Toddy333 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9598 times:
*Very cheap ticket
*Decent legroom in economy
*1 nice flight attendant, out of about 30 I came across!
*Ummm...ummmm...That’s about it.
* Just about every other possible aspect of my flights with RJ Airways!
For the whole month of July, I and 3 friends went traveling around Thailand. Being the dirty students we are, me and my girlfriend decided to go for the £380 return ticket with Royal Jordanian, due to the lateness of our booking, the next price being £500 with Qatar via Doha and direct flights no less than around £700. So, RJ it was then. Oops.
We arrived early at Terminal 3, around 3 and a half hours before the flight, and were checked in by a very rude Air Canada agent (Air Canada must handle RJ’s luggage at Heathrow?) yet check in was very quick, only us and a couple of other people were waiting at this time. We then proceeded straight to departures, and waited around in T3 for our flight to board.
Boarding a Royal Jordanian plane is somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster, sigh. As we were going onto Bangkok, we had to wait in another line of dirty students (it was fairly obvious that RJ is one of the more budget airlines on this route!) to collect our tickets for the onward flight from Amman to Bangkok. Oh dear. RJ only allocated about half of the groups of people on the flight from Amman to Bangkok together and when we asked to get our seats put together, the agents said it was not possible due to the fact that other people had already been booked on the flight from Amman to Bangkok, from such places as Zurich, Amsterdam etc (more dirty students from other European countries!), so they could not change our seats. When we went to sit down in the gate, something strange that we noticed was that the only two female flight attendants seemed to be checking all the passengers out, including us, as they walked past them and talking about us all and laughing! Weird! Well, at least they were enjoying themselves.
Once we got onto the plane we discovered we had the exit seats, which was nice for the 5 hour flight to Amman, but would’ve been nicer for the further 8 hour flight to Bangkok of course. After starting to taxi one of the female Indonesian flight attendants sat down opposite us, and sat staring at me and my girlfriend. Being the talkative one, I started making conversation with the flight attendant, asking her questions about the flight duration etc, and she was delighted to hear that we were going on to Bangkok and told us some cool places to go (such as Q Bar nightclub-good advice!). This lady, although a bit scary at first (we decided she definitely had madness in her eyes) turned out to be the only pleasant member of staff to do with RJ that we came across in our whole RJ experience.
We had to wait for about an hour to take off at Heathrow, happens so often, so annoying! Straight after take off, the exit door next to us kept on creaking very loudly, I mean REALLY loudly, which I have never experienced before. Our friendly Indonesian lady told us it was normal, and the door reacting to the changes of pressure outside as we ascended (is this happening regularly to other people? I have never noticed it before). What we also noticed pretty much straight away was that the engine noise on the right side of the aircraft was ridiculously loud, a lot louder than the left side of the aircraft. After a while drinks and food was served, there was the option of chicken, fish, a Muslim meal or vegetables. I chose chicken in a dark sauce, which tasted and looked like small pieces of bread, but was edible. This was after a Jordanian crew member told me that the fish was disgusting, and I shouldn’t choose it! Ha ha! A friendly Jordanian guy that sat opposite the aisle from me offered me his untouched meal, but I declined as I wanted to try the food on the Amman-Bangkok flight too! The Jordanian guy must’ve been really bored, because after 10 minutes he started picking at his food and ate half of his meal anyway! There was an action movie of some kind shown on the projector screen, followed by a Jordanian Opera which looked like the lowest budget television production ever, (e.g. shaky cardboard sets-wonderful!) which I couldn’t be bothered to watch. Hours went passed until we were getting prepared to land at Amman.
The crew completed their preparations for landing, and the Indonesian lady came and sat opposite us again. She informed us that the exact same plane now would be taking us to Bangkok in an hour’s time. When we were close to landing, she looked out towards the engine and said something like “Whaa, why so loud?” to herself I assume, then shouted something to the other Indonesian attendant, sitting at the opposite side of the cabin. This lady then shouted something back, and our lady looked at the floor. I then asked “is everything OK?” to which she replied “oh oh yeah everything ok”. Hmm.. I KNEW the engine was too loud on the right side! We landed smoothly and taxied to the stand, passing the impounded Iraqi Airways aircraft, something very interesting to see! Very soon we arrived at the gate, surrounded by lots of other RJ planes, which was also interesting to see. We then disembarked into the strangeness that is Amman airport, on the way to board the (same plane) to Bangkok.
Will report on the Amman-Bangkok leg tomorrow, so tired today!
Toddy333 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9490 times:
argh!! i am sorry, what a simple thing to miss out!
the aircraft was on both legs was an Airbus A340-300, the EXACT same aircraft on both flights, was quite funny, walking around the airport to come back to the exact same plane/gate!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9480 times:
Nice report. But you start your report in a tone suggesting the flight will end up in pandimonium, an emergency ditching in the mediteranean at LEAST... It isn't clear yet what is exactly the problem with Royal Jordanian. OK maybe the movies but what do you expect? You can always take your own books or DVD player... Did the "dirty students" actually were unbearable smelly or you just didn't like their clothing style?
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Toddy333 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9468 times:
also, the first flight, although quite bad, was much more pleasurable than the second, which i planned to write about this evening in the same post, but got too tired, shouldve changed the introduction to just suit the 1st flight, and not my overall experience!
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8982 times:
One thing I noticed about Royal Jordanian flights (from my experience flying with them, in the 90s however) is that their long haul flights are terrible while their short haul flights (to the Gulf for example) are very good.
I used to fly from Dhahran (Saudi Arabia) to Montreal (Canada) with Royal Jordanian via Amman. The flight from Saudi to Amman is always good, service excellent, great aircraft (in the 90s they were very young Airbus A320s), while their long haul flights (Amman to Toronto) stopping in Amsterdam and Montreal were a nightmare. Flights were always late, the aircraft were old (Lockheed Tristars) and onboard service was bad (not to mention impatient arab travellers and their behaviour).
Its been a while though I did not fly with them. Are there PTVs in economy on the A340s?
Toddy333 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8967 times:
no there are no PTVs, there is a huge 80s/90s style projector and tvs mounted on the roof throughout the cabin, before that i had not flown lnog haul without PTVs since 1997 so it came as a bit of a shock to the sytem!
Ams From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1689 posts, RR: 12 Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8661 times:
while their long haul flights (Amman to Toronto) stopping in Amsterdam and Montreal were a nightmare. Flights were always late, the aircraft were old (Lockheed Tristars) and onboard service was bad (not to mention impatient arab travellers and their behaviour).
I flew Royal Jordanian many times between AMS and JFK on their L1011's. Have to say that I always was very pleased with the Cabin service and also the good seat Pitch!
Also flew their A310 aircraft to Amman and Bangkok, again I experienced polite cabin crew and service. The only thing was that Amman, Queen Alia airport was not very well organized