in this trip and decided to join me. The final plan was to fly the A330 to Amman, rent a car and drive down to Petra, spend one night, and return back the following day on the last flight back to Dubai.

Booking my ticket wasn’t an easy task at first. The security settings on Royal Jordanian’s online booking engine are set far too high for the everyday traveler. In fact, one of the reasons why many times I end up flying on other airlines is because the website always declines my credit card for no reason. Furthermore, after a couple of attempts, the website timed out and prevented me from attempting even the simplest of queries. A nice-looking website is one thing, but one that doesn’t function competitively is a major drawback for an airline in today’s times.

But I didn’t give up. A few simple clicks on Expedia’s website resulted in a purchase of a roundtrip ticket on Royal Jordanian, and even that with a slightly cheaper fare than what the airline’s website had offered me.



O U T B O U N D
I left my apartment at 11:05am and took a taxi to Dubai International Airport. After the usual 20 minute drive, I was dropped off at the curbside of Terminal 1, in front of Departures Area C.



DXB Departures area C on a quiet Friday





The check-in counters were not open yet so I headed to the food court located one level above the departures area. Anyone who isn’t familiar with that food court, it offers an excellent view of the tarmac with some aircraft taxiing by very close to the building.



View of the main departures hall from above



Airline offices are also located on this level



Views of the seating and food court area







An excellent view of A6-ECQ as it taxi’s by



9W B738 (VT-JBB) pushing back



FIDS





At 12:10pm, I headed back down to the departures level as the RJ check-in counters had already opened.



On my way to departures area C





After the usual pre-check in security, I arrived at a small queue that had formed right in front of the Royal Jordanian counters. Three counters had been allocated for RJ, one for Crown Class and the rest for Economy Class.



Royal Jordanian check-in counters at DXB















Check-in was quick and smooth, though the agent wasn’t too bothered. But I have found this to be typical of front-line staff working on a Friday. My boarding pass was issued, and with no luggage to check, I was checked in within moments.



My boarding pass



Traces of an upcoming Cathay Flight from JED with continuing service to HKG





Reaching the airside terminal area by 12:45pm, I passed through the Duty Free area and headed up one level for a sit-down at Costa for a quick bite to eat.



Terminal signage



Terminal & duty free views







A tasty chicken sandwich from Costa





Passenger activity was quite negligible at that time of day, with only a few passengers from Africa sprinting to the final calls of an Afriqiyah Airways flight bound for Tripoli. And apart from the few and far apart Amman traffic, nothing much else was around. In fact, Terminal 1 at DXB is showing a very KLIA-esque atmosphere on this Friday afternoon (minus the radical ‘new gate’ activities of course).



FIDS at the Terminal





At around 1:55pm, I had arrived at Gate 118 only to find that the ground staff had only began their preparations and set-up prior to opening.



Gate 118





However a look outside showed this beauty had just pulled into the gate as RJ 610 from AMM



Gate opened at 2pm, and I stood in line to go in





Approaching the DNATA agent, my boarding pass was scanned and ripped, and I was wished a pleasant flight before entering the holding area. I have noticed quite an improvement to the customer service provided by DNATA lately, and this is really a major step forward. But then again, a less congested terminal can really help deliver something like this too.



Inside the holding area of Gate 118





A general boarding announcement was made at 2pm, without any scheme going by row numbers. From previous recent Royal Jordanian flights, I have noticed it to be common, even at Amman. However, I think it could be more chaotic had a boarding policy according to row numbers been enforced. Many, if not all just wouldn’t pay attention anyways and this would cause additional unnecessary chaos at the entrance to the aerobridge.

By then, I had packed my big camera away, and pulled out my smaller point-n-shoot which is now officially designated as the Royal Jordanian camera. RJ’s flights are infested with sky marshalls, and a ‘Trip Report on a.net’ would never ever land as an excuse for excessive picture-taking.



General boarding call



In queue for boarding





RJ’s A330, only 4 days old with the airline







Going through the aerobridge, I arrived at Door 2L of the aircraft, where the purser of the flight, a female from Jordan, was standing with one of her colleagues welcoming all passengers on board.

“Good afternoon sir and welcome on board”

By 2:35pm I was on board.



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Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:35:47 and read 32767 times.

F L I G H T
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Royal Jordanian Flight Information:

SCR
/RJ/28MAY
S10
28MAY
DXB
KRJ611 24MAY31MAY 1030567 283332 DXBDXB1500 1710AMMAMM J
GI BRGDS

Actual Departure Time: 15:00 (Pushback)
Actual Arrival Time: 17:10 (Touchdown)

Registration: JY-AIE
Condition: 1.5 years old, delivered to Royal Jordanian on May 24th 2010, and previously owned by Air Comet

Remarks: NIL

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Proceeding towards my seat, a quick glance to the left reveals the lead Crown Class crew dressed in the Jordanian national costume that is handmade and cross-stitched with a colorful pattern of embroidery. This signifies that ‘Ya Hala’ service is available on board this flight, which is the ‘full on’ premium service that is normally associated with longer-haul flights. Generally however, and as Dubai is a favorite destination amongst Jordanians, this type of service is also available on wide-body RJ flights to and from DXB. Too bad I’m turning to the right for this flight!

Passing through the cabin, I could feel the essence of pure Arabia all throughout the atmosphere. This is no show of artificial culture or any of the sort, but the presence of laid-back Jordanian crew who don’t feel a need to fake any smile -but would do so genuinely when required- really brought me back to something more down-to-earth that is so hard to find in the GCC region. Everything flowed naturally, and the crew was very welcoming to all passengers. Not surprisingly, I can easily contradict previous claims of RJ’s crew having been ‘abused’ in their lives (as per previous TR’s by the make-believe alleged consultancy firm).



Introducing the Economy Class cabin on board Royal Jordanian’s A330-200





The cabin was fresh, new, perfect, and as expected of a newly refurbished aircraft. The coloring of the seats was also unobtrusively grey with a few randomly scattered fiery red seats that added a touch of drama to the ambience. However, this light-colored theme will easily show signs of wear and tear in the future.



The seat











Settling into my seat, I found it to be very comfortable, with the seat-bottom almost perfectly padded. The major advantage of Royal Jordanian’s Economy Class is the decent legroom which Skytrax reports as 34”.



Leg Space



Passengers boarding





Aisle view





Nuha from Jordan, who seemed to be the lead-ranking crew in Economy Class –or at least the dominating go-to girl that the rest of the crew looked up to- took charge of the aisle by my side, and passed around the cabin handing out headsets. Another perk in RJ’s Economy Class is the free headsets that are yours to keep. They may be slightly cheaper in quality than those that are airline-property, but they have a logo on them and are ridiculously collectible-worthy.



Headsets distributed





“Are these headsets for us to keep?” I asked, pretending not to know
“Sure, and you can have an extra pair too!”



My two pairs of headsets





At 2:55pm, the doors were closed, and the seatbelt sign was switched on. This was immediately followed by a purser announcement to welcome us on board and inform us of our 3 hour flight time to Amman Queen Alia International Airport.

The safety demonstration followed -a crisp animated video similar to that of Oman Air’s- and pushback occurred at exactly 3pm. This new A330 began her gradual dominance on the tarmac as each of her engines spooled into life. It may be a typical day for everyone else, but those progressing sounds are definitely the start of my own weekend celebration on that day.



Cabin during taxi





We taxied for 20 minutes and in parallel to an Emirates 773 that eventually made a left turn towards the same runway and held short at a point perpendicular to our location. As the EK 773 continued to hold short, we were cleared to takeoff first, and the A330 silently whisked through the runway frisking her wings like gigantic bird before lifting off at 3:22pm. It was my quietest A330 takeoff experience, but that is probably because of where I was seated.

As we reached cruising altitude, the seatbelt sign was switched off and the crew was released to prepare for the in-flight service.



Service commenced with the distribution of hot towels



Which were then promptly collected afterwards





While preparations were going on for the meal service, I decided to make use of the available time by experimenting with Royal Jordanian’s IFE system. It was definitely a very modern system with a great interface, but unfortunately the entertainment selection was so miniscule that it left so much to be desired. If RJ invested this much in providing an otherwise decent IFE system, they could have gone a step further to add more variety to the available selection. But as always, I settled for the route map.



Royal Jordanian IFE













Onboard literature featuring RJ’s latest destination



Cabin view in-flight





The meal service commenced shortly afterwards, and two sets of carts were rolled out across each aisle. The first set of carts that was released was for the beverages while the second was for the meals.



Beverage carts rolled out first



Followed by the meal trolley







Raneem from Jordan was in charge of the meal trolley, and reached my seat before Nuha did, who was in charge of the beverages.

“What would you like for lunch sir? I have chicken with vegetables or lamb with rice”
“I’ll take the chicken please”



My meal tray





The meal tray was nicely set up, and all meal-wares were trim and proper. The entire meal consisted of a main entrée of chicken with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and on the sides of it were a small salad plate, a bread bun with butter, cheese and a packet of crackers, and finally a dessert plate which consisted of a fruit cake.



