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Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:41 pm

So looking on the BMI website I spotted a great fare and then using my BMI Gold card upgrades I paid Y and would travel in J. I had planned to visit Jordan sometime but not this soon and not this short. I had two days off and just a few thousand miles short for Gold renewal so my mind was made up. I have a good friend in Amman who is also a pilot for RJ so I emailed him and it was decided we would meet for dinner during my very short ''transit'' there.  


The morning came and I took the bus to the airport as usual. I had checked in online so I could just go through security.


A nice sunny morning .


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DATE : 28/APR/2011
AIRLINE: BRITISH MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL
ROUTE: DUBLIN TO LONDON HEATHROW ( DUB - LHR )
AIRCRAFT ; AIRBUS A319
CLASS: FLEX ECONOMY
REG: G - DBCK
SEAT : 2A



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Clearing Fast Track security was very fast and took no more than a few mins.

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I decided to have a nice proper coffee at the Chocolate lounge :

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Then I took a look at the nice retro EI logo wear. The T shirts are only EUR10 not bad at all.

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Then time to head to Terminal 1 and the BMI lounge.

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After a short time in the lounge I headed to the gate for boarding.

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After spotting the Reg I wondered if it was the new cabin interior ( and a quick mention to Jamesontheroad Anetter and Ftalker for his thread on BMI's refurbished aircraft ) I saw that it was a new interior so was pleased even before boarding.

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As I entered the cabin I was greeted with a warm smile and directed to my seat. I was impressed the first look at this new design.

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Soon it was time for push back.

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I spotted the Aer Lingus retro jet which was nice to see.

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We waited for a US Airways B757 to land before taking off.

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Shortly after take off the free snack service started. I dont like the bacon bap so decided to try the mushroom and cheese choice instead. Now it was nice but nothing amazing. BMI could improve this without too much effort. Still the service by the crew was efficient and friendly. The Male FA even greeted me by my name which was a nice touch.

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Anyone know what airport this is?

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Soon it was time to land and disembark the aircraft. A last view of the new seats with extra width in Flex Y.


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I headed to arrivals and proceeded to get my onward boarding pass.

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After that I wanted to buy a special edition oyster card celebrating the Royal Wedding so I proceeded to the London Underground office. I have been meaning to buy this Oyster card for ages so this was a good excuse. It saves alot of money whilst using the Tube.

Then I headed back to security and made my way to the International BMI lounge.

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Some nice snacks. I love this lounge for its spotting opportunities.

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:44 pm

Then a nice arrival and an aircraft I know . Lovely MEA A330 .

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The Royal limited edition Oyster card.

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Checking the new BMI Mobile website for flight info .

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A nice visitor from Serbia :

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Then I decided to take a shower. I love the Miller Harris products BMI use.

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Then it was time to head to the gate for boarding.






DATE : 28/APR/2011
AIRLINE: BRITISH MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL
ROUTE: LONDON HEATHROW TO AMMAN ( LHR - AMM )
AIRCRAFT ; AIRBUS A321
CLASS: BUSINESS
REG: G - MEDU
SEAT : 5F Moved to 5A




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Checking the thread again I saw that this aircraft was not the new interior, slightly dissapointed but still no big deal. Boarding commenced right away. I was greeted by two smiling crew and directed to my seat.

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Champagne offered and accepted  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BDAMM/134_800x600.jpg

Amenity kits :

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Twenty Dinars for my visa on arrival :

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Menu handed out

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Soon it was time to push back from the gate

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Testing time for RB

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New Terminal

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A nice view of KU

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Movies on offer :

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Decent headphones

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:47 pm

Hot towels

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A weird thing was that a Male FA came round and asked us what we wanted to drink only a few mins later then a trolley came down and a Female FA asked us what we wanted to drink. Not a big thing but mis communication all the same.Anyway Baileys for me .

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Then time for a starter

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I went for the Lamb which was a good choice and really good quality it fell apart as you ate it.

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Then time to watch some of my music. Eurovision 2011 preview video :

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Some Nancy Ajram :

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Then dessert a variation on the Eccles Cake and really nice.

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Then coffee which was ok could be stronger but not un drinkable along with a nice chocolate.

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Solo seat and mood lighting .

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Yes Eric I can read lol...  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BDAMM/210_800x600.jpg

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I kind of had short sleeps before having a pre landing drink . The crew had been round with a few drink rounds and asking if anyone wanted anything.

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Soon it was time to land into AMM. Decent was interesting with a few interesting turns.

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We parked on stand and disembarked the aircraft thanking the crew .

