*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
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
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!