Entrée



Salad



Dessert



Bread, butter, cheese, and crackers





The entrée was very tasty with no major complaints, however I would have preferred it to be a Middle Eastern dish which Royal Jordanian is usually known for offering on their flights. Nevertheless, the chicken was tender and the potatoes and vegetables perfectly cooked. Salad was crisp and fresh and the dessert was excellent too.



The beverage cart arrived at my seat



Water bottles were handed out



And I asked for a tomato juice





After the meal service, the crew passed around with a trolley collecting empty cups first, and this was followed by another round to collect the meal trays.



Cups collected first





Followed by another trolley to collect the trays



I asked for a cup of coffee to keep me awake for the long drive ahead



And this is Royal Jordanian’s lavatory on the A330



Cabin views after the meal service







At 4:45pm Jordan local time, the seatbelt sign was switched on as we had begun our initial descent towards Queen Alia International Airport. As everyone returned to their seats and fastened their seatbelts, the crew continued to ready the cabin for arrival, and at 5pm, the purser made an announcement to inform us that we were expected to land shortly.



A R R I V A L
At exactly 5:10pm, JY-AIE touched down at Queen Alia International Airport. My fantastic experience onboard the A330 had come to an end however, I had an array of other activities waiting for me momentarily.

After a short taxi, the aircraft docked at the gate and the engines powered out. The seatbelt sign was switched off and everyone was released to gather their belongings.



Deplaning





Economy Class cabin view after arrival



Screaming my name for a future TR!







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Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:37:23 and read 32767 times.





PETRA
I had been to Petra once before, but that was over 15 years ago. So my going there this time can be considered as my first.

My friend and I had only one night and several hours the next day, to make the most out of Petra. In the end, we managed to squeeze in all the major sites and it was one of my greatest experiences. Although the tourist site is quite expensive, everything else was perfectly tourist-friendly with multi-lingual staff scattered all throughout.

Petra is truly what they say, a wonder of the world! Take a look at the following pictures and see for yourself…



We rented a car from the airport for a 3 hour drive to Petra



Stopping at a rest-area along the way





And arriving Petra several hours later





checked into the Sun Set Hotel





Had Mansaf for dinner: The flagship Bedouin Jordanian dish





The following day we got up at 5am and made it to the tourist site after sunrise while the weather was cool and before it got too crowded.



A quick horse ride to the Siq













Arriving at the Treasury



Continuing our way





Souvenir shops located all throughout the site









Riding the donkey up the mountain



And arriving at the Monastery







Horrific spelling and grammar!









We left Petra at 3pm and headed back to Amman to catch out flight to Dubai. I was so exhausted by then as I had been walking, climbing, and basking under hot sun for almost 9 hours, that I slept all the way to Amman and had my friend take over the driving.



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Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:38:27 and read 32767 times.

I N B O U N D
Arriving Amman Queen Alia International Airport at 5:30pm, I parked the car and headed to the arrivals hall to return the keys.



Very busy arrivals hall at AMM



Reaching the departures area at 5:50pm





Queen Alia Airport is in a desperate need for a change. Not much of that has happened since it was first constructed, however under the new management of Airports International Group, a new airport is currently being constructed on the same airport boundary, and will be ready by 2012. In the meantime, making the best use of the available facilities is the only solution.

Pre-check in security at Amman is slightly more thorough than in the UAE. My backpack was packed with cameras, lenses and the like, and this resulted in an additional hand-search after passing through the usual screening process. The security officers were nevertheless quick and professional.



I arrived at Royal Jordanian’s self-check in kiosks at 6:05pm





The kiosk was easy to use, and I managed to print my boarding pass within seconds.



My boarding pass to Dubai





A quick stamp on my passport at the immigration desk, and I was airside at 6:20pm.



New Shopping and F&B outlets at the airside facility as an improvement measure







The usual Duty Free at AMM, managed by Aldeasa from Spain



Which always carries a selection of aircraft models



FIDS





At 6:55pm I proceeded through security and towards Gate 6C. This bus gate is located one level below the main departure gates on the far end of the building. It seems to be a new gate as I have not seen it before, and also offers some view of the apron.



Apron views at AMM are quite rare





Arriving at the podium before Gate 6C at 7pm, my boarding pass was scanned and ripped, and the agent wished me a pleasant flight before entering the holding area.



Holding area of Gate 6C







The crew operating the flight to Dubai had arrived at the gate at around 7:20pm, along with the sky marshals, and they immediately boarded a bus that took them to the aircraft.



General boarding was announced at 7:30pm





Hopping onto the bus at 7:35pm, a seven minute drive around the apron lead us to the left side of the aircraft where the bus parked and released everyone right next to the steps. At the steps leading to Door 1L, a security officer was guarding the aircraft, silently monitoring every boarding passenger.

Arriving at Door 1L, I was greeted a very friendly male purser.

“Hi welcome on board sir”

At 7:45pm, I was on board.



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Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-11 16:39:46 and read 32767 times.

F L I G H T
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Royal Jordanian Flight Information:

SCR
/RJ/29MAY
S10
29MAY
AMM
KRJ612 30OCT28MAR 1234567 136320 AMMAMM2000 2359DXBDXB J
GI BRGDS

Actual Departure Time: 20:00 (Pushback)
Actual Arrival Time: 23:45 (Touchdown)

Registration: JY-AYF
Condition: 4.3 years old, delivered to Royal Jordanian in 2006

Remarks: NIL

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Crown Class Cabin



Economy Class Cabin





Two of the cabin crew on this flight were from Thailand. There has been an increasing number of South-East Asian cabin crew on Royal Jordanian, which is presumably to cater for the airline’s flights to Asia.

The interior of the aircraft was still adequately maintained, however signs of wear and tear were evident on the seat fabrics.



The seat



Leg Space



Boarding





At 7:56pm, the seatbelt sign was switched on, and the purser made an announcement to welcome us on board and inform us of our 2 hour and 40 minute flight time to Dubai. The doors were closed immediately afterwards, and the safety video was played on the IFE screens.



Headsets distributed by he crew





My headset





We pushed back at exactly 8pm, and after a 15 minute taxi to the runway, we took off into the night at 8:15pm and began out short hop to Dubai.



IFE was powered on after the seatbelt sign was switched off





Similar system as on the A330 with limited variety







IFE controller





Hot towels distributed by Kaouther



And collected shortly afterwards





The meal service commenced quickly after the hot towel service, and in a similar fashion as on the outbound flight.



Drinks trolley was rolled out first





Followed by the meal service





On offer tonight, were the usual chicken or beef options that Royal Jordanian had adopted ever since my first flight with them when I was a child. However, an additional fish option had been recently introduced. I chose the chicken, which turned out to be ‘Moghrabia’ which is a ‘Levant’ version of couscous with chicken. It was absolutely mouth-watering!



Meal tray



Moghrabia



Salad



Stale cake for dessert



Meal-wares



Another cup of tomato juice for me





Right after dinner, I fell asleep for the remainder of the flight, all the way until we had begun our initial descent towards Dubai International Airport. At 11:15pm UAE local time, the seatbelt sign was switched on, and everyone returned to their seats while the crew prepared for landing.



A quick glance at the literature offering prior to landing





A R R I V A L
We touched down at 11:45pm, approximately 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Due to the amount of activity that happened over the past 24 hours, it seemed like I was gone away for a proper holiday. As such, it did not feel too bad to be getting back to work in the upcoming 8 hours, as reality kicked in after we had docked at the gate.

I thanked the crew for their great efforts, and proceeded inside the terminal to clear immigration, and catch a cab back home for a few hours sleep before work the following morning.



C O N C L U S I O N
I had a pleasant experience with Royal Jordanian. They offer a competitive product in Economy Class that can match that of any of the top carriers. Great legroom, comfortable seating, tasty meals, and cabin crew that really aren’t so bad, all of which add up to a solid product in my books. My major gripe however, was the poor selection of IFE options, which could be improved. Even for a non-movie follower like myself, I found much room for improvement in that area.

Most importantly however, this trip was mainly focused around the airline’s new A330, and this was a fantastic experience. This aircraft, along with its great product offering is definitely a pleasant welcome to Royal Jordanian’s fleet, and a greater incentive to continue racking up those Oneworld miles!



This concludes my Trip Report. I hope you have enjoyed it, and your comments are always welcome!