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:51 pm

I made my way to the visa desk and was met by a guy from the Tulip Hotel who assured me I would not need to buy a visa. He marched me to the top of the Jordanian nationals que had a word with the immigration officer who stamped my passport and waved me through. The whole process took only a few minutes and I was very grateful as I was due to meet my friend. I decided to jump into a taxi for 5 Dinars and it was only 5 mins to the hotel. On arrival the hotel has an Xray you have to go through and your bags are scanned. I noticed alot of RJ transit passengers from India and Africa, I think RJ gives free hotel for their transit passengers. The hotel is in the middle of a complete renovation but it didnt bother me. I checked in and went to the room. The room was a renovated one so I was pleased.

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Just then my friend called me and said he would be five minutes so I made my way to meet him . We had a nice meal and a good chat. I noticed the TK crew were staying over also. So I stayed up quite late and was very tired so soon it was time for me to get a few hours sleep as it was a very early start the next morning.





DATE : 29/APR/2011
AIRLINE: BRITISH MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL
ROUTE: AMMAN TO LONDON HEATHROW ( AMM - LHR )
AIRCRAFT ; AIRBUS A321
CLASS: BUSINESS
REG: G - MEDU
SEAT : 5A Moved to 8A


My documents for my ''Transit''

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I arrived at the airport and checked in .


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Then I went through security and to the shops.


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Time to check out the RJ lounge :

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Some nice snacks

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When is this new Terminal opening ? Not much seems to have happened since I last saw it.

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An interesting departure.

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Id love to get on this A310 . Where do RJ fly them anyone know? They used to operate them ORD-SNN-AMM

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Soon it was time to head to the boarding gate .

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After two document checks and security it was time to board.

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Orange juice for me at this early hour.

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Water and Amenity kits

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Breakfast menu

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Soon it was time to push back.

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:54 pm

Some very interesting aircraft here :

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Anyone know what this Jet Airways aircraft is doing here ?

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I love the LN livery shame things are so bad in Libya right now.

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Shame to see Tri Stars in this state

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Soon time to take off .

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Coffee and Orange juice

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Fruit plate I wasnt that impressed but thats because I dont eat much fruit even though I should.

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I opted for the meat mixed grill which was really nice and very tasty.

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A trip to the bathroom

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I slept on and off for the rest of the flight. I also had a chat with two of the crew about the Royal Wedding that morning. The pilot came over the PA advising that our approach would sadly not take us over central London but it was cloudy anyway so even if we had we wouldnt see the crowds on the mall.

One last drink before landing

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Soon we made our decent into LHR and the crew made the cabin ready .

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So it was time to say goodbye to the crew and thank them for a nice flight.

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I decided to make a trip to the arrivals lounge for a snack and watch a bit of the Royal Wedding.

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The lovely couple. The nice thing was that the staff in the lounge, cook,cleaners and passengers were all sitting around the TV sharing this moment. It really was a nice thing.

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So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed it. I did although I was very tired after. BMI were good and I couldnt fault them. The onboard catering has improved and they are moving in the right direction. They just need their pre travel and reservations experience to improve although this time even the process to upgrade via the reservations call center was hassle free. The cabin was clean and seats comfortable and I look forward to seeing the new Midhaul cabin in person soon.

Lastly I cant finish without sharing one of my favourite Arabic sweets :

Mamoul .




Please leave your comments and feedback as usual and many thanks for reading. I have an invite back to Jordan so hope next time to see the country rather then just the airport areas.


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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:07 pm

Great report as always Phil!!

That airport you were enquiring about from the photo was Birmingham.
 
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:33 pm

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 5):
Great report as always Phil!!

That airport you were enquiring about from the photo was Birmingham.

Hey many thanks. Im rubbish at identifying airports from the air unless they are ones I know. Havnt seen or been to BHX in many years.
 
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 12:22 am

Hey Philip,

Fab report as usual. I was going to post that the airport was BHX but Shamrock604 beat me to it! BMI look pretty good on this run. I've been tempted to try one of their mid-hauls myself and this has made me more determined to do so. Maybe I can join you on one of your future trips to AMM. I loved the pics of the aircraft graveyard. I remember how impressive it was when we were there before.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
I went for the Lamb which was a good choice and really good quality it fell apart as you ate it.

Looks pretty decent. I told you BD have improved their catering. I will admit it's still not Swiss though.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 3):
I made my way to the visa desk and was met by a guy from the Tulip Hotel who assured me I would not need to buy a visa. He marched me to the top of the Jordanian nationals que had a word with the immigration officer who stamped my passport and waved me through.

Excellent service. Can't fault that. Definitely gives you a good impression and makes you want to use the hotel again.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 3):
Time to check out the RJ lounge :

Happy memories! Lol!!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 3):
Mamoul .

Now that's not fair! You're making me very jealous. Lol!!

Thanks again for sharing this great TR with us. I look forward to reading about your next adventure.
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 1:35 am

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
When is this new Terminal opening ? Not much seems to have happened since I last saw it.

Its been a mini-saga.

from what I gather the Cypriot group which had won the tender for the $750mil terminal started turning all types of additional bills claiming added work was needed. The Jordanian government got upset and things slowed to a crawl. In addition then there was some further issues with the partial 10% stake the Cypriot group also had purchased in the consortium that was to run the terminal for 25-years.

