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The Midnight A310 To Bangkok! (lots Of Pics!)  
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4639 posts, RR: 23
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 17580 times:

Royal Jordanian
RJ130 - 12 July 2008
AMM-BKK
Airbus A310-304 - JY-AGP
Seat: Business 2A
Departure time: 02:05
Arrival time: 15:15


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It wasn't midnight, but midnight sounds much more romantic an hour than 2am! Read on...

I flew into Amman from Budapest and had a six hour wait at the airport. That flight is covered in the trip report here - http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/129996/

Flashed my boarding pass and was permitted back into departures. The new Royal Jordanian Crown Class lounge was due to open in April 2008, then June 2008 and last I heard it was mid-July 2008 - which means I had to use the old lounge. While I was slightly bummed out about that, I consoled myself with the fact that I am going to be there again on the return in August and hopefully it'll be open then. Either way, there had been some changes to the existing lounge since I was there in April 2007.

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There were now computers against the back wall, and free wireless throughout the lounge. Fast wireless! However, some things remained the same such as the large television...

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... and the food area. The old Business Centre (small glassed off room with the PCs in it) was now the smoking room. Anyway, the six hours passed quickly - not only was the wireless fast and free, but the plugs in Jordan are the same as the UK - so I didn't run out of battery either. Two trip reports passed the time nicely!

I also visited the bathroom, and this is where RJ show they are trying to upgrade the product as much as possible.

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Proper towels and even monogrammed ones...

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I really can't wait to see the new lounge in August if it's open. Queen Alia International Airport remains the worst one I've ever been to for it's sheer ugliness and boringness. I didn't take any pictures, as I didn't want to make your eyes bleed.

"Gate closed" for boarding at 1:35am, however we didn't board until 1:55am. No explanation was given, and our flight was listed both at Gate 2 (correct) and Gate 12 (incorrect) on different electronic departure boards in the airport. I had assumed they were all linked, but not at QAIA!

I was first on board and settled quickly into 2A. The three RJ A310s recently went through an interior and engine refurbishment at a cost of 10 million Jordanian Dinars (basically 10 million Euros) to see them through to the 787 delivery. The new seats are Recaro ones, the same as on Aer Lingus, and other airlines.



They have lots of legroom as well, however Row 1 is the place to be. As there is no seat in front, there is extra room as the bulkheads don't have cut outs in them, so essentially you get more face space.

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The Crown Class flight attendant introduced herself to me, and her and her helpers were magnificent throughout the flight. We had a welcome drink (Guava juice for me) and she took orders for after take off. We were also issued stickers to put on our seats to indicate whether we wanted to be woken up two hours before landing for the breakfast service. That was a nice touch!

We ran out of time for the full English safety demo - it was cut off near the end, and we were into the air about 35 minutes late. Once aloft, I went to hit the toilet - and found out that it hadn't been part of the upgrade. We love blue loo!

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Immediately after, we were served our light snack before lights out.

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Smoked salmon on bread, cheese on bread, and ham on bread, with some desserty things and a salad. Very nice and perfect for such a late night departure - I also had a champagne, then popped my seat into the sleeping position and attempted to sleep. I basically cat napped as I do, cause I don't sleep well on planes. Snoring indicated others were more successful at sleep!

I got up about 2.5 hours before arrival (the preparation for the breakfast got me up). The breakfast menu was distributed and looked a little like this -



Fruit, bread and the tray arrived...

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Followed by a gorgeous smoothie, of which a couple of people asked for seconds of. It had strawberry and banana in it... Cathay do a good one too, as do Qantas.



Next came the big serving cart for us to order our breakfast from.

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I chose a bit of everything basically, as I always do when presented with the cart! A la cart, loving it!

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Breakfast was nice, I particularly liked the sausages, they were great! Afterwards, I had a Danish. We'd made up some time along the flight so we weren't far behind schedule at all by the time we reached Thailand.





Besides the portable movie players, they also have main screen entertainment available, and this is it finishing.



Our friendly Crown Class flight attendant graciously allowed me to take her picture for this thread. She was wearing the traditional Jordanian clothing, which one F/A wears on each long haul sector. I like them, there are also many variations with other colours etc.



Before landing, we received our Crown Class gift, which was blown glass this time. The last sector was a digital alarm clock. You always get something, which is nice. We completed the feedback questionnairs and landed in Bangkok.

We were at the gate promptly.

Once again Royal Jordanian show their true colours in their service and food offerings. The new lounge should be good if the changes to the old one are any indication of what might be coming soon. The airline should be extremely good once the 787s come on stream with modern IFE - but they're certainly making progress!

I hope you enjoyed this report, please comment - I've been travelling now for 30 hours and I'm still not in Sydney, so comments help to keep me going  Smile Any questions, ask away!


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 17531 times:

Hey very nice report and the RJ J class looks very good. I love the seats and the colour. Also the uniforms are unique and very nice. Glad your having a good trip. Looking forward to the next one...

OA260


User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 314 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 17507 times:

WOW! The string of trip reports that you are creating have gotten me hooked! I was going to put off reading yours as a best for last idea, but once I started reading another domestic US TR......well lets just say this trip was a bit more interesting! Congratulations on managing to still be sane at this point of such a long trip but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end!! Enjoy the final flight. BA or QF? And enjoy Sydney.
Cheers from Sunny London


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17258 times:

It seems that RJ are trying very hard to lift their game, which is always a good sign. I wonder how were things back at cattle class?