Regards,
Roni


E Q U I P M E N T
- Camera:
-Canon PowerShot G11
- Canon 50D


Lenses:
- Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle
- Sigma 10mm Fisheye
- Canon 18-55mm
-Canon 17-85mm

PREVIOUS WORK
Suite Redemptions: Cathay Pacific BKK-HKG In F (by ronerone May 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
Uniquely Boutique: Oman Air Business Class To BKK (by ronerone Apr 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
In A Blink Of An Eye: AirAsia X’s A340 At AUH (by ronerone Feb 20 2010 in Trip Reports)
SriLankan Airlines: The Treasure Of Serendib! (by Ronerone Jan 9 2010 in Trip Reports)
Beijing Swire!: Cathay Pacific & Dragonair DXB-PEK (by Ronerone Dec 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
OpenSkies From British Airways: A New Era's End? (by Ronerone Oct 14 2009 in Trip Reports)
Revealing An Underdog: Royal Brunei Business Class (by Ronerone Sep 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
The Singapore Airlines Cliché (by Ronerone Jul 27 2009 in Trip Reports)
A380: Qantas Proper To SIN City (by Ronerone Jul 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Welcome To Terminal 3: Etihad Airways AUH-SYD (by Ronerone Jul 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
5th Freedom Of The Air: Kenya Airways HKG-BKK-HKG (by Ronerone Mar 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific: First Class On The Legacy Milk-Run (by Ronerone Jan 26 2009 in Trip Reports)
Inspirations On A Narrowbody: Etihad To Amman (by Ronerone Nov 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Boleh!: On The Malaysian Airline System (by Ronerone Oct 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Pearls & Diamonds: Inspired By Etihad Airways (by Ronerone Sep 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
The Future Has Arrived: EK A380 Inaugural Flights (by Ronerone Aug 4 2008 in Trip Reports)
Syrian Special Performance, Featuring Sam Chui (by Ronerone May 23 2008 in Trip Reports)
This Is Royal Jordanian! (by Ronerone Apr 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
Ultra-Competitive, Ultra-Long Haul: EY Vs EK (by Ronerone Mar 21 2008 in Trip Reports)
Suvarnabhumi, The Etihad Way! (by Ronerone Jan 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Delight: A Trip To Asia's World City (by Ronerone Oct 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 2 PixVidz (by Ronerone Jul 5 2007 in Trip Reports)
Etihad: Pearl 2 AMM, Coral Right Back Pt 1 PixVids (by Ronerone Jul 4 2007 in Trip Reports)
CX: JFK-HKG-DXB In Y A346/772 (Lots Of Pics/Vids) (by Ronerone Aug 28 2006 in Trip Reports)


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THE END

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ardian
Posted 2010-06-11 17:17:10 and read 32767 times.

Stunning pictures as usual and a great trip report! I'm really looking forward for your report when you fly C-class on Royal Jordanian  

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: globalflyer
Posted 2010-06-11 17:56:20 and read 32767 times.

Fantastic report and beautiful pictures of Petra! I really enjoy all of your TR's. I have got to start because I travel all the time! Cheers, Liam

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: Carfield
Posted 2010-06-11 18:29:44 and read 32767 times.

Thanks for a wonderful trip report! I am looking forward to my RJ Crown Class flight from BKK to HKG next month!
RJ has really become a star among Oneworld carriers, especially the major ones all suffer from major cutbacks in various service items in all cabin classes.

The new Airbus A330-200 looks beautiful and the interior looks brand new. I am glad that RJ has decided to install new seats and AVOD PTV at each seats.

Thanks again and look forward to your next report!

Carfield

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: 767747
Posted 2010-06-11 19:09:53 and read 32767 times.

Ronerone,

Thanks for sharing your flights with RJ! Your pictures, are as usual, very good! I like the picture of the wing tip through the window at the beginning of your report a lot!

RJ looks very impressive, and I really like their livery/design for seats/uniforms, etc. I hope to get a chance to fly them at some point. Crown Class does look very nice as well!

Looking forward to your next trip!

767747

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: b737100
Posted 2010-06-11 21:12:22 and read 32767 times.

What a great trip report and really fantastic pictures...the meal photos were especially well done! I have always wanted to go Jordan from the days of the Alia L1011 tristar direct flight via AMS. Your TR is proving the impetus to do so. thank you!


regards,

will

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ChrisCruise
Posted 2010-06-11 23:50:40 and read 32767 times.

Hello Ronerone,

What a great report and what a great airline RJ seems to be.

That A330 looks absolutely stunning from the outside as well as the inside! But also the A320 looks inviting with the PTVs.

Absolutely amazing that you got served a hot meal and hot towels on a +/- 2:30h flight. That is, for someone mainly flying within Europe, to dream about!

Petra looks amazing!

Adios,

Christian

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2010-06-12 00:08:26 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

Another stunning report, well done my friend!

The A330 looks excellent in RJ colours, I suspect almost all planes would though!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Booking my ticket wasn’t an easy task at first. The security settings on Royal Jordanian’s online booking engine are set far too high for the everyday traveler. In fact, one of the reasons why many times I end up flying on other airlines is because the website always declines my credit card for no reason. Furthermore, after a couple of attempts, the website timed out and prevented me from attempting even the simplest of queries. A nice-looking website is one thing, but one that doesn’t function competitively is a major drawback for an airline in today’s

- Interesting comment, we all like websites to be easy to use, not just good on the eye.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Anyone who isn’t familiar with that food court, it offers an excellent view of the tarmac with some aircraft taxiing by very close to the building

- Thanks for the tip, will bear that in mind.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Jordanian in Economy Class (yes, you read it correctly,

- Feeling ok?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
aircraft. The coloring of the seats was also unobtrusively grey with a few randomly scattered fiery red seats that added a touch of drama to the ambience. However, this light-colored theme will easily show signs of wear and tear in the future.

- Nice touch having the odd red chair, though the grey ones will look grubby quickly.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
per. The entire meal consisted of a main entrée of chicken with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and on the sides of it were a small salad plate, a bread bun with butter, cheese and a packet of crackers, and finally a dessert plate which consisted of a fruit

- Not a bad looking meal & a good portion size, quite impressive for this length of flight, its bigger than many meals across the atlantic!

Petra looks like a very interesting place to visit, thanks for including the pictures, it's additions like this that give us view and insight into new places to travel.

Thanks again Roni, as always, looking forward to more of your trips as they happen.

Best Wishes

Mark

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: akhmad
Posted 2010-06-12 00:25:52 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

What a delightful read I have had and a great start for the weekend. The RJ meal presentation has left me hungry even after I have finished my rather substantial breakfast.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Please join me as we take a look inside Royal Jordanian’s new A330-200!

My pleasure.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
But I didn’t give up. A few simple clicks on Expedia’s website resulted in a purchase of a roundtrip ticket on Royal Jordanian, and even that with a slightly cheaper fare than what the airline’s website had offered me.

Oh yes, it reminds me at my own booking experience with PK. I did not expect that booking directly with RJ could be such cumbersome. Unimpressive.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
The meal tray was nicely set up, and all meal-wares were trim and proper.

The crockery's look similar to those of SQ. I wonder whether RJ has appointed the same supplier.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Screaming my name for a future TR!

Please, Roni, please!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Had Mansaf for dinner: The flagship Bedouin Jordanian dish

  

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
And collected shortly afterwards

Well done for this shot. Especially with the air Marshall's on board.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
Another cup of tomato juice for me

Hey, am I missing something here?   

You took the challenge of writing a RJ trip report on A.net and succeeded. I think Ryanair owes you something. Hehe...

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: burj
Posted 2010-06-12 00:30:41 and read 32767 times.

Another great TR!

Getting meals on a 3 hour flight...wow! There are plenty 3 hours flights here in the U.S. where you don't get a meal in first class (and of course you NEVER get free meals in steerage class!)

Sorry if I missed it, but what were the load factors on your flights? Is there enough demand to fill an A330 on such a route?

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2010-06-12 01:24:06 and read 32767 times.

Thanks for the great pictures. An airline that offers good legroom and decent food in Y is rare these days, at least among the US and European carriers. Jordan isa country I would love to visit.

As you say I have a funny feeling the colour of the seats is not a good idea but they look nice. So do the uniforms. About 15 years ago I saw an RJ crew and they were all European and Asian.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: luxair747SP
Posted 2010-06-12 01:50:46 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni

Your TR are always simply amazing.
It is every time a pleasure to read it.
All the beautiful picture give me a really good impression of the product of RJ.

Thanks for sharing

Johannes

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2010-06-12 01:54:57 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

what a nice surprise to find another one of your superb reports here - well-written and well-documented by excellent pictures! I just noticed some days ago that RJ had taken delivery of two used A332s - and I had been wondering how they would be like. Great to see they were equipped with the airline's latest interior.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
RJ’s A330, only 4 days old with the airline

Perfect timing!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The cabin was fresh, new, perfect, and as expected of a newly refurbished aircraft. The coloring of the seats was also unobtrusively grey with a few randomly scattered fiery red seats that added a touch of drama to the ambience. However, this light-colored theme will easily show signs of wear and tear in the future.

Excatly my thoughts, I'm not a fan of light-colored seats and carpets on planes.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The major advantage of Royal Jordanian’s Economy Class is the decent legroom which Skytrax reports as 34”.

What about the IFE box?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
While preparations were going on for the meal service, I decided to make use of the available time by experimenting with Royal Jordanian’s IFE system. It was definitely a very modern system with a great interface, but unfortunately the entertainment selection was so miniscule that it left so much to be desired. If RJ invested this much in providing an otherwise decent IFE system, they could have gone a step further to add more variety to the available selection. But as always, I settled for the route map.

Bad to hear, reminds of Air Canada. Let's hope the system can be upgraded.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The entrée was very tasty with no major complaints, however I would have preferred it to be a Middle Eastern dish which Royal Jordanian is usually known for offering on their flights. Nevertheless, the chicken was tender and the potatoes and vegetables perfectly cooked. Salad was crisp and fresh and the dessert was excellent too.