The opening was originally planned as 2010 when the contract was awarded in 2007, then got slipped to to early 2011, and now they say early 2012 being the target. Insallah.....
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 6:28 am

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
Maybe I can join you on one of your future trips to AMM. I loved the pics of the aircraft graveyard. I remember how impressive it was when we were there before.

For sure lots of interesting ways to get to AMM  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
Looks pretty decent. I told you BD have improved their catering. I will admit it's still not Swiss though.

Yes although the menu could have local dishes of the destination country and things with a bit more spice to them. The Arabic mixed grill on the return was ideal and its good to see. When serving such countries you need to cater to the locals and not just bland food. I would like to see Morrocan chicken with couscous or something like that for Lunch/Dinner.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
Happy memories! Lol!!

Indeed it did remind me of last year what a fab trip we had.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 7):
Now that's not fair! You're making me very jealous. Lol!!

Haha Im taking the rest to work to get them out of my way otherwise I will eat them all. They are very tasty.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
The opening was originally planned as 2010 when the contract was awarded in 2007, then got slipped to to early 2011, and now they say early 2012 being the target. Insallah.....

Thats interesting . Hope they can get it finally opened. I read an article that RJ is finding it hard to compete with regional carriers. I guess the transit experience is not the greatest and the new terminal will make a big difference to their plans. The old terminal is quite old and not big enough. Although nothing to complain about it certainly needs a new facility.
 
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 6:33 am

A lovely trip report and I am happy to read about bmi's "regional long haul" service! The new Airbus cabin looks nice.
The new amenity kit and cosmetic box look excellent.

But I am surprised that no second snack/light refreshment service is served prior to arrival on the morning flight. It will be nice to have a cheese plate or a dessert place prior to arrival!

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 7:11 am

Hi, Phil,

now that´s what I call a short night in between two interesting flights and also a pretty good joice to do this
mileage run for Jordan.

Superb pictures and also story, well done.

Such a number of oldfasioned planes there, unbelievable, I should go there also!.

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 9:13 am

Great report  

Nice to see some more pictures of the RJ lounge in Amman! I really need to get back to Jordan, I had a great time there several years ago. It's a lovely country!
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 10:01 am

Hi Philip!

That is such funny timing for your trip - I missed you in Amman by a few hours. I spent the week before the wedding enjoying the deserts and ruins of Jordan (wonderful place btw), and only flew back on the 28th (on the RJ service to LHR). Hopefully I'll have my report up here soon.

Looks like BD's service is still ok, nothing too amazing. Shame you didn't get a refurbished aircraft on the AMM sector - the old cabins really aren't great.
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 12:59 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 9):
For sure lots of interesting ways to get to AMM

Sounds like fun.  
Quoting oa260 (Reply 9):
Yes although the menu could have local dishes of the destination country and things with a bit more spice to them. The Arabic mixed grill on the return was ideal and its good to see. When serving such countries you need to cater to the locals and not just bland food. I would like to see Morrocan chicken with couscous or something like that for Lunch/Dinner.

Can't argue with that. I do find that carriers tend to stick more with cuisine more from their home country than the destinations they are serving though. That said, BD fly to so many "Eastern" countries that some more exotic food would probably go down quite well with their passengers.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 9):
Haha Im taking the rest to work to get them out of my way otherwise I will eat them all. They are very tasty.

Sounds like a sensible idea. Don't want to muck up the diet!
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 1:18 pm

Hi Phil. That was a fantastic TR. Your photos were excellent! Thanks for sharing! The "graveyard" at AMM was amazing. Some real old treasures there! Would be so fun to take a stroll through the yard. Cheers, William
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 2:27 pm

How nice to see the beaming smile of King Hussein in your report, not only once on the twenty dinar note but in a photograph at Queen Alia. I assume that is his son, King Abdullah II in the photo next to him as his face isn't clear.

Have you visited Jordan previously? I ask because it was such a short trip although you were planning on meeting a friend. It is a fascinating country and a very welcoming one.

It is good to see that BMI offered a high level of service and in reasonable comfort.

The photos from the "graveyard" are intriguing. What happens to all those aircraft? Does Jordon have a thriving trade in used parts, cannibalising aircraft as the need arises?

Great report and thanks for sharing it with us.

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 2:39 pm

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
After spotting the Reg I wondered if it was the new cabin interior ( and a quick mention to Jamesontheroad Anetter and Ftalker for his thread on BMI's refurbished aircraft ) I saw that it was a new interior so was pleased even before boarding.

