I have previously flown Royal Jordanian on a short hop from Amman to Cairo. The flight to Doha was about 2 1/2 hours and was run on an Airbus A320, although originally planned on a regional jet.
I had flown with RJ from Amman before and so knew that if you use the Business Class check-in you can access their private immigration and security lane. The wait was literally 5 seconds, and I was through in to the vast Duty Free shop which dominates the terminal.
I went to the RJ lounge on the mezzanine. It was early so I fancied something to eat. The selection was better both in terms of freshness and quantity than last time, and I managed to assemble a reasonable breakfast:
There are some excellent views of the airport and the terminal decor from the lounge.
Shortly afterwards it was time to board and my gate was shown as 116C. As with many airports once they start adding letters to gate numbers it’s never a good sign.
On the way to the gate I spotted the new RJ B787 parked. It had only been delivered a couple of days before my trip.
Down a jet bridge at gate 116 I arrived in a large plastic tent that forms the gates – there was a good view of the buses that would transfer us on the way down.
About 30 minutes before boarding the agent turned up at the desk and started boarding. General free for all, no separate boarding for Business Class passengers.
On the way to our plane we got another view of the 787.
As we approached our aircraft the driver took a fairly long way to get there. The A320 stood out against the rising sun.
The seating is 2-2 in Business Class with about 4 rows. Most of the seats remained empty until the last bus when a large family group filled up the cabin.
The seats are fairly comfortable with the legroom in row 1 being reasonable.
Entertainment was located in the central arm rest.
There was a hot breakfast on board.
It was pretty tasty and the flight passed pleasantly.
We arrived at Doha on time but parked at a gate right at the end of the one of the wings of the terminal. It took about 20 minutes to get to my connecting gate to Columbo, Sri Lanka.