Very nice tray, good to hear the food quality was alright, too.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Had Mansaf for dinner: The flagship Bedouin Jordanian dish

That looks delicious!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
IFE controller

Were they still in good shape? I had a similar handset on the Air China A332 and wasn't satisfied at all. Have you seen the CA report yet?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
I chose the chicken, which turned out to be ‘Moghrabia’ which is a ‘Levant’ version of couscous with chicken. It was absolutely mouth-watering!

Hm, it looks a bit...strange. But what counts is the taste!



PH

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: dsinghdahiya257
Posted 2010-06-12 04:32:23 and read 32767 times.

Lovely TR mate.

The vibrancy and attention to detail of your photographs are stunning.

The A330-200 certainly is a cosy plane.

Personally I hate all-white plain interiors - depressing. But I like those random placement of red seats, really boosted the ambience.

The meals served on Royal Jordanian looks appetising and the quantity is decent.

[Edited 2010-06-12 04:36:28]

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ojas
Posted 2010-06-12 05:01:19 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

Brilliant, excellent TR yet again!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
A friend of mine -a non-aviation enthusiast- took an interest in this trip and decided to join me. The final plan was to fly the A330 to Amman, rent a car and drive down to Petra, spend one night, and return back the following day on the last flight back to Dubai.

Reading the caption of your TR for a moment I thought you were mentioning the fast food chain "Petra"; but still you have committed a crime of having me crave for a nice hot juicy chicken Showarmah   

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Traces of an upcoming Cathay Flight from JED with continuing service to HKG

Every flight cannot be CX, at least you were on a one world carrier   

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
Another cup of tomato juice for me

A few things that still surprise me i.e the popularity of tomato juice in Arabia.

The hardware was excellent, and I do hope they have the same product on offer to India on their A319s to BOM (2pw) and A310s to DEL(5pw).

Thanks for sharing.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: The777Man
Posted 2010-06-12 07:27:16 and read 32767 times.

Excellent report with fantastic pictures! Very nice that you got on a plane that have been in service with RJ for only four days.......Food looks really good and nice with PTVs on a A320.

Pictures from Petra are great WIll definatly go there some time.

The777Man

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: reifel
Posted 2010-06-12 08:35:07 and read 32767 times.

Excellent report and very impressing pictures from Petra. This is definitely a must-see, although I must admit that I'm not particulary attracted in the arabian area. Not because I don't like it, I've actually never been there but always found other attractive destinations around the world. I guess I'm wrong since it's very beautiful and the food there looks absolutely great!

nice to read about your nice experience with RJ. Would fly them right away if I had the chance!

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: directorguy
Posted 2010-06-12 11:26:48 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni!
Splendid TR, always a pleasure to read up on RJ and AMM. I had no idea that the A330s were going to be used on AMM-DXB. Love the pictures from Petra (incl. the town). I always think of Jordan as the quintessential Arab country.
Love the pics at the airport as well-I almost came close to booking RJ on a trip this summer, really should make sure to do that next time.
Regards =)

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2010-06-12 13:48:05 and read 32767 times.

Hey, Roni,

as expected, a very nice and detailed read together with superb pictures.

Beside all that aviation related stuff I really like you´re Petra pics, stunning, a place I need to go sometimes.

A short question about the cockpit cre´w: Do you noticed it as expats or was the flightdeck also Jordanian staffed?.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: EL-AL
Posted 2010-06-12 16:16:46 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni,

Fantastic report, thank you! Exellent photos also.

Royal Jordanian offers very good service for 3 hours flight. I think that with the upcoming B787s, AMM location, so as with Jordan good relations with both east and west, Royal Jordanian has a potential to be one of the major airlines in the middle east, not to mention it's skyteam membership.

If I am not mistaken, wasn't RJ's former CEO became later Jordan's Prime Minister?

I was looking to fly with Royal Jordanian, and my trip to Spain 2 months ago seems like nice option, but TLV-AMM-BCN price was way over $1000 (!!!) according to RJ's website.

Petra is amazing, isn't it? Been there last year (no flights unfortunately, I took a bus from Eilat). I may take another trip to Jordan around October.

Thx again,

LY

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: Thai744
Posted 2010-06-12 21:39:36 and read 32767 times.

Great trip report, Roni!

I think you've convinced me to use RJ between BKK and LHR next year - their J class fares are some of the cheapest out there.

The only thing I query is that you described the meal as "mouth-watering" on the return leg to DXB... I'll just have to take your word for that. It looks like... .well... I'm sure you can work it out! :p

Looking forward to your next report.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-13 10:59:10 and read 32767 times.

Dear All,

Thank you for your comments and your usual support!

Quoting ardian (Reply 6):
I'm really looking forward for your report when you fly C-class on Royal Jordanian

Thanks ardian! I look forward to that too!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 7):
I have got to start because I travel all the time! Cheers, Liam

Hi Liam, you should post some TRs for us!  
Quoting Carfield (Reply 8):
I am looking forward to my RJ Crown Class flight from BKK to HKG next month!

Hi Carfield,

Looking forward to the TR! Enjoy the A330!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing your flights with RJ! Your pictures, are as usual, very good! I like the picture of the wing tip through the window at the beginning of your report a lot!

Thanks 767747! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting b737100 (Reply 10):
I have always wanted to go Jordan from the days of the Alia L1011 tristar direct flight via AMS. Your TR is proving the impetus to do so. thank you!

Hi b737100,

I also remember the days RJ used to fly to JFK, DTW, MIA, LAX, and IAH .. all via either Amsterdam or Vienna. And those were also the days RJ used to be miles and miles behind what it is right now.

Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 11):
What a great report and what a great airline RJ seems to be.

Thanks ChrisCruise!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Another stunning report, well done my friend!

Thanks Mark! Good to hear from you mate!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
The A330 looks excellent in RJ colours, I suspect almost all planes would though!

I agree!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Petra looks like a very interesting place to visit, thanks for including the pictures, it's additions like this that give us view and insight into new places to travel.

You guys should definitely give Petra a go!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
What a delightful read I have had and a great start for the weekend.

Thank you Suryo!! Good to hear from you!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 13):
I did not expect that booking directly with RJ could be such cumbersome. Unimpressive.

And what makes it worse is that this has been like this for YEARS! .. I think i was able to book a ticket on RJ's website only once several years ago!

Quoting burj (Reply 14):
Sorry if I missed it, but what were the load factors on your flights? Is there enough demand to fill an A330 on such a route?

Hi Burj!

Load Factor to AMM was about 50-60% and back to DXB it was 100%! ..

The A330 was only deployed to DXB (amongst other regional destinations) for familiarization. The aircraft is primarily for LHR, BKK, KUL, and HKG however it will be used on extra section flights to places like the GCC during periods of high demand.

I think the A330 could work in DXB, but RJ prefers to deploy narrowbodies with more than one frequency per day instead. Makes more sense!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 15):
About 15 years ago I saw an RJ crew and they were all European and Asian.

Hi lychemsa,

For a period of time i did not see any European or Asian crew, but lately i see they are making a comeback.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 16):
Hi Roni

Your TR are always simply amazing.
It is every time a pleasure to read it.
All the beautiful picture give me a really good impression of the product of RJ.

Thanks for sharing

Johannes

Thanks Johannes!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
what a nice surprise to find another one of your superb reports here - well-written and well-documented by excellent pictures!

Thank you PH! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
I just noticed some days ago that RJ had taken delivery of two used A332s - and I had been wondering how they would be like.

I have been monitoring that situation carefully!  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
What about the IFE box?

Very good point that i forgot to mention. On the aisle seat on the A330, there was no IFE box, and if i remember correctly, there was a thin box under the window seat, which did not take too much space (i think!).

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Were they still in good shape? I had a similar handset on the Air China A332 and wasn't satisfied at all.

They were in very good shape, but, the buttons were too hard and it took quite some effort to press. Furthermore, the navigation control was a little confusing.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Have you seen the CA report yet?

Of course! I have read it, and i promise to respond very soon!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Hm, it looks a bit...strange. But what counts is the taste!

Haha .. no, it does taste great! really!  
Quoting dsinghdahiya257 (Reply 18):
Lovely TR mate.

The vibrancy and attention to detail of your photographs are stunning.

The A330-200 certainly is a cosy plane.

Personally I hate all-white plain interiors - depressing. But I like those random placement of red seats, really boosted the ambience.

The meals served on Royal Jordanian looks appetising and the quantity is decent.

[Edited 2010-06-12 04:36:28]

Thanks dsinghdahiya257! Glad you enjoyed.

Quoting ojas (Reply 19):
Brilliant, excellent TR yet again!

Shukran Ojas!

Quoting ojas (Reply 19):
Reading the caption of your TR for a moment I thought you were mentioning the fast food chain "Petra"; but still you have committed a crime of having me crave for a nice hot juicy chicken Showarmah

Hmm .. i have never heard of 'Petra' fast food joint!