You're welcome! If anyone unfamiliar with BMI is reading this, the thread is here:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/bmi-d...ivery-interiors-work-progress.html

The BMI Diamond Club community on FlyerTalk will continue to keep this as up to date as we can over the coming weeks and months; there are various refurbishment and reconfiguration programmes on-going with the short, mid and long haul fleets throughout 2011. Hopefully by next year the fleet will be consistent - or at least for a few months before the rumoured lie-flat seats replace the old BA seats in mid-haul business.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Twenty Dinars for my visa on arrival :

Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but you included this photo alongside the Miller Harris amenity kits. I presume they were your dinars, or do BD provide this currency as a courtesy to passengers in C?
 
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 3:01 pm

Hi Philip,

What a great idea to combine a mileage run and meeting up a good friend.

I can understand that you do not mind having a long layover in BMI LHR T1 lounge every time. At an airport like LHR, you can successfully do plane spotting from the lounge serenity.


Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
I decided to have a nice proper coffee at the Chocolate lounge

You should suggest Chocolate lounge becoming an advisor to BMI.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
I spotted the Aer Lingus retro jet which was nice to see.

Indeed. I wished I was in Indonesia right now. You know GA has two B738s flying with two different retro liveries.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Twenty Dinars for my visa on arrival :

Do you have to pay in Dinars or do they accept Euros as well for the visa?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Menu handed out

It comes in English, Arabic and what is the third language?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 3):
Time to check out the RJ lounge :

The interior reminds me somehow of KL Crown Lounge in AMS. Surprising to see that it do not look busy. Like BMI lounge good for spotting.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 4):
Mamoul .

How does it taste? Like Turkish delight?

Thanks for sharing and what a great pictures. It feels like tagging along with you.

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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 01, 2011 3:23 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
It comes in English, Arabic and what is the third language?

That's Amharic written in the Ge'ez script, as the flight continues on to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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Sun May 01, 2011 4:24 pm

Hola Philip!

Another good one. Great to see that there are still people doing turnarounds for the pleasure of flying, I have done a couple so far this year to Berlin, so I do not feel that lonely when flying around.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
I had planned to visit Jordan sometime but not this soon and not this short.

You never know what lies ahead so take it as it comes, enjoy!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
A weird thing was that a Male FA came round and asked us what we wanted to drink only a few mins later then a trolley came down and a Female FA asked us what we wanted to drink.

Maybe he was just writing a survey....  

I like the food on your flight to AMM. It looks delicious and really well presented. the on board product looks very nice, would not mind trying it one day although BMI does not fly to BCN, they used ti have flights from Birmingham on BMIBaby but I think they stopped flying the route some summers ago.

I like the new seats on the first p'lane, they look sharp and the dark color gives them a distinctive touch, I am a little tired of the grey seats you get on most planes.

Thanks and keep the coming,

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Great TR, Philip. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it very much.
 
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Sun May 01, 2011 5:11 pm

Hi Phil,

thanks for an extensive and informative report!

The unidentified airport is BHX - but you already know that now  

A pity you had such a short visit, as you usually take some very nice destination pics!

Do you know if either AMM flight continued on to or came from ADD? I'm looking at a complex routing from JNB and an ET/BD via ADD and AMM is coming up as a possibility (in Y unfortuantely - C one day I hope!)

Thanks

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Sun May 01, 2011 5:21 pm

Hi Many thanks for the replies.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 10):
The new Airbus cabin looks nice.

Yes I agree it was very clean and sleek looking.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 10):
But I am surprised that no second snack/light refreshment service is served prior to arrival on the morning flight. It will be nice to have a cheese plate or a dessert place prior to arrival!

I thought that too but surprisingly half the J cabin refused even one meal taking maybe just a cheese plate or just drinks. I took anything going lol... I think its so early and most people sleep. Im sure if you asked they would offer a sandwich from the back or snacks etc...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
Such a number of oldfasioned planes there, unbelievable, I should go there also!.

Hey Markus many thanks and yes its amazing to see Iraqi Airways and Libyan Arab Airlines really wish I had flown them years ago. You would for sure love a trip there .

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 12):
Nice to see some more pictures of the RJ lounge in Amman! I really need to get back to Jordan, I had a great time there several years ago. It's a lovely country!

Hi Trent yes I always remember your RJ TR it actually made me want to fly them and I got round to it eventually.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
That is such funny timing for your trip - I missed you in Amman by a few hours. I spent the week before the wedding enjoying the deserts and ruins of Jordan (wonderful place btw), and only flew back on the 28th (on the RJ service to LHR). Hopefully I'll have my report up here soon.

No way shame we missed eachother. We could have chilled in the RJ lounge. Id love to see the sights of Jordan, heading to Petra and the Dead Sea. Thats my aim this year. I look forward to reading your report.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
Can't argue with that. I do find that carriers tend to stick more with cuisine more from their home country than the destinations they are serving though. That said, BD fly to so many "Eastern" countries that some more exotic food would probably go down quite well with their passengers.

Very true they do have a more Eastern focused network so should always offer a choice of Western or Eastern IMHO.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
Sounds like a sensible idea. Don't want to muck up the diet!

