Flight: RJ342, AMM – TLV
Loyalty Scheme: Royal Plus (a partner of the Oneworld program)
Frequency: 2 x daily flight
Duration: 25 minutes
Having flown on Royal Jordanian’s (RJ) B787, I was keen to experience some of the other aircraft variants and services that RJ had to offer. One flight that intrigued me was the Amman – Tel Aviv leg. The flight is one of the shortest in the world and the only one offered by an arabic airline due to the political climate in the middle east. The leg itself flies from Jordan, over the West Bank and into Tel Aviv Israel. The view from the window provides some spectacular insights into the conflict zones. With all that in mind TAT took to the skies on RJs shortest flight.
Business 3J. There are 12 recliner business class seats in a 1-2 configuration within the Crown cabin. The leather has a neutral cream tone and the seat itself is quite plush and comfortable. There is a centre armrest that allows for drinks to be served on as well as a power outlet underneath that to allow electronics to be charged through.
This is a case of use your own imagination (or bring your own media device) because there’s no entertainment or wifi on offer on this plane.
The Bread and Butter (food and drink)
For a business class cabin I didn’t know what to expect here. I expect on such a short flight some sort of snack and a quick drink but surprisingly that wasn’t the case. Upon boarding business class passengers were offered a juice or water before departure…and that was the end of the service.
There was no communication further on any additional service by the cabin crew. The lack of service was quite disappointing for a business cabin. It wouldn’t have made any difference where you were in business or economy.
The flight was pleasant and literally flew by. I have never flown on such a short route. I never imagine the old joke about flying back down as soon as you have taken off was exactly what this flight was. Due to the seat belt sign being on the entire time there was no preparation for landing nor any sort of service. In the business cabin the pre-departure drink was the only service you would receive. In context it would be hard to offer anything substantial but a simple drink, surely a snack could have been added. Not worth the additional as you’re pretty much provided the same type of service as the economy cabin.
Have you ever flown RJ Crown (business class) on one of the world’s shortest routes? Was your experience comparable or better than expected? Keen to hear your thoughts.