Quoting ojas (Reply 19):
Every flight cannot be CX, at least you were on a one world carrier

Yes indeed, and OW is the best  
Quoting ojas (Reply 19):
The hardware was excellent, and I do hope they have the same product on offer to India on their A319s to BOM (2pw) and A310s to DEL(5pw).

Actually, the A319's have the same product with one little extra perk, OnAir connectivity.

The A310's also have the same hardware too, minus the personal IFE.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Excellent report with fantastic pictures! Very nice that you got on a plane that have been in service with RJ for only four days.......Food looks really good and nice with PTVs on a A320.

Pictures from Petra are great WIll definatly go there some time.

The777Man

Thanks The777Man.

Quoting reifel (Reply 21):
Excellent report and very impressing pictures from Petra. This is definitely a must-see, although I must admit that I'm not particulary attracted in the arabian area. Not because I don't like it, I've actually never been there but always found other attractive destinations around the world. I guess I'm wrong since it's very beautiful and the food there looks absolutely great!

Thanks reifel!

Should definitely give Petra a try. Actually, the Levent area has a lot to offer and see.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 22):
I had no idea that the A330s were going to be used on AMM-DXB.

Mr. Directorguy! Salam!

The A330's may occasionally visit DXB (and AUH perhaps) .. but once in a blue moon.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 22):
I almost came close to booking RJ on a trip this summer, really should make sure to do that next time.

And do show us a TR please  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
A short question about the cockpit cre´w: Do you noticed it as expats or was the flightdeck also Jordanian staffed?.

Hi Markus!

The flight crew were Jordanian. I think most of them are.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 24):
Fantastic report, thank you! Exellent photos also.

Thanls LY!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 24):
not to mention it's skyteam membership.

You mean Oneworld  
Quoting EL-AL (Reply 24):
If I am not mistaken, wasn't RJ's former CEO became later Jordan's Prime Minister?

Samer Majali? He moved on and is now Gulf Air's CEO.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 24):
I was looking to fly with Royal Jordanian, and my trip to Spain 2 months ago seems like nice option, but TLV-AMM-BCN price was way over $1000 (!!!) according to RJ's website.

RJ has become quite pricey. I was told that they are aiming for the high-yielding passengers mostly.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 25):
I think you've convinced me to use RJ between BKK and LHR next year - their J class fares are some of the cheapest out there.

Hi Thai744!

You could get the A330 all the way to LHR!

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 25):
The only thing I query is that you described the meal as "mouth-watering" on the return leg to DXB... I'll just have to take your word for that. It looks like... .well... I'm sure you can work it out! :p

Haha. Try it!  


Cheers,
R

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: AI151
Posted 2010-06-13 12:18:53 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni, yet again another fabulous TR. I remember you saying a while ago at how difficult it was to post a TR with RJ due to the security on board, however you did manage to take plenty of pictures.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
This TR will cover the following flights on Royal Jordanian in Economy Class (yes, you read it correctly, Y Class!):

I actually had to blink and then re-read that statement in shock!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Passenger activity was quite negligible at that time of day, with only a few passengers from Africa sprinting to the final calls of an Afriqiyah Airways flight bound for Tripoli.

I have never seen any terminal at DXB look so empty before no matter what time of day.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
The cabin was fresh, new, perfect, and as expected of a newly refurbished aircraft. The coloring of the seats was also unobtrusively grey with a few randomly scattered fiery red seats that added a touch of drama to the ambience. However, this light-colored theme will easily show signs of wear and tear in the future.

The soothing light colours look nice. But how come only 10 or 11 seats seem to be red?

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
They may be slightly cheaper in quality than those that are airline-property, but they have a logo on them and are ridiculously collectible-worthy.

Definitely will be worth a few Dirhams in the future

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Petra is truly what they say, a wonder of the world! Take a look at the following pictures and see for yourself…

Absolutely stunning!

Sandeep (AI151)

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
The crew operating the flight to Dubai had arrived at the gate at around 7:20pm, along with the sky marshals, and they immediately boarded a bus that took them to the aircraft.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: SR 103
Posted 2010-06-13 16:10:24 and read 32767 times.

As usual, phenomenal job Roni! Some how I had a feeling you would be the first person to report on the RJ A330. It is really nice to see an airline try to improve rather than cut back these days.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Introducing the Economy Class cabin on board Royal Jordanian's A330-200

I don't know why, but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that picture was Swiss.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
but unfortunately the entertainment selection was so miniscule that it left so much to be desired.

Why is it that a lot of airlines that had the chance completely missed the mark on this? Kingfisher and Jet Airways come to mind right away.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Screaming my name for a future TR!

Please! Please! Since I never get to fly oneworld (except crappy AA once in a while) I can only find out what they are like from a master trip report writer such as yourself.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):


I am not even sure if you can answer this, but are those the same full flat seats SAA has?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Petra is truly what they say, a wonder of the world! Take a look at the following pictures and see for yourself

Amazing pictures Roni. I can't say I have ever been to Jordan yet but Petra has always been on my must see list. Hopefully I'll make it out there one day.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
Crown Class Cabin

Economy Class Cabin[/quote]
I know those seats very well, same ones used by Virgin America!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
I chose the chicken, which turned out to be 'Moghrabia' which is a "Levant" version of couscous with chicken. It was absolutely mouth-watering!

That couscous really does look pretty good, but I am a sucker for anything with couscous.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
and a greater incentive to continue racking up those Oneworld miles!

For a time it looked like oneworld was fall behind the times, but with the addition of RJ and the upcoming entry by Kingfisher it looks like they are once again headed in the right direction.

Eagerly awaiting more trip reports from you!

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: caleb1
Posted 2010-06-13 16:27:14 and read 32767 times.

Hail to the king of TRs!! Roni, when I grow up, I want to travel like you. Excellent job!!

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: airpearl
Posted 2010-06-14 00:51:51 and read 32767 times.

Hey the man Roni! What an excellent job capturing the essence of the new Royal Jordanian. This is really a wonderful composition and the photos are just superb. Thanks so much.

I do however have to lodge a formal complaint that you have caused havoc on my year-end travel plans to Europe - causing me to yet again re-evaluate options and introducing another carrier into the growing list of possibilities. And worse, I fear it wouldn't be the last one either!  
.

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Two almost-new A330s have entered the fleet mainly to cater for the airlines expansion into the long-lost destination Kuala Lumpur.

  Interesting timing for the service. They had quite a nice welcome back at KLIA - I do hope they will do well. RJ was actually one of my first forays into the exotic when they flew into KUL with L15s. RJ then offered some of the cheapest fares to London and the only viable daytime westbound service, but inflight service was - if I recall correctly - not bad, only a little 'rough and ready' with an almost all-male crew. What a world of difference the new RJ looks now. The offerings from meals to inflight amenities indicate an airline which is seriously upping its game.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
Traces of an upcoming Cathay Flight from JED with continuing service to HKG

Hahaha... absolutely nothing about CX ever passes you by, eh? I totally understand, my friend.  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
In fact, Terminal 1 at DXB is showing a very KLIA-esque atmosphere on this Friday afternoon

Now, now, this is getting personal... but at least KLIA is a benchmark of sorts! hahaha

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
This is no show of artificial culture or any of the sort, but the presence of laid-back Jordanian crew who don’t feel a need to fake any smile -but would do so genuinely when required- really brought me back to something more down-to-earth that is so hard to find in the GCC region.

You're quite right there. The GCC region has some pretty good airlines, but the hotchpotch of crew recruited from four dozen airlines does make it make it seem like potluck whether one is going to get SQ, BA, QF or SU service with them today. It's nice to see a Middle East airline that's still a little more 'authentic'. By the way, the cabin pics taken by the point-and-shoot were great. I presume you didn't get into any problems taking cabin pics for this flight?

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I don't know why, but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that picture was Swiss.

Yes, for me too!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
It was definitely a very modern system with a great interface, but unfortunately the entertainment selection was so miniscule that it left so much to be desired.

That's a shame - but I suppose this is something that can be rectified rather quickly if RJ chooses.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
My headset

A different one on the A320 from the A332?

Thanks again for the report. I enjoyed the pictures of Petra too, which I have yet to visit. Perhaps a stopover en route to LHR? Yes, it's getting very tempting...

Look forward to your next report!

Cheers,
airpearl

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: BrusselsSouth
Posted 2010-06-14 04:01:22 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

Excellent report, as usual.

Service on RJ's A330 seems quite good and I like the cabin, except that as you say, wear will soon be apparent (already is on your return leg).

AMM airport does not sound too impressive, but still decent though.

Fantastic pictures (as usual !) in general, and of Petra / Jordan in particular.

Keep up the good work !

Regards
BrusselsSouth

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2010-06-14 07:08:24 and read 32767 times.

Great report, thanks for sharing. The food looks pretty good, as does the new A330. The controller on the A320 looks so old school, but better than most A320s I suppose.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-14 10:17:50 and read 32767 times.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 27):
I remember you saying a while ago at how difficult it was to post a TR with RJ due to the security on board, however you did manage to take plenty of pictures.



Hi Sandeep!

