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Royal Jordanian, London To Aqaba Via Amman. Part 1  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14438 times:

Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. Part 1



For a long time I’m thought about going to Jordan, home of the mystical rose city of Petra, and the deserts of Wadi Rum. Royal Jordanian (RJ) fly daily from LHR, and starting in March this year, easyJet started 3 weekly flights from LGW. Perhaps because of this new competitor, RJ were offering some excellent deals. I managed to snag a return for GBP270 (normal price is GBP450). Incidentally, easyJet were charging GBP414 (or GBP456 including a bag and charges) for the same dates – it wasn’t a hard decision, especially given RJs new A330s, and lounge access courtesy of my BA Silver card.

Once I started to formulate an itinerary, I decided to book a connecting flight down to Aqaba in the south of Jordan on the Red Sea, and this was done quickly and easily on the RJ website.

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RJ fly out of LHR Terminal 3, along with all other One World airlines. I tried to check in online, however the system would not allow me to. There was no queue at the RJ business class check in, and I was seen to quickly by a friendly AA employee. He was a little confused with my two separate tickets, but in the end managed to get my luggage tag printed. Unfortunately, he said I’d have to get my AMM-AQJ boarding pass in when I arrived in Amman.

I managed to use to Fast Track at security, which for once was quite fast. As this was the Thursday evening before the Easter weekend, the terminal was pretty busy with people making the most of having 2 four day weekends in a row off work, and linking them together (thereby getting 11 days off, and only taking 3 days holiday).

I headed too to the Cathay Pacific lounge first, which was fairly empty (there were no CX flights at this time). I ordered a bowl of noodles, and then settled down with a few magazines. The view from this lounge wasn’t the best – the First Class side has the good views.

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A G&T and snacks
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The CX lounge
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Looks like the lounge might have been finished in a hurry
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The view
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After my noodles, I headed over to the BA lounge. The alcohol selection here is much better than with CX.
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The views were better too
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A Grey Goose and tonic, and some curry.
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Departures


I decided not to buy a guidebook, but just the relevant chapter from the Lonely Planet Middle East guide (GBP3 per chapter). Luckily, BA have printers in the lounge, so I was able top print my guidebook out.
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After the BA lounge, I went across the other side of the corridor and had a look at the AA lounge (I’ve got to get the most out of my Silver card whilst I have it!). it seems like AA have gone for the cheap versions for most of the spirits. London Silk Gin? Kalinska Vodka? It looked a little cheap, but tastes much of a muchness.
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One thing I liked about the AA lounge was the little pots of fruit salad they had – oh, and the cookies!
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Vueling views from the AA lounge
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The long walk down to the far end of Terminal 3
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When I arrived at the gate, I was greeted with a very long queue.
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April 2011
London Heathrow (LHR) – Amman Queen Alia (AMM)
Royal Jordanian RJ 112
Scheduled: 1705-0015 (5h10m)
Actual: 1747-0024 (4h47m)
A330 JY-AIE

I was quite disappointed when I checked in to find the only window seats left were over the wing. Some people like wing seats, I don’t. However, the seat was nice, with a decent size PTV, and the cabin was nicely furnished. The flight was 100% full.
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We pushed back quite late (congestion), and headed for the runway past T5.
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Three KLM aircraft on the ground at the same time
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I’d managed to miss the latest Harry Potter in the cinemas, so I took this opportunity to watch it.
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Destination map and a refreshing tissue
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About forty minutes after departure, dinner was served. Despite advertising three choices in the inflight magazine, I was only offer a choice of two things. There was no menu, and I’m afraid I can’t remember what it was…. Beef I think. It was tasty though, and served with a salad and a very tasty cake.
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Everyone was given a mini bottle of water with their meal. I also asked for a Gin and Tonic. Unlike BA, they don’t have miniatures on RJ, so I was given a random pour of gin (it was a very large pour), and a big can of tonic.

Sunset
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IFE reset
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A nice, peaceful cabin
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Three hours into the flight a packed of Lebanese nuts were served, along with more drinks
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Once Happy Potter was over, I switched to Shrek. Despite having a nice new IFE system, the range of films on offer was decidedly poor.
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Another drink
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We managed to make up some of our delay, but still ended up landing 10 minutes late. This, however, wasn’t a problem for me as I still have a good seven hours before my connection to Aqaba.
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Disembarkation was fairly fast, and before long I was at the end of a fairly long queue to buy a visa. After a fifteen minute wait, I was stamped into Jordan, and proceeded through the baggage reclaim area and customs, and onto the street.
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I had a bit of a walk about outside the terminal, before heading to the departures area. RJ offer separate check in for Crown Class (J) and One World status passengers, away from the hustle and bustle of the main terminal.
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At this time of night, there was just one guy behind the desk. I took a seat whilst he asked if I was sure I wanted to go airside seven hours before the flight. After explaining that I’d just arrived from London, he printed out my boarding pass and I headed off through security.

