toddy333
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Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:01 am

PROS-
*Very cheap ticket
*Decent legroom in economy
*1 nice flight attendant, out of about 30 I came across!
*Ummm...ummmm...That’s about it.
CONS-
* 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.
Heathrow-Amman

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
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.




FLIGHT
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.

LANDING
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
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:02 am

forgot to say, please be nice, this is my first trip report!
 
airxliban
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:05 am

Hmm, doesn't sound like too much fun.

Hope you had a better time in Thailand.

What sort of aircraft was this? Their A340-200 or A310?

Their aircraft look very professional and distinguished from the outside.

Look forward to reading the amman-bangkok leg tomorrow.
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airxliban
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:06 am

forgot to say, please be nice, this is my first trip report!

might have been a good idea to include which aircraft you were traveling on.
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toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:49 am

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!
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:02 am

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?
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toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:06 am

hahaha sorry, dirty students is just refering to myself as well, most of the flight were people in their early 20s in scruffy clothes....backpack travellers..me included  Smile
 
toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:08 am

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!
 
WidgetBoi
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:45 am

great first report!!!! keep 'em coming  Big grin

jeremy
 
airxliban
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 12:01 pm

I don't believe that Royal Jordanian has A340-300s, I think their 340s are -200s.
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toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:55 pm

sorry you are right, they are indeed -200s!
 
thai747
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Sat Aug 07, 2004 5:38 am

Great report, my mates would be quite interested to read it as they're leaving the UK to join me in Thailand on the exact same flights - and one of them's absolutely terrified!

Hope you enjoyed Thailand, and that the monsoon didn't piss you off to much!
 
toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Sat Aug 07, 2004 6:11 am

no monsoons! crazy for this time of year...we only saw thunderstorms two or three times! (Sooooo lucky!)
 
EurostarVA
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Sun Aug 08, 2004 7:59 pm

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?

Thanks

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toddy333
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Sun Aug 08, 2004 9:11 pm

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!
 
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:01 am

I always had the impression RJ were a quality airline,one that kept it under wraps,well,looks like I was wrong based on Toddy333's views so far.

I sure look forwards to the rest of the report.

Rgds

Mark
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AMS
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RE: Royal Jordanian Airways LHR-Bangkok, LHR-Amman Leg

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:18 pm

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


Regards,
AMS

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