I'm not sure whether it's my fears have exaggerated the situation more than it really is, or whether indeed these marshalls can make or break a TR. But yes, it was definitely a success.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 27):
But how come only 10 or 11 seats seem to be red?



I think this theme is classier than an all-red one. The old red leather Crown Class seats on the A342 were nice, but i think i like this design more.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
As usual, phenomenal job Roni! Some how I had a feeling you would be the first person to report on the RJ A330.



Thanks Anosh!  
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I don't know why, but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that picture was Swiss.



You know what? Thats what it is!! I thought something seemed 'familiar' but i couldn't lay my finger on it!

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
Why is it that a lot of airlines that had the chance completely missed the mark on this? Kingfisher and Jet Airways come to mind right away.



Seriously. If you're willing to spend all that on the technology, then i think you can spend a little more on the software to keep it going.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
I am not even sure if you can answer this, but are those the same full flat seats SAA has?



I've definitely seen these seats somewhere too.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 28):
For a time it looked like oneworld was fall behind the times, but with the addition of RJ and the upcoming entry by Kingfisher it looks like they are once again headed in the right direction.



Indeed. And thank God JAL remained within too!

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 29):
Hail to the king of TRs!! Roni, when I grow up, I want to travel like you. Excellent job!!



Thanks Caleb!   .. Glad you enjoyed!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
Hey the man Roni! What an excellent job capturing the essence of the new Royal Jordanian. This is really a wonderful composition and the photos are just superb. Thanks so much.



Aha! Mr. Airpearl!

Good to know you are alive and kicking ..   
Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
I do however have to lodge a formal complaint that you have caused havoc on my year-end travel plans to Europe - causing me to yet again re-evaluate options and introducing another carrier into the growing list of possibilities. And worse, I fear it wouldn't be the last one either!



It will never be the last one!   A new possibilty is always a new click, a new a.net thread, a new airline route blog, or a press release away  
Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
Interesting timing for the service. They had quite a nice welcome back at KLIA - I do hope they will do well.



I think they will do well this time.

I've always wondered why they even quit KUL in the first place. Jordanians love to holiday there, and there is quite a number of Malaysian students studying Arabic in Jordan.

However, now with the Oneworld feed, the growing business links between Malaysia and Jordan, and a route tagged to BKK and with the right capacity, i can see it succeed.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
but inflight service was - if I recall correctly - not bad, only a little 'rough and ready' with an almost all-male crew.



The 'rough' part can still be around at RJ, but i felt it was more down-to-earth and not pretentious.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
Hahaha... absolutely nothing about CX ever passes you by, eh?



Good ol CX  
Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
By the way, the cabin pics taken by the point-and-shoot were great. I presume you didn't get into any problems taking cabin pics for this flight?



No problems whatsoever on the Marshall front. But i need to figure out a better setting for taking night shots with that digi cam.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
A different one on the A320 from the A332?



The ones on the A320 are the new version. I wasn't expecting the older ones to still be available actually.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 30):
Perhaps a stopover en route to LHR? Yes, it's getting very tempting...



And you could get two A330's   Do it my friend!

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 31):
Hi Roni,

Excellent report, as usual.

Service on RJ's A330 seems quite good and I like the cabin, except that as you say, wear will soon be apparent (already is on your return leg).

AMM airport does not sound too impressive, but still decent though.

Fantastic pictures (as usual !) in general, and of Petra / Jordan in particular.

Keep up the good work !

Regards
BrusselsSouth



Thanks BrusselsSouth!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 32):
The controller on the A320 looks so old school, but better than most A320s I suppose.



Hi Gabrielchew,

If i remember correctly, the A330 also had the same controller. Not the most user-friendly type i must admit!


Thank you all for your comments!

Regards,
R

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: burj
Posted 2010-06-14 13:22:05 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
Seriously. If you're willing to spend all that on the technology, then i think you can spend a little more on the software to keep it going.

If I am reading this right you are refering the lack of offerings given by the IFE?

Well the cost to have AVOD IFE is pretty much all an up front, one time, cost (besides maintenance which should not be too expensive...)

HOWEVER the cost for making a large selection of TV shows and movies available is a recurring cost. So I can see why RJ (or other airlines) would be willing to pay $$ up front for the system...but then change how much they are willing to pay each month to keep it stocked with entertainment...

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: EL-AL
Posted 2010-06-14 18:33:16 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 26):
Samer Majali? He moved on and is now Gulf Air's CEO.

I was talking about Nader al-Dahabi, I think that the major change in RJ was during his time (1994-2001).

Quoting ronerone (Reply 26):
RJ has become quite pricey. I was told that they are aiming for the high-yielding passengers mostly.

Too bad, they may lose the Israeli far east market that way; on some of RJ's far east flights Israelis are 50% of the passengers.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2010-06-14 18:37:13 and read 32767 times.

Hello Roni,

I would have totally missed this one, but it caught my eye in time  . When I saw the opening pic of the winglet, I thought RJ had their Premium cabins at the back    . Hmm so you do fly in Economy too   

The Dubai terminal looks like something out of the future, perhaps when Dubai had passed it's former glory, and no longer had it's status as a busy airport. But give me this terminal, despite the many complaints of being overcrowded. It had it's own vibe, when compared to the new, large, cold and unfriendly Dubai Terminal. Interesting to see the PK flight "closing" and as you progressed it had soon "departed"   

That RJ A330 is a beauty, in fact anything in the RJ colours is gorgeous! Would love to lay my hands on a fairly decent model of that jet someday! The cabin crew look great, and the intial reaction I got when I saw the pic was Kingfisher meets LH, on a Swiss themed jet to bring it all together. The Red of the Kingfisher, meets the hats of LH LOL. Also the traditional "Middle Eastern scarf" has been abandoned as found in the likes of GF, SV, EK, EY, WY. (But then Jordan is so much more different from the rest of the Arab World with HH Queen Rania being a trail blazer to break stereotypes!) Such a far cry from your other report "This is Royal Jordanian". Also could not help but chuckle at the interaction and conversations are much shorter in cattle class   

Nice to see pics of Petra, have seen so many already and travel documentaries too, that one must make a trip there sometime! Was it quite deserted because you got there early before the tourist buses got in?

Great to see another trip report from you, but this still does not let you off the hook regarding Qatar Airways!

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ojas
Posted 2010-06-14 21:00:34 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 26):
Hmm .. i have never heard of 'Petra' fast food joint!

Hmm ... I thought they were a chain all around the GCC, but maybe not.

In Doha, they have 5-6 restaurants. They are an egyptian fast food chain and you get all sort of stuff like Falafel, Showarmah, Hamus, Kebabs etc. the food is really awesome there!

In this link ... the first review mentiones about Petra http://www.qatarliving.com/node/94517

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-15 21:47:20 and read 32767 times.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 35):
I was talking about Nader al-Dahabi, I think that the major change in RJ was during his time (1994-2001).

Interesting, i hadn't kept too current with RJ up until they joined Oneworld. I guess i have some homework to do  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
When I saw the opening pic of the winglet, I thought RJ had their Premium cabins at the back . Hmm so you do fly in Economy too

Hi Flightsimboy!

LOL .. I can surprise you!  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
The cabin crew look great, and the intial reaction I got when I saw the pic was Kingfisher meets LH, on a Swiss themed jet to bring it all together. The Red of the Kingfisher, meets the hats of LH LOL. Also the traditional "Middle Eastern scarf" has been abandoned as found in the likes of GF, SV, EK, EY, WY.

Ah yes .. The very comment i have been waiting for .. from a.net's pure-bred cabin crew consultant  

Excellent description, and i am glad RJ did not opt for the scarf idea. Don't get me wrong, it isn't a bad idea, but with the likes of GF, EK, EY, and WY - where it isn't a religious requirement - too much of that is going on!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
Such a far cry from your other report "This is Royal Jordanian".

Really? Service-wise i thought they were the same. But TR-wise i think this is better  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 36):
Also could not help but chuckle at the interaction and conversations are much shorter in cattle class

I think it is easier to take pics in Y, but i find it quite challenging to compile a rountrip report on the same airline in Y!

Quoting ojas (Reply 37):
In Doha, they have 5-6 restaurants. They are an egyptian fast food chain and you get all sort of stuff like Falafel, Showarmah, Hamus, Kebabs etc. the food is really awesome there!

Sounds nice! .. Maybe this should be my excuse to fly QR?  


Cheers,
R

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2010-06-16 07:40:26 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 38):
Ah yes .. The very comment i have been waiting for .. from a.net's pure-bred cabin crew consultant

I keep feeling more like one with the kind comments such as these from you. Hmmm is there such a thing as a cabin crew consultant job lol

Quoting ronerone (Reply 38):
Really? Service-wise i thought they were the same.

No, I was referring to the difference in classes. I'm sure the service was more top notch up there in First.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: oa260
Posted 2010-06-16 08:06:18 and read 32767 times.

Nice report as usual I have to say I love the new interior of RJ. They certainly look like a decent airline and product, they never used to have a great reputation they seemed to go downhill for a while. Great to see them improving again.