I made a beeline for the lounge, where I was stopped and told that I could only come into the lounge three hours before the flight. He was fairly insistent on this point; however, I was also fairly adamant that I wasn’t going spend most of the night waiting to get into the lounge. After a few minuets two and fro, another member of staff came over and said it was fine for me to go into the lounge. Phew.

The lounge was fairly busy, with a few flights leaving for the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. There was quite a reasonable range of sandwiches and wraps available, as well as some chicken nuggets. Yum!
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My LHR plane
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After my midnight snack, I left the eating area, and headed off to the soft seating area. After about five minutes of trying to sleep, I decided to upgrade to one of the four ‘hotel-like’ bedrooms, available for USD50 for 4 hours. Not cheap, but worth it if you need a bit of shut-eye.
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After a few hours sleep, and a nice shower, I left the comfort of my room, and headed for the breakfast buffet. I had some apple juice, a coffee and an banana. There wasn’t really much else of interest seeing as the nuggets had gone.
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The new terminal as seen from the lounge.
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Around 0630 I headed down to the gate, which was yet to open. After a few minutes of waiting, a few RJ staff came down, and the security check opened. I had taken a few bottles of water from the lounge, which I thought I’d have to throw them away – luckily, the security check didn’t seem interested in anything at all, so I got to keep my water. From the security check I had my boarding card ripped, and then proceeded through a number of corridors, down a flight of stairs, and into a waiting bus.

I was rather shocked at how cold it was at 7am with the doors of the bus open – this wasn’t the Middle East I was expecting! After a few minutes, the bus had filled up, and we proceeded towards our plane.
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April 2011
Amman Queen Alia (AMM) – Aqaba King Hussein (AQJ)
Royal Jordanian RJ 300
Scheduled: 0715-0810 (0h55m)
Actual: 0736-0816 (0h40m)
A319 JY-AYM

Since booking, the flight had shown as operating with the A321, A320, A319 and E90. I was hoping for the E90, but we ended up on an A319.

Like the last flight, this was fully booked. Being the Middle East, Friday is the first day of the weekend, so the flight was full of Ammanis heading to the beach for the weekend.

Once the second bus of passengers arrived, the cabin crew came though with a choice of fruit juices. Interestingly, once we took off, there was no in-flight service.
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This was my first narrow body aircraft that had PTV, and the associated IFE box.
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A selection of some of the interesting aircraft littered around AMM
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Bad photos of the moving map
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I realised as we started descending that I was probably going to be sat on the wrong side to see anything on approach. Luckily, we ended up landing from the South, so I got some great views of the Red Sea, together with the Israeli resort of Eilat. Within 15 miles of Aqaba lie Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia – an interesting part of the world!
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Eilat
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We touched down a little behind schedule at the empty Aqaba Airport.
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Unfortunately, there was quite a lot of security staff around, so I couldn’t take a photo of the aircraft on the tarmac. There was a delay getting into the baggage hall as immigration officers wanted to check the visas of all passengers – bit strange given that we were arriving on a domestic flight.

My priority tagged bag came through about half way through the sytream of bags, and after my bag was x-rayed, I was free to go and try and pick up my hire car. I’d booked with Avis, whom were the only company to have a desk at Aqaba Airport. Unfortunately the desk was unmanned. After thirty minutes of phoning around, I was told to get a taxi into the city as “there are no staff to come to the airport right now”. Terrible service from such a large multinational, especially given that the car had been prebooked for months. After an awful taxi ride, where I was ripped off, I spent a further hour waiting for my car. On the plus side, however, I was upgrade from a Peugeot 206 to a Hummer! Not a bad upgrade, although the fuel consumption was terrible!

Part two, covering a few photos of Jordan, and my flight back to London should be out soon!

Questions and comments welcome!


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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14129 times:

Hi gabrielchew!

This is a great insight into RJ as well as its domestic services. Thanks for the many pictures! I'm most glad to see that you did not encounter any trouble taking photos of the cabin and all! Awesome!

Sorry to hear that you don't quite like window views over the wing. Me too but I'd make an exception for RJ, Its really interesting to see the crown logo on the wingtip, I'm surprised to see a tiny logo on the A319 too!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Despite advertising three choices in the inflight magazine, I was only offer a choice of two things.

