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I had more than four hours until boarding for my flight to TXL
should start, so I headed for the RJ
If you wanted to shower there, that would cost 15 USD. Not really logical for a business class lounge. Luckily I was not feeling the need for shower, so I could relax in the very spacious lounge. Billiard/Pool and kicker table:
Lounging area 1 and TV
/movie area to the right:
FIDS, flight to TXL
metal on-time at 11:20 AM
Buffet (with breakfats being on offer at this time of the day):
My airplane at the gate, still completely dark at 6:30 in the morning:
I had chosen a seat at the large window front in the back of the lounge and watched the sun rise a half hour later, always an amazing experience:
One window was facing the area where the new terminal was built:
The sun still rising, but not visible:
Another aircraft arriving, an E-Jet:
Breakfast, these little chocolate croissants were really good and I had multiple rounds of breakfast that day:
Finally, the sun appearing at the horizon, what a sight:
Another breakfast round:
An hour later I switched to couch in a more shadowy area and starting reading a Jordanian magazine named JO
. Quite an interesting read, mostly covering luxury cars and houses, sports cars, but also new stories about the refugee crisis at the Jordanian border to Syria.
20 minutes prior boarding time I left the lounge and proceeded through the shopping area to the other wing of the old terminal.
The boarding area of my gate:
As there were no signs indicating the gate numbers (very strange) I just went to the area were the most pax had gathered. This turned out to be gate 7a, which was the right gate. The pax at 7b and 7c came over when boarding was announced. On-time boarding was announced, we passed a boarding pass control and could take an escalator down to the ground level where a bus should wait. But there was no bus. So we ended up on the apron, with no official person or a bus to be seen.
After one minute a RJ
gate agent came running down and told us to wait inside, made a hectic call and 5 minutes later the bus arrived. It took is over to the new terminal where our aircraft was parked at one of the new gates. Apperently they were using the jet bridges there instead of stairs on the apron, why not? We still had to walk of the stairs inside the jetway-building:
Date: 17 December 2012
Airline: Royal Jordanian
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Aircraft Reg: JY
Departure Airport: AMM / Amman Queen Alia
Arrival Airport: TXL
/ Berlin Tegel
Scheduled Departure Time: 11:20 / 11:20 AM
Actual Departure Time: 11:20 / 11:20 AM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 13:55 / 01:55 PM
Actual Arrival Time: 13:55 / 01:55 PM
Seat: 03A (window)
I was welcomed onboard and took my seat, number 3A today:
The crew on this flight was more of the "professional" type, not unfriendly, but not like the perfect crew on the BKK
-AMM sector. As a welcome drink I opted for an AJ
and OJ combination:
The last passengers boarding:
"The Art of Dining":
"The Cellar" and the Nespresso Menu (interesting, this was not offered on the longhaul flights):
More simple headseat on this narrowbody aircraft:
Smaller amenity kit:
Pushback could not start on time as two German-sounding (judging by their names) pax had not boarded the flight and their baggage had to be offloaded. But after a few minutes we could start up the engines and were good to go. Egyptair E-Jet:
More parked aircraft:
Rich International L1011:
Shortly after take-off the cabin announced that the Dead Sea would be visible to the left, perfect for me:
The IFE was a little bit older, but still perfect for a narrowbody and much better compared to comparable aircraft on European airlines.
