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Royal Jordanian And Malev Business (lots Of Pics!)

Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:26 pm

Royal Jordanian
RJ129 - 10 August 2008
AMM-BUD
Embraer 195 - JY-EMF
Seat: Business 2A
Departure time: 11:30
Arrival time: 14:25


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I arrived in Amman in the pre-dawn hours from Bangkok with Royal Jordanian, and the trip is detailed in this report http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/132073/.

Once on the ground, I proceeded to the Royal Jordanian lounge and was told to go to the other lounge on the other side of the airport. I walked through Duty Free in Queen Alia International Airport, which wasn't anything too exciting, and sat myself in the lounge. The wireless Internet was fast and the lounge was very busy for such an early hour. It was generally full right through to my flight time.

Eventually I proceeded to Gate 1 and we boarded our bus to our aeroplane. On board, I got this photo of an RJ A340-200 waiting to fly.

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We drove off and I got this angle of the same aircraft.

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E-Jets waiting for their next flight...

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Soon enough we approached JY-EMF, our aircraft for the day, complete with ground staff member sitting in the nacelle.

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Once on board, I was greeted by our flight attendants, and was very quickly offered a pre-take off juice. They're always very nice and make a nice change from the usual pre-take off champagne.



Crown Class was quite full on this flight, with perhaps three seats free. We had the safety demonstration, and then taxiied to the runway. This is what Queen Alia International Airport looks like from the outside.



Along the way we passed some Iraqi Airways aircraft - a Boeing 727-200 and a Boeing 707-300. They look like they're in perfect shape and ready to fly out. I imagine it would cost a bundle to put them back into service. There were also assorted Tristars and other aircraft sitting around as you can see.

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We took off fairly swiftly, and we were blessed with awesome weather. The view from the aircraft was amazing as we flew over the Dead Sea, and across Israel.

Menus were handed out next.



... and shortly after we were served our lunch.

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Above is the Poached Salmon, Duck Breast, Mozzeaella Terrine, along with salad and breads. Dessert, salad and cheese is also present for later on during the courses. As usual the food was sublime.

Next came the main course...

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This was the Grilled Hammour Sayadeya. I'd never had it before, and it was well worth the try. It was amazingly delicious! Also, more bread has been served. The French white wine accompanied it perfectly and I was replete with foody goodness!

As I'd been sitting in the lounge for six hours on the back of a 9 hour flight from Bangkok and a 9 hour flight from Sydney, I dozed for the rest of the flight. We arrived in Budapest on time.

Once we deplaned, we were asked to show passports in the jetway, which was a total first. After that, there was no transfer available and I was told I'd have to pass through Passport control into departures in order to get my boarding pass for the next flight. I wasn't too happy, as I'd had the same experience when I was on the sector in the other direction, but what can you do?


Malev
MA622 - 10 August 2008
BUD-DUB
Boeing 737-800 - HA-LOH
Seat: Business 1F
Departure time: 18:55
Arrival time: 21:00


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I arrived in Departures and went out for a little air for a while. It was lovely to be outside after 30 hours travelling, and I enjoyed it. There is some kind of small aviation viewing park next to the Terminal, but I didn't go down as I was exhausted, quite frankly! That's something I want to do next time as there are some cool Russian airliners there.

The flight to Dublin wasn't on the board as available to check-in as it was still 4 hours to departure, so I went to the London check-in and told the agent I was in transit and could she check me in now so I could get to the lounge. She had no problem with it, and after much typing synched up the baggage (which had been checked through from Sydney) and handed me my boarding pass. Score! I was so pleased about that - go Malev!

Straight back through Passport control and into the lounge, where I sat about in various states of coma reading a book until it was time to board.

We boarded on time, and horror of horrors, the 737-800 has shitty Economy-esque Business Class seats. 3 x 3 - total contrast to the 737-700 which has proper J class seats in a 3 x 2 arrangement. I wasn't at all happy with that, the seat was not at all like my outbound sector.

Anyway, I had no-one next to me (but row 1 has no armrests you can move up - so it's a bad spot all round), and J was maybe 5 out of 12 seats full. Pre-take off orange juice, followed by the aircraft buttoning up, safety demonstration in Hungarian and English on the drop down screens, followed by us leaping into the air.

A white cloth was laid on the table, followed by pre-dinner nuts and a drink.

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Dinner service commenced soon after.

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The starter on the left is salmon and some other thing with capers - it was lovely. Chicken, pasta and carrots was the main in a lovely sauce. Gorgeous bread, a decadent chocolate mousse dessert, and cheeses and grapes to finish. I love blue cheese and this didn't disappoint!

We flew on and arrived in Dublin on time.

Cabin service on both sectors was excellent, and once again the "poor cousins" of oneworld show their excellent in this way. The food service is also well up to oneworld standards. I'd really like to fly the RJ A320s with the IFE one day, as the portable hand out screens are just not the same.

Anyway, thoroughly enjoyed my flights - though I have vowed to fly direct with QF or BA or CX or JL next time rather than doing so many sectors. It's quite tiring! Hope you enjoyed the report, and all the other ones from this trip! Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment - I'll answer any questions  Smile
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Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:04 am

Trent, I feel you on the el cheapo Biz seats. Hopefully Malev will change this in the future. Also, the food looks wonderful on the flight to BUD.