I'm rather surprised! Didn't RJ pride itself in being the only carrier which offer three choices? Most strange indeed, especially its a decent 5 hour flight time from LHR.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
veryone was given a mini bottle of water with their meal. I also asked for a Gin and Tonic. Unlike BA, they don’t have miniatures on RJ, so I was given a random pour of gin (it was a very large pour), and a big can of tonic.

This is quite funny. I'm guessing she skipped the lemon slice.   

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I made a beeline for the lounge, where I was stopped and told that I could only come into the lounge three hours before the flight. He was fairly insistent on this point; however, I was also fairly adamant that I wasn’t going spend most of the night waiting to get into the lounge. After a few minuets two and fro, another member of staff came over and said it was fine for me to go into the lounge. Phew.

Thankfully it worked out the way you wanted! I guessed if you never took the risk, you'll never know!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After about five minutes of trying to sleep, I decided to upgrade to one of the four ‘hotel-like’ bedrooms, available for USD50 for 4 hours. Not cheap, but worth it if you need a bit of shut-eye.

Ooh, the bed looks comfortable indeed. A good decision made I'm sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A selection of some of the interesting aircraft littered around AMM

Wow, those aircraft and their liveries are the weirdest I've never seen. I've never heard of those airlines before! I guess its quite the airliner graveyard over at AMM!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There was a delay getting into the baggage hall as immigration officers wanted to check the visas of all passengers – bit strange given that we were arriving on a domestic flight.

Yeah, this is really weird but I guess they just wanted to be thorough about it.

Hows the crew onboard the flights?

Thank you very much for this indepth report! Hope you had a splendid time in Jordon and I'll be looking forward to your second part! I've never heard of Aqaba before and I'd very much hope you will share some photos of the place in your upcoming Part 2!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13874 times:

gabrielchew مر حبا .

Thank you for bringing this trip report.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed too to the Cathay Pacific lounge first
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After my noodles, I headed over to the BA lounge. The alcohol selection here is much better than with CX.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After the BA lounge, I went across the other side of the corridor and had a look at the AA lounge

Nothing like a good pub crawl before a flight.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was rather shocked at how cold it was at 7am

LOL. It can get very cold in Jordan - even snows in winter sometimes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interestingly, once we took off, there was no in-flight service.

I suppose it would be a bit rushed on a forty minute flight. But overall, considering the two flights, what were the cabin crew like? Friendly, efficient, warm, cheerful or bored and indifferent?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
After thirty minutes of phoning around, I was told to get a taxi into the city

That's dreadful. They really should reimburse you for the fare as they suggested the taxi following their failure to deliver.

Does everyone still say "Welcome to Jordan" when you check in to hotels, etc?

I am looking forward to your photos and impressions of Petra and Wadi Rum.
Best wishes,
Quokka


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13588 times:
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GC, nice report - trust you'll post the return trip too?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The CX lounge

- Looks quite drab.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it seems like AA have gone for the cheap versions for most of the spirits. London Silk Gin?

- Never heard of it, as you say, AA being cheap!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
, I was upgrade from a Peugeot 206 to a Hummer! Not a bad upgrade, although the fuel consumption was terrible!

- I hope Avis refunded the taxi fare/took it off the bill. Nice upgrade but I think I'd have prefered the 206, easier to park!

Overall looks like RJ were ok which is good, they are one of my options for getting to Asia on next years holiday.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 21 hours ago) and read 13143 times:

RJ is absolutely one very decent Middle eastern airliner. I'd fly them the next time I want miles on OneWorld account.
I love the PTV even on regional aircrafts. It could be used to kill time during those flights on smaller airplanes.

Thank you very much for sharing, now I know what to expect on my next RJ flight!

nethkt



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26900 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 13039 times:

Hey was waiting for this report. Very nice and brings back memories of my two visits to Amman. RJ are a decent enough airline, I like their Y product.

I see you did the lounge hop at T3 like me lol... Being BA Gold I got into the F sides so was interesting to see the J sides. Didnt know you could order from the Noodle bar in both sides of the CX lounge . Good to know  

That time limit at RJ lounge is stupid. I read about it on another thread also but I never had an issue and would kick up a major fuss should they try it especially when the lounge is empty!

Eilat looks nice from the air . Look forward to the next part.


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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 13035 times:

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):

This is a great insight into RJ as well as its domestic services. Thanks for the many pictures! I'm most glad to see that you did not encounter any trouble taking photos of the cabin and all! Awesome!

Yeah, I had no issues with taking photos.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
I'm rather surprised! Didn't RJ pride itself in being the only carrier which offer three choices? Most strange indeed, especially its a decent 5 hour flight time from LHR.

Perhaps cost cutting? Or an 'enhancement due to customer feedback'!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Ooh, the bed looks comfortable indeed. A good decision made I'm sure.

