levent
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Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:00 pm

Hello all,

I am planning to buy a business class ticket from Bangkok to Vienna in the next couple of days. Research shows that Royal Jordanian offers the lowest fare. I have never flown with RJ before, nor visited Amman Airport, so I would like to try them out if they offer good value for money.

Their website says that Amman-Bangkok flights are operated by the A340, but the travel agent's booking system where I got fare quotes states that the flight in the end of August will be operated with an A310. The site also mentions that the A340 has new business class seats with an 83 inch seat pitch, but the A310 has 'only' 51 inch pitch. My question is: are these seats comfortable and do they meet expectations? What about RJ's business class service?

Qatar Airways would be the next choice, offering a fare that is 200 euros more than RJ. I like QR very much and it would be great to try out their dedicated business class terminal. Also, I can take an additional 10 kg on QR. So it really is balancing pros and cons of both options. Any help is appreciated!
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:33 am

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
Their website says that Amman-Bangkok flights are operated by the A340, but the travel agent's booking system where I got fare quotes states that the flight in the end of August will be operated with an A310.

amadeus.net shows a A310-200 operating between BKK and AMM at the end of August (actually it lists a A310 for the whole year). Flights are 5pw.
Unless you want to add the experience of a new airline (RJ) and a new airport (AMM) to your logs, why would you stray away from your preferred QR ?
200 EUR difference is something to consider, but also timings are: Are both airlines flying on the days you intend to fly ? Do they operate at handy times (relevant for both directions) ? Is the transfer time okay ?
-HT

EDIT: From what I see you will have about 6 hours of layover at AMM in each direction. Too long to sit around idle, too short to make good use of it (sleep, visit something).

[Edited 2007-07-29 19:40:38]
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:23 am

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
Their website says that Amman-Bangkok flights are operated by the A340, but the travel agent's booking system where I got fare quotes states that the flight in the end of August will be operated with an A310. The site also mentions that the A340 has new business class seats with an 83 inch seat pitch, but the A310 has 'only' 51 inch pitch. My question is: are these seats comfortable and do they meet expectations? What about RJ's business class service?

I flew RJ in Crown Class in April - LHR-AMM-BKK - A310 and A340.

The seats on the A310 are very comfortable and do have a lot of recline. The A340 has lie flat seats which are also very comfortable!

Inflight service is nothing short of amazing. Portable tape player IFE, which is fine. The food service is astonishing - they bring all the food elements out on a cart, choose your main meal and it's plated next to you. I asked for a bit of everything and was given it. Brilliant flight attendants in every way! You also get a gift at the end of the flight.

Amman airport is nothing to write home about - the lounge is nice enough, though fairly small. It's a shame you won't be staying in Jordan overnight, it's an excellent country!

So I'd thoroughly recommend RJ  Smile Any other questions, just post them on here.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:38 pm

I have been flying RJ since I was a kid and to be honest, they are getting better and better. Like Classiclover mentioned, Queen Alia International is nothing to write home about. There are quite a few restaurants (mainly fast food) and a not- so- bad duty free with great prices. I think that should be OK to kill your 6 hours.

Thanks Classiclover for your fine comments about Jordan.
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:12 am

Thanks for your replies, guys. RJ does indeed sound like a good airline. I now hold confirmed seats on RJ but haven't paid for them yet as I am also waitlisted on Qatar Airways - as I can take more luggage with them (which I will need!), the timings are better and I already have FF miles with them. But if I can't manage to get on QR, I won't mind too much.
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:05 am

Hi Levent..

IF you do end up taking the RJ choice, please let me know how it goes as I have a few close friends who work for RJ and can bash them if they screw up  Wink
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:38 am

Quoting Levent (Reply 4):
I now hold confirmed seats on RJ but haven't paid for them yet as I am also waitlisted on Qatar Airways

Go for RJ for the experience - and if you're worried about FF points, pick a oneworld carrier and put the points there.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Business Class Question

Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:01 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 6):
Go for RJ for the experience - and if you're worried about FF points, pick a oneworld carrier and put the points there.

I am now confirmed on QR as well, although in economy class for the BKK-DOH leg. Still waitlisted for business. So if I can't get a business class seat on that flight, I will go with RJ. I don't participate in a oneworld FF programme yet so I'll just sign up with RJ's programme.
I have Privilege Burgundy status with QR, which enables me to take 10 extra kg of bagagge. I would probably need it...

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