Very true all gone now and my colleagues loved them.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 15):
Hi Phil. That was a fantastic TR. Your photos were excellent! Thanks for sharing! The "graveyard" at AMM was amazing. Some real old treasures there! Would be so fun to take a stroll through the yard. Cheers, William

Hi William many thanks Im glad you enjoyed them. Id love to stroll there also just to sneak inside and see the old interiors. Would be a dream come true. Such history and I was thrilled to see them .

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
How nice to see the beaming smile of King Hussein in your report, not only once on the twenty dinar note but in a photograph at Queen Alia. I assume that is his son, King Abdullah II in the photo next to him as his face isn't clear.

Yes thats the late King whom I always respected. I remember watching interviews when he was alive and he was a good person. Dont know much about his son who is indeed on the other picture.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
Have you visited Jordan previously?

Only for an overnight transit I did the RJ TR here :

Royal Jordanian A330/E175+CX-AA-BA Lounges DUB-BEY (by oa260 Dec 1 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
The photos from the "graveyard" are intriguing. What happens to all those aircraft? Does Jordon have a thriving trade in used parts, cannibalising aircraft as the need arises?

Im not sure I guess some have just been left there but maybe Im wrong but have some Iraqi Airways aircraft been moved? I seem to remember seeing more there which are in my TR above. Maybe they are parked somewhere else now.

Quoting jamesontheroad (Reply 17):
Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but you included this photo alongside the Miller Harris amenity kits. I presume they were your dinars, or do BD provide this currency as a courtesy to passengers in C?

Hi James , yes keep the thread updated its really been a great resource. The 20 Dinars I bought from Amex Buraeu De Change in T1 they had an offer for Zero commission and I heard it speeds things up than trying to change money in AMM on arrival. Always good to have some local money and some Euro and USD . Just for tipps etc...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I can understand that you do not mind having a long layover in BMI LHR T1 lounge every time. At an airport like LHR, you can successfully do plane spotting from the lounge serenity.

Hey there many thanks for the comment. Yes I can easily kill a few hours laying on the bed and looking out its 5 star plane spotting LOL... They really did well with that lounge.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
You should suggest Chocolate lounge becoming an advisor to BMI.

Very true and the Coffee was only EUR3 ! I will always stop there now in future before going to the lounges. I cant stand crap coffee.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Do you have to pay in Dinars or do they accept Euros as well for the visa?

Yes you must pay in Jordanian Dinars so I would advise to have some before travel.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
third language?

As James said sometimes the aircraft goes onto ADD . A nice looking script though. Id love to go there oneday on ET.
I was told by the head FA that they work the LHR-ADD then do a few nights stop over as the crew coming back the next morning was different. Maybe they have another crew AMM-ADD-AMM. Our resident BMI crew member can probably shed more light .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
The interior reminds me somehow of KL Crown Lounge in AMS. Surprising to see that it do not look busy. Like BMI lounge good for spotting.

Its a weird lounge that seems to get busy for 30 mins then empty again at the weirdest hours.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
How does it taste? Like Turkish delight?

Its like sweet soft biscuit and nuts inside you will love it .

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 20):
Hola Philip!

Hola Roger . Hope you are well?

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 20):
Maybe he was just writing a survey....  

Haha who knows  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 20):
I like the new seats on the first p'lane, they look sharp and the dark color gives them a distinctive touch

Yes I agree I like the different look of it . Cant wait to try out the Midhaul version.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 20):
You never know what lies ahead so take it as it comes, enjoy!

Thanks Roger indeed life is short live for the moment and enjoy all experiences in life.
 
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Sun May 01, 2011 5:21 pm

Hi Phil,

Nice to see the BD A321 interior and AMM. Can you go through security at DUB T2 even though your flight leaves from T1 and vice versa?
 
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Sun May 01, 2011 5:29 pm

Quoting amax1977 (Reply 21):
Great TR, Philip. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it very much.

Hi many thanks and keep up the good work on your TR's  
Quoting signol (Reply 22):
A pity you had such a short visit, as you usually take some very nice destination pics!

I know I was thinking that next time I will do alot more on the country itself. Still more TRs to come on Jordan hopefully.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Do you know if either AMM flight continued on to or came from ADD? I'm looking at a complex routing from JNB and an ET/BD via ADD and AMM is coming up as a possibility (in Y unfortuantely - C one day I hope!)

As above I think it does it a few times a week . Sounds like a nice route and Id love to get on ET as I said. Id go for it if you can . I dont always fly J lol.. Y is cool also .

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 24):
Can you go through security at DUB T2 even though your flight leaves from T1 and vice versa?

Hi there I have always waited for someone to say something but they just look at the BP and scan it and wave me through. I dont think they can refuse you as its all connected. My bus drops me outside the T2 rather than the bus station so its actually better for me to clear in T2 and nicer.
 
