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Review: Royal Jordanian short-haul Crown Business class, booked with Avios

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This is my review of a Royal Jordanian A320 short-haul flight to Amman.

Royal Jordanian has a surprisingly low profile amongst Head for Points readers.  They would have been further off my own radar if I didn’t have a friend who uses them regularly and is a fan.

This is why Royal Jordanian should be on your radar:

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can earn and redeem Avios for their flights

Royal Jordanian operates brand new Boeing 787 aircraft to Heathrow Terminal 3 with its latest business class seat

Via its base at Amman in Jordan, you can fly to various parts of the Middle East and Asia, including Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

I recently flew back from Dubai to Heathrow on Royal Jordanian.  This article covers my A320 short-haul flight to Amman.  Future pieces will cover the Crown Lounge in Amman (click here) and the Boeing 787 business class service to London (click here).

Flying Royal Jordanian short haul

Royal Jordanian uses Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport which is the same terminal as British Airways.

Check in was a breeze as you would expect at 5.45am for a 7.45am departure.  I was given a pass for the Royal Jordanian lounge which is actually a shared facility.  However, due to the poor signage in the terminal, I headed in the wrong direction and found myself outside the British Airways lounge at a few minutes past 6am.

oneworld airlines have reciprocal lounge access so British Airways was happy to let me in.  I was totally alone.  It was a bit weird.  Everything was set out, including an extensive hot breakfast buffet, but there were no guests.  I stayed for an hour and in that time not a single other person entered!  The first BA flight is not until 10am so it isn’t surprising that no-one had arrived by 7am when I left.

I usually don’t like the new BA Dubai lounge because it is too small – substantially too small if we’re honest.  When you’re on your own that isn’t really a problem and this was my best visit yet.


Royal Jordanian has ‘proper’ short haul business class seats in Crown Business as is common in the Middle East.  If you only remember one thing from this review, let it be this.

As per the seat plan here:

there are four rows of 2 x 2 seating.  Here are a couple of shots of the seat:

…. with this one showing the seats when reclined:

Design-wise it is far too beige for my liking.  What the seats lack in style they make up for in size and comfort however.  Whilst I didn’t use it, there is also IFE with a monitor built into the seat arm.

Unfortunately, I had a problem with my seatmate as you can see:

I assumed the guy had boarded wearing sandles.  However, when we landed, he pulled out a pair of trainers and socks from under his seat.  He had clearly decided that his feet needing some fresh air.

I also had issues with my neighbour across the aisle.  When I flew Qatar Airways First Class a couple of years ago I had a problem with my seat mate watching videos on his iPhone without headphones.  And guess what – I’ve no idea if it was the same guy, but yet again I was sat near someone who had no qualms at all about watching iPhone videos with no headphones.  No-one else seemed to care.


At just over three hours, Dubai to Amman is realistically more medium haul than short haul.  We were only offered a one plate platter which was a little disappointing and, to be fair, is a lot less than British Airways would offer on a 190 minute flight:

It didn’t do much for me but I had eaten well in the BA lounge.

What does Royal Jordanian cost on Avios?

If you just booked Dubai to Amman on Royal Jordanian, it would cost 20,000 Avios plus £65 of taxes in Business Class, one-way.

Economy is 10,000 Avios one-way plus the same in taxes.  Paying the extra 10,000 Avios for Business Class is not a bad deal given the big comfortable seats and the chance to use the British Airways lounge in Dubai.

Overall the Royal Jordanian short haul experience was perfectly acceptable although lacking in any ‘wow’ factor.  I enjoyed the oversized seat but the food and service were underwhelming.  That said, given how early I had got up that morning, I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to be ‘wow’ed and was simply happy to have a decent seat to get another three hours rest.

Once we landed in Amman, I headed off to visit Royal Jordanian’s flagship Crown Lounge, reviewed here …..

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Comments (48)

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  • Dominic Barrington says:

    This flight is positively long haul compared to the TLV/AMM ‘hop’, which I did in November! RJ are easy to redeem on through – I’ve never flown them for cash – and I was very pleasantly surprised. I await the AMM/LHR review with interest. (And they are certainly ‘not’ dry, and they have an excellent safety record. Jordan is a remarkably English country in some ways, reflecting King Hussein’s education in Britain!)

  • Ben says:

    When you consider how incredible Qatars short-haul product is (especially their catering) this is a very poor member of the Oneworld alliance and I’m surprised they didn’t kick them out when the much superior Qatar joined.

    • Arun T says:

      If Oneworld are going to start kicking airlines out based on the quality of their short-haul product, then BA are in trouble!

    • Cate says:

      At one point RJ pretty much had a monopoly with flights into Amman and prices reflected that. Now its opening up to low cost carriers like flydubai and even Ryanair so perhaps the shine will come off RJ’s OW membership.

  • Kean says:

    It is more common that we wanted that people playing videos on loud speakers in business even first. Big applause to Malaysia Airline, the only occasion I was in that the FA told the passenger to use headphone or shut it as it disturb other passengers.

  • What's the Point says:

    Easyjet flew LGW to AMM for a few years, but stopped after saying they couldn’t make it stack up. Every Easyjet flight I went on was full – and at least £200 to £300 less than econ BA and RJ.
    Ryanair start flying soon to AMM, but only from outside of UK.
    So the duopoly of UK direct flights operated by BA + RJ remains in tact!

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