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Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:53 pm

Great report. Interesting to hear that RJ flies between AMM and BUD. I didn't realize there was such a demand between those city pairs.
 
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Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:11 pm

Shame on the bad business seats
Oh well, maybe next time aye?

I'm actual jealous of how sunny it was in Amman tbh
Not a cloud in sight

Good photos Trent and a brilliant round off to your wonderful trip down under  Smile

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Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:42 pm

Hi, Trent,

good to follow your finally back (European) home story.

Sounds once again, RJ serves good standard and MA goes ok as well.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
though I have vowed to fly direct with QF or BA or CX or JL

Or what about via India?.

Thanx for posting,
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Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:07 pm

Great trip report. I really enjoyed it  bigthumbsup 

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
There is some kind of small aviation viewing park next to the Terminal, but I didn't go down

Hmmm, that sounds strange. Is is something new, or it is an Aviation Museum?
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Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:52 pm

Shame about the bad Bus Class seats but i dont think all of MA 737-800's have those seats, that particular a/c has Livingston titles on the side and was operated on behalf of this tour company(lIvingston) for a while, hence the cramped seating. They have another 800 in the same seating arrangement i think., possibly HA-LOC?? Otherwise i think the whole 737 MA fleet have some of the best seating around, both Bus and Econ.

But all the same thanks for the trip report, great to see MA appearing!
 
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Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:41 am

Nice end to your travels . Love RJ have to say. Check out those Iraqi Airways planes and the Rich International L10-11. Cool pics...

Thanks for all the photos and read.

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Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:34 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 1):
Trent, I feel you on the el cheapo Biz seats. Hopefully Malev will change this in the future.

Cross fingers!

Quoting Jfidler (Reply 2):
Interesting to hear that RJ flies between AMM and BUD. I didn't realize there was such a demand between those city pairs.

RJ commenced the flight in order to connect the RJ AMM hub to MA's BUD hub. It was just to enhance connectivity. That said, it's twice weekly and both flights I was on on those city pairs were pretty full!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Or what about via India?.

I thought of doing that... BA to India, then QF to SYD. One stop service, just a completely different way. Or perhaps JL via Japan?

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 5):
Great trip report. I really enjoyed it

Thanks!

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 5):
Hmmm, that sounds strange. Is is something new, or it is an Aviation Museum?

It looks like a museum. I should have taken a pic!

Quoting EireRock (Reply 6):
Otherwise i think the whole 737 MA fleet have some of the best seating around, both Bus and Econ.

Oh, agreed for the 737-700 - if there are just a couple of aircraft like this, then it's no real problem...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Thanks for all the photos and read.

Cheers!
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Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:25 pm

Great report and pictures, enjoyed, thanks!

I'm certainly impressed with the service levels you recieved on MA & RJ, pretty good!

Regards

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Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:18 pm

Great TR! Thanks for posting!

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Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:41 am

Great last part on your trip to SYD and back.

It was actually a really interesting itinerary you came up with, DUB-BUD-AMM-BKK-SYD and back. What made you to chose this???


Thank you for sharing

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Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:14 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 11):
It was actually a really interesting itinerary you came up with, DUB-BUD-AMM-BKK-SYD and back. What made you to chose this???

I had to get enough status credits on my Qantas card to renew my Gold Status for the year. RJ is really cheap in J (something like €1,800 for BUD-AMM-BKK-AMM-BUD) and I used points for the MA J sector back, so it cost me nothing. From BKK I flew Qantas as you need to fly 4 sectors on Qantas every year - so BKK-SYD-BKK was two, and I did SYD-MEL-SYD for the other two.

So that's why... I am gonna do the RJ thing to BKK again, as I want to use the new RJ lounge in AMM which opened in August and looks hot (check their web site) ... but I also think I could do something like DUB-BUD-AMM-BOM-SYD on MA, RJ and QF. So that might be next...
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Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:24 am

Great report about an airline/type combo which not covered very often.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
Once on board, I was greeted by our flight attendants, and was very quickly offered a pre-take off juice.

What kind of juice was it - grapefruit?

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
Above is the Poached Salmon, Duck Breast, Mozzeaella Terrine, along with salad and breads. Dessert, salad and cheese is also present for later on during the courses. As usual the food was sublime.

Looks just fantastic.

Quoting ClassicLover (Thread starter):
We boarded on time, and horror of horrors, the 737-800 has shitty Economy-esque Business Class seats. 3 x 3 - total contrast to the 737-700 which has proper J class seats in a 3 x 2 arrangement. I wasn't at all happy with that, the seat was not at all like my outbound sector.



Quoting EireRock (Reply 6):
Shame about the bad Bus Class seats but i dont think all of MA 737-800's have those seats, that particular a/c has Livingston titles on the side and was operated on behalf of this tour company(lIvingston) for a while, hence the cramped seating.

Indeed, HA-LOH's configuration is different from the usual interiors. Based on certain sources, HA-LOC and HA-LOM (two other 738s) have the same cramped layout. I'm not sure whether that has been changed meanwhile.


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