Yes, it was a good choice I think, far better than kipping in the lounge

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Hows the crew onboard the flights?
Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):

I suppose it would be a bit rushed on a forty minute flight. But overall, considering the two flights, what were the cabin crew like? Friendly, efficient, warm, cheerful or bored and indifferent?

The crew were all pretty good, friendly and helpful. Their spoken English was clear, and there were only a few (small) misunderstandings, like when I asked for a beer, and was given a pen  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Thank you very much for this indepth report! Hope you had a splendid time in Jordon and I'll be looking forward to your second part! I've never heard of Aqaba before and I'd very much hope you will share some photos of the place in your upcoming Part 2!

Jordan was amazing. The next part will have all (a lot) of my holiday pics. I didn't actually stop in Aqaba, so don't have any photos. Sorry!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):

Thank you for bringing this trip report.

No problem!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):

Nothing like a good pub crawl before a flight.

I LOVE a good pub crawl before a flight, especially when the drinks are free! I'm flying out of HKG in a few weeks, and have already planed my way around the 5 (!) lounges available to me!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):

LOL. It can get very cold in Jordan - even snows in winter sometimes.

So I found out. I really wished I had a coat with me at some stages of the trip.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):
That's dreadful. They really should reimburse you for the fare as they suggested the taxi following their failure to deliver.

Well, I was sent a Euro 50 voucher, so that ok I suppose.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 2):

Does everyone still say "Welcome to Jordan" when you check in to hotels, etc?

Everyone asks "where are you from", and when whatever the response from you, they reply "welcome", altough a lot of the time it sounded a bit half hearted.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
GC, nice report - trust you'll post the return trip too?

Yes, photos are uploading as I type. Where are the rest of your S.Am reports!?

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):

- Looks quite drab.

Yes, but clean and modern. Better than AA over the way.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):

- I hope Avis refunded the taxi fare/took it off the bill. Nice upgrade but I think I'd have prefered the 206, easier to park!

Well, luckily Jordan is one of those countries where bigger is better. You can park anywhere (curbs/pavements/grass/river bed) without any issues. I also managed to do a bit of sand driving in Wadi Rum, so am very glad I had the hummer. I got a LOT of stares from locals driving around though - felt like royalty!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 4):
RJ is absolutely one very decent Middle eastern airliner. I'd fly them the next time I want miles on OneWorld account.
I love the PTV even on regional aircrafts. It could be used to kill time during those flights on smaller airplanes.

Yes, RJ is pretty good. I'd love to try out their business class.



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User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 12961 times:

Nice report Gabriel.

Good to see a less covered airline and one missing from my log. Always good to get this kind of an insight.

Quite cool that you can get a bed for some much needed rest. $50 does seem a bit steep but I guess you pay for the convenience and it does look quite comfy.



Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A selection of some of the interesting aircraft littered around AMM

Very interesting indeed. Never knew of some of these airlines.


Nice approach shots of Eilat.

thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 12473 times:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):

Quite cool that you can get a bed for some much needed rest. $50 does seem a bit steep but I guess you pay for the convenience and it does look quite comfy.

Yes, pricey, but it meant that I could be vaguely awake for my drive and day in Wadi Rum.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):

Nice approach shots of Eilat.

Thanks. I was so glad that we took that approach so I could see the Red Sea and Eilat (and it's airport)



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

Hi, gabrielchew,

once again well done.
Jordan and it´s airline is for sure not an every day read here.
Nice pictures also from the lounges.
It seems I should go for a view into BA´s status match!.
So, looking for some more local pictures right now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 11080 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):

Nice pictures also from the lounges.
It seems I should go for a view into BA´s status match!.

yes, go for a BA status match if possible. One World Silver is far better than Star Alliance Silver.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):

So, looking for some more local pictures right now.

Thats in Part 2!



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1222 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10939 times:

GC - great report (both parts). The A330 looked very nice. I know there have been some mixed reports on the RJ 332 in the past few months especially in J, but the Y service looked very nice. I love the A332 - there's something so classy about its shape.

Great pics from Jordan itself too - I would love to go there one day.

Interesting to see some of the abandoned aircraft at AMM - I see there is still an Iraqi 727 there. My father went to Amman for business in December 1993 and took some pictures as he arrived there of a couple of Iraqi 727s - which had been flown there during the first Gulf War. Amazing to see that at least one is still there all these years later.

Thanks again P/jet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10484 times:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):
GC - great report (both parts).

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 11):

Great pics from Jordan itself too - I would love to go there one day.

Do it. I think it's only going to get busier and more expensive.

Part Two is here:
Jordan photos and RJ Amman to London



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