I started watching "The Watch", which really was a funny movie, typical Ben Stiller style:
Contents of my ammenity kit:
The seat in the fully reclined position:
Inflight view of this sunny winter sky:
Legroom and seatback:
20 minutes after take-off the flight attendant came through the J cabin and noted which drinks and snacks we liked to get:
Getting a Coke and nuts as a starter, I even got a second round of nuts:
Appetizer being served next:
While the eating the appetizer the captain announced it seemed like we would arrive a little bit late and would not make up the 10 minutes delay at AMM. Soon after the crew cleaned our tables and came back with the lunch trolley. I really liked this better than having to choose the food from the menu like on the last flight. This time the FA
came up to our row and I could choose what to get on my plate from her trolley. PERFECT! I just opted for beef and rice:
A chocolate cake for dessert, perfect, too:
After lunch I closed my eyes and slept for an hour. When I woke up we were close to Thessaloniki, Greece:
The J cabin:
Just when I got back in my seat, the captain appeared in the cabin, talking to a person at 4C
and D. He went away and came back 5 minutes later and talked to these people again. When he wanted to return to the flight deck I asked him if I could take some photos of the flightdeck after landing and he told me I could visit the flightdeck any time. I asked: "Anytime? Now, too?", to which he replied "Yeah sure, just come with me." So I followed him. The FO welcomed me to the flightdeck and we talked a bit before I took my photos. Both put the flowers from their meal-tray on the dashboard "to make it look nicer". Haha! Just too bad the sun was so strong that day, everything looked too yellow:
Soon after the captain asked me if I wanted a photo from myself in the flightdeck. I said yed and he said we should take a picture all together. He called the J class FA
and she had to take the picture:
After our photo session I thanked the crew and returned to my seat, very happy after my first inflight flightdeck-visit since 1994 (on AF
). As you might have seen on the flightdeck pics we had just passed LOWW, which is the 4-letter identifier for VIE
. the landscape had changed and the ground was covered in snow in this very long winter which covered Germany and the surrounding countries in snow up until the first days of April:
What I found interesting on all my flights with RJ
is that I never saw one person pray. A lot of TRs here on a.net describe the praying pax on airlines from the Middle East and some even show the prayer room. RJ
also showed the direction of Mekka all the time on their IFE-airshow. Perhaps people from Jordan aren't that strict about that matter? Anyone know this?
It did not took long and we overflew the Czech-German-border and started our descent into TXL
While descending the FA
offered us a last drink, i opted for a last OJ. Overall you could say she was very, very active. Looking around all the time if she could do anything for the pax. Passing the sea of clouds:
We approached Berlin from the East, passing Berlins' Autobahn (highway) ring and the boroughs of Marzahn and Hellersdorf with their old GDR-style high-rise buildings:
Over the borough of Mitte, the "Fernsehturm" (tv tower) to our left:
Passing the bus depot at Müllerstraße:
I wondered why we were deccelerating very slowly that day and did not take one of the early exits to the terminals. Instead we continued on to the end of the runway and around the end of the parallel runway. It turned out an inspection being done at the runway 08R/26L:
heavies waiting for their next flights to warmer destinations:
Approaching Terminal 1:
Gate 13 today:
While disembarking I thanked the Captain again, then passed passport control. My aircraft seen from the terminal:
My bag arrrived as one of the last bags, despite the priority tag. Bad work by the rampers at HKG
, AMM or TXL
. Who knows? But it had made it back home, YEAH!
What a trip! This were amazing three weeks. It all started out was a crazy fueldump-fare to SIN
. It ended with Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Hongkong and Phuket. Flying, sightseeing, relaxing, scuba-diving and my first flights in J class since 1994 IIRC. All in one trip.
: A mixed bag again. The service at HKT
was absymal. The service on domestic flights is close to LCCs. On international flights the stars shine brightly for TG
, great service, great food and excellent legroom. A top-notch hard-product on both flights.
: I was totally happy with their service, the hard product, the soft product, the flights, the lounge, I can't really say anything bad about them. The food was excellen, too. They could improve a little bit with a true lie-flat seat in longhaul J-class. But this aside, I would fly them any day in J.
: Actually, an okay airport. But the service of TG
, the long waiting times at the counters and security. Not really modern, just acceptable for a typical holiday destination. I know some better airports.
: Modern? Yes. Efficient and relaxing to pass through? No! Too hot, more of a shopping mall than an airport, long lines at security, missing signs. I say again: I know some better airports.
is one of these better airports, in fact one of the best out there I know, beside SIN
. Efficient, not too crowded, just much too long lines at security/passport control.
AMM: AMM is efficient, not too crowded, not too much shopping, just too old. I guess the new terminal changed a lot and that is a good thing. Otherwise an airport I would not mind visiting again.
: Not much can be said, what I haven't said before. Old, but in good shape, efficient and working fine if you start or end your journey there in Terminal A.
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