Love the photos of Petra also.


Philip

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ClassicLover
Posted 2010-06-16 12:02:24 and read 32767 times.

Brilliant report  
Quoting Carfield (Reply 8):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report! I am looking forward to my RJ Crown Class flight from BKK to HKG next month!

You will love it - RJ is amazing in Crown Class!

Quoting Carfield (Reply 8):
RJ has really become a star among Oneworld carriers, especially the major ones all suffer from major cutbacks in various service items in all cabin classes.

I tried RJ as soon as they joined oneworld in 2007. I've never looked back - I rather enjoy flying with them! They certainly aren't any second tier carrier in the alliance, that's for sure!

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 25):
I think you've convinced me to use RJ between BKK and LHR next year - their J class fares are some of the cheapest out there.

Do it! I've done LHR-AMM-BKK a couple of times in Crown Class, and also BUD-AMM-BKK on my way to and from Australia. You won't go wrong, believe me! However, do be advised that the PTVs on the A310 and A340 are portable players and not built into the seats. It's no biggie though - wait until you see the cabin service and the food you get   Amazing on every level!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 40):
They certainly look like a decent airline and product, they never used to have a great reputation they seemed to go downhill for a while. Great to see them improving again.

They seemed to go downhill, how?   When?

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-17 00:57:18 and read 32767 times.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 39):
Hmmm is there such a thing as a cabin crew consultant job lol

There is one now. On a.net  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 39):
No, I was referring to the difference in classes. I'm sure the service was more top notch up there in First.

It was definitely more top notch in Crown Class   .. But both classes, and both experiences were great.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 40):
they never used to have a great reputation they seemed to go downhill for a while. Great to see them improving again.

Heya Phil.

I am glad they have improved too, and drastically so, since that time you are referring to.

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
They certainly aren't any second tier carrier in the alliance, that's for sure!

Hi ClassicLover,

I agree! ..

A perfect fit for good ol Oneworld  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
However, do be advised that the PTVs on the A310 and A340 are portable players and not built into the seats. It's no biggie though - wait until you see the cabin service and the food you get Amazing on every level!

Due to the late arrival of the 787's, the A342's will have a longer life with RJ. As such, a retrofit program will be launched to align the product offering to that of the current availability on the narrow-bodies and the A330's.

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
They seemed to go downhill, how? When?

Yes. But that was a very long time ago. Poor service, almost never on time, shabby aircraft interiors, rude staff, and everything else associated with a pure government airline.

But thankfully, things are different now.


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: airpearl
Posted 2010-06-17 09:32:43 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
A new possibilty is always a new click, a new a.net thread, a new airline route blog, or a press release away

Don't know about you, but sometimes I think the reason for my existence... such a sad sap I am. hahaha

Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
However, now with the Oneworld feed, the growing business links between Malaysia and Jordan, and a route tagged to BKK and with the right capacity, i can see it succeed.

You could be right, though it'd be nicer if they were operating KUL-AMM nonstop. But perhaps that's something in the pipeline for later. In the meantime, I found out today RJ do have KUL-BKK rights - which means my RJ experience on the A332 could be sooner than I think 
Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
The 'rough' part can still be around at RJ, but i felt it was more down-to-earth and not pretentious.

I can't wait to try out the service again after such a long time. From the looks of it, almost like another airline. And they have a Friday night flight into BKK which is perfect for me. (But too bad no return on a Sunday though).

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: Aleksandar
Posted 2010-06-17 12:42:54 and read 32767 times.

Hello Roni!

Thank you for yet another wonderful TR. For some reason, Royal Jordanian is an airline I want to try some day. I will always remember their nice office in Belgrade with big Tristar model and wonderful brochures. Anyway, it seems that they are really improving recently and that their product is very, very good.

Now, there is a question I simply have to ASK. How much were those models and did you buy some of them in Duty Free?  

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-17 23:00:09 and read 32767 times.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
In the meantime, I found out today RJ do have KUL-BKK rights - which means my RJ experience on the A332 could be sooner than I think

This is an interesting development! I have checked before and i did not get any fares BKK-KUL. But i just checked again and it is available!   

Very very interesting! My three favorite South-East Asian cities are now connected by RJ  
Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
I can't wait to try out the service again after such a long time. From the looks of it, almost like another airline. And they have a Friday night flight into BKK which is perfect for me. (But too bad no return on a Sunday though).

Go for it! I am so sure you can find a way back somehow  
Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 44):
Now, there is a question I simply have to ASK. How much were those models and did you buy some of them in Duty Free?

Hey Aleksandar!

Good to see you on the forum! Havent heard from you in a while.

I did not check the price the last time unfortunately. But on my next trip i will check as i plan to shop for some!

Cheers,
R

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: Aleksandar
Posted 2010-06-18 05:20:14 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 45):
Hey Aleksandar!

Good to see you on the forum! Havent heard from you in a while.

Hello!
Well, I've been travelling around Serbia for more than a month and you can see some of the photos on my Facebook profile. It is not much exciting or exotic as your trips and not a single one was by plane, so I'll tell you more about them there  

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: chepos
Posted 2010-06-18 10:10:42 and read 32767 times.

Another wionderful trip report from you! as usual a very entertaining read Thank you for sharing.
Great pictures of Petra by the way, Jordan is high on my country of places to visit.

Regards,

Chepos

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: bedo
Posted 2010-06-19 02:43:21 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni!

Great report as always.

The Petra Pics are really good, but the interior ones are good too, it seems a good choice that G11.

Thank you for sharing!



PD: Is this guy wearing a jacket in Dubai??

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-19 08:34:58 and read 32767 times.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 46):
so I'll tell you more about them there

Great! Looking forward to that!

Quoting chepos (Reply 47):
Another wionderful trip report from you! as usual a very entertaining read Thank you for sharing.
Great pictures of Petra by the way, Jordan is high on my country of places to visit.

Regards,

Chepos

Thanks Chepos! Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting bedo (Reply 48):
Hi Roni!

Great report as always.

Thanks Bedo!  
Quoting bedo (Reply 48):
The Petra Pics are really good, but the interior ones are good too, it seems a good choice that G11.

G11 is quite good yes, especially during daylight.

Quoting bedo (Reply 48):
PD: Is this guy wearing a jacket in Dubai??

Haha .. Interesting observation! I hadn't paid attention to him.

Can't imagine wearing a jacket in this heat.


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2010-06-20 08:58:23 and read 32767 times.

Quoting bedo (Reply 48):
PD: Is this guy wearing a jacket in Dubai??

He probably had all his documents in the jacket pockets, and decided to keep it on for the short walk to the terminal from the taxi, for fear of losing any items had it to be flung over the rail of the luggage cart. Besides he was probably returning to a cold climate and hence had the jacket. I've walked out of Dubai Airport too sometimes bearing a large winter jacket LOL

Believe it or not, the air conditioning sometimes inside the terminal, stores is worse than a Canadian winter, and a light jacket in one's old age is needed! And when you walk in and out of stores from the cold A/C into the heat, and then back inside one can get quite sick! I know I did the first time I was there! Quite bizzare actually.

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2010-06-21 01:43:21 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

finally I had the time to read this report. It's great to fly on such 'new' A330 and just in service. For sure you're the first again here showing a almost perfect Y-class product I would say. I also think RJ is indeed meeting the other airlines here and offer a maybe even better product.

I really like the calm, bright and fresh coloursetting in the cabin. Same goes for the A320

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
However, this light-colored theme will easily show signs of wear and tear in the future.

I think so too. Especially the light-grey fabrics will get dirty easily. But as long as the airline keeps it clean and renews the covers timely, I don't see problems with it. We'll see how they are after a year or so  

It's great to see the IFE in their A320's also. I guess this is only featured on the newer examples in the RJ-fleet? I think also from Europe to AMM, the airline delivers a very pleasant experience.

PS - great pics of all. Good choice of lenses to use. I like it!

Eric

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: NZ107
Posted 2010-06-22 01:43:23 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,

Another superb TR. Pictures were fantastic and it was well detailed.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
But I didn’t give up. A few simple clicks on Expedia’s website resulted in a purchase of a roundtrip ticket on Royal Jordanian, and even that with a slightly cheaper fare than what the airline’s website had offered me.

It's always intriguing when you can use a 3rd party website and book for cheaper.. And it's easier!

Quoting ronerone (Thread starter):
Views of the seating and food court area

Reminds me a bit like WLG.. Except much bigger in scale and there are actually heavies that pass by.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 1):
I had packed my big camera away, and pulled out my smaller point-n-shoot which is now officially designated as the Royal Jordanian camera

Thanks for the investment into a RJ camera! Wasn't disappointed by the quality either. I would have probably went for the S90 however.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
RJ’s A330, only 4 days old with the airline

That plane must have smelt good!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
Introducing the Economy Class cabin on board Royal Jordanian’s A330-200

Looks so nice, but I guess you expect that from a plane that's only 4 days old!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
After the meal service, the crew passed around with a trolley collecting empty cups first, and this was followed by another round to collect the meal trays.