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Sun May 01, 2011 5:46 pm

I am surprised that on their maps, BMI doesn't mention a single city of the state of Israel...

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Sun May 01, 2011 6:00 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
Very true they do have a more Eastern focused network so should always offer a choice of Western or Eastern IMHO.

I agree 100%. Especially when the meals are catered in these countries, they could easily offer an Eastern option.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 25):
Hi there I have always waited for someone to say something but they just look at the BP and scan it and wave me through. I dont think they can refuse you as its all connected.

I went through T2 with a Ryanair boarding pass once (the shame of it! lol) and all they said was to remember it's a long walk to the D gates (I refuse to acknowledge the new numbering system!). Other than that, not a problem and it's normally much quieter than T1 security, not to mention more pleasant.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
Do you know if either AMM flight continued on to or came from ADD?

Forgive me for butting in but I was keeping an eye on this flight when I knew Philip was on it and the aircraft didn't continue to ADD that day. It had the day before (Wednesday night/Thursday morning) but it stays on the ground in AMM on a Thursday night. I'm not sure how often the flight continues on to ADD.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 25):
I dont always fly J lol.. Y is cool also

You only fly Y on BD if there's absolutely no way of you getting into J  
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Quoting LY777 (Reply 26):

Is Haifa not in Israel?
 
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Sun May 01, 2011 7:55 pm

Hi Philip
Great report & photo's as usual, 'CVD was looking well  
Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
I spotted the Aer Lingus retro jet which was nice to see.

Saw her depart twice today from Croke Park, she was off to MAN & then AMS. Ive actually saw the retro jet 5 times in the past 4 days now  
Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Then time to watch some of my music. Eurovision 2011 preview video :

How do you rate Jedward's chance? I prefer the Slovakian entry myself  
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Sun May 01, 2011 8:04 pm

Hey Phil,

Very nice report, thx for shearing. BM's regional biz class looks like a great product.

I wonder why the flight route is bypassing Israel and heading to Syria and Lebanon - there is no restriction from planes flying to/from AMM to fly over Israel.

You should have staied at least 24 hours in Amman, there is a lot to see (and eat...) in the city and the Jordanian hospitality is fantastic.

Good job, as always,

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Mon May 02, 2011 5:46 am

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 27):
I went through T2 with a Ryanair boarding pass once (the shame of it! lol)

Glad I wasnt with you that day haha  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 27):
it's a long walk to the D gates (I refuse to acknowledge the new numbering system!).

Me too it will always be A,B,D for me lol...

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 27):
You only fly Y on BD if there's absolutely no way of you getting into J  

Haha well if its Y I prefer EI .

Quoting eicvd (Reply 29):
Great report & photo's as usual, 'CVD was looking well  

Hey Mark thanks for the comment and indeed looking good LOL...

Quoting eicvd (Reply 29):
How do you rate Jedward's chance? I prefer the Slovakian entry myself  

Well I like the Slovakian entry myself but more for the song   . Azerbaijan is my favourite and I like Greece but they put the rap bit in to ruin it a bit just so they dont win it as they cant afford to host it lol... UK is good also but then again I always liked Blue. As for Jedward I hate them lol... Bring back Niamh Kavanagh,

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 30):
Very nice report, thx for shearing. BM's regional biz class looks like a great product.
I wonder why the flight route is bypassing Israel and heading to Syria and Lebanon - there is no restriction from planes flying to/from AMM to fly over Israel.

Hi Jonathon many thanks. Not sure about the route. When I flew RJ last year IIRC we flew over Tel Aviv. Wouldnt mind going back to TLV for a beach mini break this Summer but Im reluctant with the Lebanese stamps in my passport as I certainly would be grilled on arrival lol...
 
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Quoting oa260 (Reply 31):
Glad I wasnt with you that day haha

You're such a snob!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 31):
Me too it will always be A,B,D for me

Exactly! Why waste all the time, effort and money changing something that didn't need changing anyway?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
Im not sure I guess some have just been left there but maybe Im wrong but have some Iraqi Airways aircraft been moved? I seem to remember seeing more there which are in my TR above. Maybe they are parked somewhere else now.

I thought there were more Iraqi Airways aircraft there last time too. Does anyone know where they've gone or whether they've been dismantled?
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Mon May 02, 2011 3:04 pm

The lounge in London the BD has looks so hip and traditional all at the same time.
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Mon May 02, 2011 4:57 pm

Great TR Phil   .. What a surprise to see you've gone to Amman   haha

Looks like you had ok flights on BMI. I guess BA will remove its codeshare on this flight now that they're going to codeshare with RJ to LHR? .. Never knew that this flight continued to ADD! Do you know if there are any traffic rights between Amman and Addis?

I stayed at the Golden Tulip Hotel a few weeks ago -also for a night- and got a renovated room exactly like yours. The hotel staff are a little slow though.