Thanks for the report.

Regards
Ryan



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17134 times:

Excellent report and RJ sounds very interesting.

I am just amazed on how they are willing to spend $$$ to update the A310s interior. I assume that they will remain with RJ for a while.

But back to the menu issue, do you get to keep them or not?

Look forward to your next installment!

Thanks again,
Carfield


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16639 times:
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Great stuff!

The new RJ J product certainly looks much better than the old one and it appears there is some form of continuity in the improved service levels too, quite fancy giving them a go myself before the 310's leave the fleet for good - thankfully a while still with the 787 program the way it is.

How full was the flight?

Look forward to the next installment.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17078 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16507 times:

Great third part of this trip.

Once again RJ have impressed on me. And I am sure when they get the 787s they will be even better.

Pity about the lounge, but hope you will get the new one when you fly in august.

Cant wait for the last TR  Smile



Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16359 times:

Once again excellent TR! ..

I am glad to see that RJ is still showing it's true colors as you say.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
The breakfast menu was distributed and looked a little like this -

Did they distribute two menus? one before each meal service?

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
It had strawberry and banana in it...

Very similar to EY's breakfast energizer.

Thanks again for sharing. Good luck with the rest of your travels.

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16316 times:

Aha! The trip report I have been waiting for.. and it was definitley worth the wait.
The pictures are stunning and the food makes me want to go out and grab something to eat now  Smile
Glad you enjoyed the flight and I believe you now that we should fly RJ on our trip to Thailand next year Big grin

JG  Yeah sure



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 16051 times:

I am surprised they serve ham. It was funny to see that your neighbour took his socks off. Nice pictures. Thanks.

User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2171 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15552 times:

Excellent TR. Really enjoyed the read.RJ look like a very reliable airline. Going to have to read your other reports soon. Thanks for posting.
Mark


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4639 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15017 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Also the uniforms are unique and very nice.

Only one F/A wears that one - and it seems only Long Haul. The girls are usually in red skirts and jackets and white tops with small thin lines running down them. The guys are in black trousers and white tops.

Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 2):
Enjoy the final flight. BA or QF?

Last sector was QF.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 3):
I wonder how were things back at cattle class?

No idea  Smile

Quoting Carfield (Reply 4):
I am just amazed on how they are willing to spend $$$ to update the A310s interior. I assume that they will remain with RJ for a while.

They're keeping them until the 787s come... originally 2010, but I imagine 2011 or so now...

Quoting Carfield (Reply 4):
But back to the menu issue, do you get to keep them or not?

I kept one from this flight, though they did collect them. They didn't say anything - they sort of looked for it, didn't see it and moved on.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
How full was the flight?

Crown Class had three or four seats free. Economy was pretty full, judging by the amount of passengers on board.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
Did they distribute two menus? one before each meal service?

Yeah, they did. One on boarding and another before breakfast.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
I am surprised they serve ham.

I wasn't... RJ (and Jordan for that matter) are very cosmopolitan.

Thanks for all the comments - appreciated them! Glad you enjoyed the report!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14929 times:

Nice report on RJ! No problems to fly this airline after reading your report. And indeed, it's said before, but getting on the A310 is a nice extra nowadays  Wink

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14795 times:

Hi, Trent,

another well written part covered with interesting photos from your "half-around-the-world"
tour.

RJ itself and especially the A310, for sure something special here on A.net.

Hope to read more soon,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5263 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 14520 times:

I love the A La Carte cart!

Had the same thing with Asiana - Fab!


User currently offlinePumaknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 14472 times:

very cool trip report. That breakfast had my m outh watering. I loved the menu as well - Would love to know what the scrambled eggs in pancakes tasted like - that sounds divine  Smile

User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 14311 times:

Hey nice TR

Great to see an airline that rarely features in trip reports. I had heard that RJ were a bit of a poor relation when it came to airlines from the middle east, but they look pretty good.

Well done again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13076 times:

The F/A is Thai as I can read the name tag (Tippawan). RJ employs quite a few Thai F/A.

User currently offlinePblaketas From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 12681 times:

Gee the couches in the lounge look comfortable!! Big cushions!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4639 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 11716 times:



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 12):
And indeed, it's said before, but getting on the A310 is a nice extra nowadays

Especially one that was only refurbished in late 2007  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
another well written part covered with interesting photos from your "half-around-the-world"
tour.

Thanks a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed the report!

Quoting ANstar (Reply 14):
I love the A La Carte cart!

So do I... I've not been served from a cart even in F on BA, and I have to say it has a certain class about it. The flight attendants also work really hard to plate the food you choose in front of you in such a way that it looks good. They can't be sloppy with bits of the portions all over the plate - very well trained and worth every penny they earn.

Quoting Spk (Reply 17):
The F/A is Thai as I can read the name tag (Tippawan). RJ employs quite a few Thai F/A.

Yes, that was her name - and she was definitely Thai as she did announcements in Thai for the passengers also.

Quoting Pblaketas (Reply 18):
Gee the couches in the lounge look comfortable!! Big cushions!

They aren't bad at all - it's a lounge in the true sense of the word!  Smile



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5933 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9053 times:

I am shocked, never thought that RJ provides such a service (even it is J). Wow


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