Interesting. Is this for some kinda environmental reason? QF have started doing this separation.. CSR run IMO.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
I asked for a cup of coffee to keep me awake for the long drive ahead

Ahh, I guess that's the reason why there was no Bloody Mary. Come to think of it, I need to find a trademark drink too so I can start judging airlines by that lol.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 3):
Screaming my name for a future TR!

Also looks wonderful! But I guess you expect that from...  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 5):
They offer a competitive product in Economy Class that can match that of any of the top carriers. Great legroom, comfortable seating, tasty meals, and cabin crew that really aren’t so bad, all of which add up to a solid product in my books.

Yes indeed. That TR makes me want to go to Asia and then try RJ on one of those routes. Very nice. Those meals look wonderful!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 43):
I found out today RJ do have KUL-BKK rights - which means my RJ experience on the A332 could be sooner than I think

I kinda want the A310 to stick around for a little while longer so I can get a chance at flying on it!


Regards,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-22 09:32:11 and read 32767 times.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 51):
I think so too. Especially the light-grey fabrics will get dirty easily. But as long as the airline keeps it clean and renews the covers timely, I don't see problems with it. We'll see how they are after a year or so

Hi Eric   .. Hope Morocco was fun!

I think all this aircraft needs is a couple of high-peak full summer flights to the Gulf and the seats will be gone!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 51):
I guess this is only featured on the newer examples in the RJ-fleet? I think also from Europe to AMM, the airline delivers a very pleasant experience.

I believe this is available accross RJ's entire Airbus fleet, except for the A310's which are being phased out, and the A340's which are getting a refit. The Embraer's are equipped with the new seats, but no personal IFE.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 52):
Another superb TR. Pictures were fantastic and it was well detailed.

Thanks Nicholas  

Nice to see you do some 'serious' TR-reading today  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 52):
I would have probably went for the S90 however.

How come? .. The G11 is quite alright for it's size and i guess it did the job.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 52):
Interesting. Is this for some kinda environmental reason? QF have started doing this separation.. CSR run IMO.

You could be right. It makes sense that way. All i know is that crew seem to prefer it like that as they hate having to manage used cups while collecting meal trays.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 52):
Ahh, I guess that's the reason why there was no Bloody Mary.

Exactly  


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: NZ107
Posted 2010-06-22 16:32:51 and read 32767 times.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 53):
Nice to see you do some 'serious' TR-reading today

Yeah, it was nice for me to read so many at once and finally comment on them! Stupid exams..

Quoting ronerone (Reply 53):
How come? .. The G11 is quite alright for it's size and i guess it did the job.

Considering that I already have a DSLR, I'd be wanting a camera that can take very nice pictures but is not that big. The S90 is very capable for what it is and it too would do the job nicely for you. I think I'd just like to save that little bit of room while carrying the 3 lenses on me as well. Especially with the capability of the DSLR, the G11 is just about one!

Any more TRs in the pipeline for the near future?

Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-06-24 19:24:55 and read 32767 times.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 54):
Stupid exams..

Hope your exams went well!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 54):
Any more TRs in the pipeline for the near future?

Unfortunately many of us here, i have a backlog now   But i will squeeze them out in between my work schedule eventually  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 54):
Considering that I already have a DSLR, I'd be wanting a camera that can take very nice pictures but is not that big. The S90 is very capable for what it is and it too would do the job nicely for you. I think I'd just like to save that little bit of room while carrying the 3 lenses on me as well. Especially with the capability of the DSLR, the G11 is just about one!

Good point! .. By the way, what do you think of the Olympus Pen series?


Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: gardermoen
Posted 2010-07-03 03:29:35 and read 32767 times.

Hello

Another great trip report with fab photos.
Your trip reminds me of my trip to Jordan not so long ago. In fact, some of your Petra photos are very similiar to mine!
I am sure walking around Petra in summer sure is a lot different to when I did in the middle of winter.

RJ sure looks like an ok airline. Some friends recently flew them LHR-AMM-CMB and they only booked because it was the cheapest on offer, but they were really impressed by the food and cabin service.

A quick stamp on my passport at the immigration desk, and I was airside at 6:20pm
I found departure immigration at AMM to the be the SLOWEST I have ever encounered anywhere. And the queue was not even that long. Or was I just unfortunate?

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-07-03 10:12:28 and read 32767 times.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 56):
A quick stamp on my passport at the immigration desk, and I was airside at 6:20pm
I found departure immigration at AMM to the be the SLOWEST I have ever encounered anywhere. And the queue was not even that long. Or was I just unfortunate?

Hi gardmoen,

Thanks for stopping by!

It is quite normal to experience extremely slow immigration processing at AMM. While it has improved over the years, you can still find the occasional officer who likes to royally takes his time.

Glad you enjoyed RJ. Though, i am surprised that you found them to be the cheapest option to CMB (and even that, cheaper than UL!) .. Unfortunately in my region, they haven't been the cheapest option in quite some time!

Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: NZ107
Posted 2010-07-03 16:21:52 and read 32767 times.

Sorry, completely forgot to reply.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
Hope your exams went well!

I hope so too!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
Unfortunately many of us here, i have a backlog now

Haha, it's the telling story huh! Look out for my next one by the end of today.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
By the way, what do you think of the Olympus Pen series?

Umm, similar to the compacts, they pack the megapixels into a tiny sensor. The concept might be good and they might claim that their photos are as good as a DSLR, but this will never be the case unless they upgrade the sensor to that of a DSLR. It's like the comparison between the 40D and 50D - 50D has heaps of megapixels packed into the same sensor as the 40D which a lot of people complain creates excessive grain. Same deal goes with compacts.. The marketing ploy to get people thinking that more megapixels are better has completely taken the uninformed market and they can nearly sell new cameras just because they have say 15mp in a compact. So I'm quite skeptical although I'd like to try out a Micro four-thirds camera someday (a few of my friends have one) just for the sake of it and compare pics. Paying (NZ)$1000 for one of those - I'd be MUCH better off buying another lens or at least saving up for one. The 10-22mm quality pays for itself in this situation, there's no way a GF1 or Pen camera could match it for quality, nor the wide angle.


Cheers,
Nicholas

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: LH4116
Posted 2010-07-12 04:51:47 and read 32767 times.

Hey Roni, great report! Sorry for the late reply.

Seems like you and your friend had a good time in Jordan, and the flights looked very nice! The meal service seemed very generous, for being a relatively short flight. In fact the tableware and coffee cup are exactly the same as TAP Portugal uses, lol. The headphones provided seemed rather OK though, but isn't it a bit wasteful of the airline to give them away for free instead of re-using them?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2010-07-13 07:59:07 and read 32767 times.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 59):
Hey Roni, great report! Sorry for the late reply.

Salam Jonas! ..

Good to hear from you. Was wondering where you've disappeared  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 59):
In fact the tableware and coffee cup are exactly the same as TAP Portugal uses, lol.

Now TAP is something i am interested to see! .. I was in LIS not too long ago, and i was not impressed with the airport! Though, TAP's colors did add a nice touch to the otherwise dull scenery!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 59):
The headphones provided seemed rather OK though, but isn't it a bit wasteful of the airline to give them away for free instead of re-using them?

I am sure this has been studied by the airline somehow, as they have been doing this for many many years. They would have scrapped it during the time they were restructuring, but thankfully, it is still here!


Regards,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: NewYorkCityBoi
Posted 2011-11-17 12:02:45 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,
I will have a 24 hour stop over in AMM (7pm-8pm the next day) and wondering what would be the best way to get to Petra. I read about it and saw that the public transportation would take ~4 hour from Amman bus station.. but I need to get from the airport to the city too so it may consume more time. I am by myself, would you think that it is easy to drive from the airport to Petra like you did (without someone to help driving)? Would there be signs in English? Do I need an international Driver License? or American one would do?
Tum

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: ronerone
Posted 2011-11-18 04:27:45 and read 32767 times.

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 61):
Hi Roni,
I will have a 24 hour stop over in AMM (7pm-8pm the next day) and wondering what would be the best way to get to Petra. I read about it and saw that the public transportation would take ~4 hour from Amman bus station.. but I need to get from the airport to the city too so it may consume more time. I am by myself, would you think that it is easy to drive from the airport to Petra like you did (without someone to help driving)? Would there be signs in English? Do I need an international Driver License? or American one would do?
Tum

Hi Tum,

Given that you have 24 hours in Amman, i would think the best way to get to Petra is to rent a car from the airport and drive there. Road signs all the way to Petra are adequate (it's mostly a straight shot all the way anyways). I'm not so good with directions myself, and i did it without much hassle  

I rented my car with my UAE driver's license, so i am so sure an American one will also do  

Are you flying RJ?

Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Petra Express!: On Royal Jordanian's A330-200
Username: NewYorkCityBoi
Posted 2012-01-22 15:47:14 and read 32767 times.

Hi Roni,
Thanks for the reply. I booked the car rental and the same hotel you went. Will be there next week, and continue my trip to Cairo (by plane). One problem is the map and direction I found on google map seems to be not so clear... about the hotel directions. Would there be signs in English? Given I will be driving at night. Do they have navigator available at the car rental?
Tum


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