I was surprised to see the Wataniya birds there, but i am even more surprised to see 9W's A330 in your pics! What on earth was it doing there???

By the way, Zalatimo is one of the best and most known maamoul brands in Jordan. So you definitely were pointed in the right direction  

Thanks for sharing this with us!  

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Tue May 03, 2011 6:07 am

Hi Phil,

Thank you for providing a different mileage run than your usual Swiss ones to Greece just for me  . Looks like a very nice short break in Jordan, although don't you wish you had a bit longer time there?

Service and seats in BMI business class look good, although somehow I would've assumed they'd be flying the A330 on this route..

Amazing variety of stored planes at AMM airport!
 
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Tue May 03, 2011 6:41 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 32):
Exactly! Why waste all the time, effort and money changing something that didn't need changing anyway?

Yes it doesnt make a big difference and it was easier to understand.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 32):
I thought there were more Iraqi Airways aircraft there last time too. Does anyone know where they've gone or whether they've been dismantled?

I could have sworn there were 5 or 6 before. Unless they have been hidden or scrapped.

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 33):
The lounge in London the BD has looks so hip and traditional all at the same time.

Hi yes I agree I like it as it modern and old all in one.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 34):
What a surprise to see you've gone to Amman   haha

Hey Roni yeah and I still didnt get to see much   Next time I will see alot more of the country.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 34):
The hotel staff are a little slow though.

100% agree I thought that myself but was patient as they were very friendly.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 34):
but i am even more surprised to see 9W's A330 in your pics! What on earth was it doing there???

I couldnt understand why that was there either. Is it a engineering hanger or being stored ?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 34):
Zalatimo is one of the best and most known maamoul brands in Jordan. So you definitely were pointed in the right direction  

Yes I have to agree they are better then the ones I had in Lebanon !

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 35):
Thank you for providing a different mileage run than your usual Swiss ones to Greece just for me  .

Indeed although there have been some non LX ones since   Dont forget BSL was a MR also .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 35):
Service and seats in BMI business class look good, although somehow I would've assumed they'd be flying the A330 on this route..

They had a good A330 service to CAI and TLV before they messed that up also. I would have happily done TLV on PE on the A330 again .( new passport permitting ) Shame when you just get used to an easy way to make miles they go and change everything.
 
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Tue May 03, 2011 8:20 pm

Thanks for a great TR Phil. Very thourough and very nice pics too. Never seen so many pics of the new terminal.

The Airport Hotel (now the Golden Tulip) was not even worth 3 stars in my opinion. I'm glad things seem to have changed now.

BTW, a friend of mine has bought one the L-1011-500s in the rusting corner of the airport and intends to turn it into a night-club/restaurant. It is an ex-Globejet dash 500 (ex-Airtransat). I think the Tristart would be the perfect choice for that.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 30):
I wonder why the flight route is bypassing Israel and heading to Syria and Lebanon - there is no restriction from planes flying to/from AMM to fly over Israel.

Jonathan, after the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel in 1995, I believe only RJ was allowed to overfly Israel and thus saving 45 minutes of flying time to/from Europe and of course tons of fuel.

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Tue May 03, 2011 9:18 pm

Quoting RJAF (Reply 37):
Never seen so many pics of the new terminal.

Thanks I cant wait to see it open and Im sure it will be a great leap for AMM and RJ . I hear RJ are not doing as well as expected ? Are they loosing traffic to other Middle East carriers? Maybe a new terminal with better transit facilities will help . I wonder if MEA's entry to Skyteam and the expansion at BEY will also effect RJ .

Quoting RJAF (Reply 37):
The Airport Hotel (now the Golden Tulip) was not even worth 3 stars in my opinion. I'm glad things seem to have changed now.

I had heard bad reports but for me I knew it was just a bed for the night. I wasnt too bothered but I was pleasantly surprised by the refurb.

Quoting RJAF (Reply 37):
BTW, a friend of mine has bought one the L-1011-500s in the rusting corner of the airport and intends to turn it into a night-club/restaurant.

WOW now thats cool. It would be worth flying over to see it . keep us posted when it opens.
 
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Fri May 06, 2011 10:11 am

Quoting oa260 (Reply 36):
I could have sworn there were 5 or 6 before. Unless they have been hidden or scrapped.

I just looked back over your photos from our last trip and there certainly seem to be more:

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/RJ/DSC00546.jpg

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/RJ/DSC00548.jpg

Anyone got any ideas where they went?
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Fri May 06, 2011 3:54 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 39):
I just looked back over your photos from our last trip and there certainly seem to be more:

Yeah certainly looks like it . I remember when we past them as we were flying AMM-BEY it was amazing to see the first time.

I have a video I found I took of the cabin (BMI) with mood lighting I will upload later and post.
 
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Fri May 06, 2011 6:01 pm

Excellent trip report Phil.
Haifa will look better than Nancy on that ipad.  


