Flight Review: RJ181 – BKK – AMN

I am sitting in the lucrative seat 1A, Business Class, on this Boeing 787-8 Royal Jordanian Dreamliner bound for Amman.

Upon boarding the aircraft I am welcomed by the flight attendant who comes around with pre-departure soft drinks 😳- no alcohol….yet 😅. Interestingly there is no hot towel service which is a standard with most Asian carriers. (Post review update: it does come – after take-off). The seat is equipped with all the required gadgets and there is an amenity kit, bottle of water, and noise-cancelling headphones on the shelf built into the seat.

Th captain makes a distressing announcement that the flight will be 7.45 hours (I was expecting 8.45 hours – a whole hour has been shaved from my Business class experience).

The menus are passed around and the offerings are slim. I go for the Salmon main which is served with pan-fried gnocchi & buttered vegetables. This is enjoyed with a glass of Taittinger Brit Reserve and a Reserve Mouton Cadet St. Emillion (red). I finish with an off-menu pear tart, glass of Baileys, and a camomile tea.

It's 2am Bangkok-time and I don't want to watch a movie, instead watch an episode of 'Modern Family' whilst enjoying my meal. The noise-cancelling speakers do not work very well; they seem to spit out sound sporadically.

After dinner I decide to turn my seat into a 180 degree lie-flat seat, and manage to snooze for a few hours even skipping breakfast before waking up 40 minutes before landing. The seat, although narrow, is quite comfortable and the thick blanket keeps me snuggly-warm.

Comparing this medium-haul (7 hours) flight to other Business-class flights with lie-flat seats and extensive menu offerings I have flown, I would have to say service-wise – definitely comparable (I am impressed with the friendly service of the crew); seat-wise – on par; and food menu/selection – tasty and well presented, but limited choices.

Rating: 7.5/10

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