MEA

Quoting oa260 (Reply 1):
Then a nice arrival and an aircraft I know . Lovely MEA A330

     


Again good work and effort into your reports Phil.
Always refreshing.



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Sat May 07, 2011 10:08 am

Quoting Carfield (Reply 10):
But I am surprised that no second snack/light refreshment service is served prior to arrival on the morning flight. It will be nice to have a cheese plate or a dessert place prior to arrival!

Do bear in mind that this flight is shorter than a US trans con - around 4:30 to 5:00

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Shame you didn't get a refurbished aircraft on the AMM sector - the old cabins really aren't great.

Although this doesn't have the brown leather seat covers yet, this is the newest cabin that BMed specified. The refurbished cabins are all at the moment on older aircraft with the old BA club world cradle seats and tape based IFE.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
I thought that too but surprisingly half the J cabin refused even one meal taking maybe just a cheese plate or just drinks. I took anything going lol... I think its so early and most people sleep. Im sure if you asked they would offer a sandwich from the back or snacks etc...

There aren't any sandwiches at the back - a four course hot meal is offered in economy! But there's normally plenty of food left over in both cabins so something can be rustled up for you!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 23):
I was told by the head FA that they work the LHR-ADD then do a few nights stop over as the crew coming back the next morning was different. Maybe they have another crew AMM-ADD-AMM. Our resident BMI crew member can probably shed more light .

Amman is a four day trip.

Day one LHR-AMM dep lunch time, arrive evening
Day two either lie by the pool or evening operate AMM-ADD
Day three either lie by the pool or early morning operate ADD-AMM
Day four operate AMM-LHR early morning

Quoting ronerone (Reply 34):
Looks like you had ok flights on BMI. I guess BA will remove its codeshare on this flight now that they're going to codeshare with RJ to LHR? .. Never knew that this flight continued to ADD! Do you know if there are any traffic rights between Amman and Addis?

The flight continues onto ADD three times a week, and there are traffic rights between AMM and ADD

Quoting RJAF (Reply 37):
The Airport Hotel (now the Golden Tulip) was not even worth 3 stars in my opinion. I'm glad things seem to have changed now.

We all call it the Golden Turnip - sums it up really!
 
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Sat May 07, 2011 10:28 am

Hi Philip,

Great report, nice pictures too, especially liked the ones taken in Jordan, stored planes in poarticular are of interest to me  

Nice shots of the EI retro jet, she looks great in those colours.

The meals seemed to have been better on these BD flights than some recent ones, signs of improvement or just lucky on the day?

What were the loads like? - looked like quite a few empty seats on both sectors too/from Amman.

Cheers

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Sun May 08, 2011 6:41 am

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 41):
Excellent trip report Phil.
Haifa will look better than Nancy on that ipad.  

Haha maybe !  
Quoting FOMEA (Reply 41):
Again good work and effort into your reports Phil.
Always refreshing.

Many thanks glad you enjoy them.

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 42):
But there's normally plenty of food left over in both cabins so something can be rustled up for you!

Good to know !

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 42):
Amman is a four day trip.

Thanks for the itinerary I bet they prefer the pool days  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 43):
Great report, nice pictures too, especially liked the ones taken in Jordan, stored planes in poarticular are of interest to me  

Hey Mark many thanks for the reply.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 43):
The meals seemed to have been better on these BD flights than some recent ones, signs of improvement or just lucky on the day?

Well yes and I do take your point that maybe I was lucky, I get one roundtrip isnt enough to guage, there is only one answer ! I have to take more to compare  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 43):
What were the loads like? - looked like quite a few empty seats on both sectors too/from Amman.

They were not great on the outbound in both cabins , the way back was better in Y class.
 
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 08, 2011 7:04 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 44):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 43):
What were the loads like? - looked like quite a few empty seats on both sectors too/from Amman.

They were not great on the outbound in both cabins , the way back was better in Y class.

- I do wonder about the viability of some of these routes bmi are operating, we have seen quite a few TR's lately on bmi services to places such as Jordan, Beirut etc etc, the loads in J on all of these seem pretty low, and the A.NETTER flying got a cheap deal with an upgrade too!

Time will tell.

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Mark

BTW, I like the EI retro stuff for sale in the terminal, nice!
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RE: Amman,Jordan With BMI Business Class New+Old Cabin

Sun May 08, 2011 5:01 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 45):
we have seen quite a few TR's lately on bmi services to places such as Jordan, Beirut etc etc, the loads in J on all of these seem pretty low, and the A.NETTER flying got a cheap deal with an upgrade too!

Indeed and with TIP cancelled and the cancellations they had for CAI its got to have hurt them . Good for us Golds wanting to use our upgrades but not for revenue thats for sure.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 45):
BTW, I like the EI retro stuff for sale in the terminal, nice!

Me too I think I will buy some things next time. And not being ripped off for them either, great to see. Im waiting for the model of the retrojet to come out  

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