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Photos: inside Royal Jordanian's Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By David Flynn     Filed under: Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Royal Jordanian

Royal Jordanian's first Boeing 787 made its inaugural flight this week, with the Oneworld member and Qantas partner now running a Dreamliner service from the Jordanian capital of Amman to London, with Hong Kong and Bangkok to follow.

So what's the inside story for this latest airline to embrace the Boeing 787?

For starters, the Jordanian flag-carrier is one of few airlines to follow Boeing's advice and have the entry to the Boeing 787 dressed up into a clean welcoming space rather than a cluttered galley.

They've even kept Boeing's bar monument to help define the space between business and economy.

The 24 'Crown business class' seats in Royal Jordanian's Boeing 787 use the same seat as the Dreamliners of United Airlines and Thai Airways – the increasingly-familiar Diamond business class model from B/E Aerospace.

That means a standard 2-2-2 layout, which sees the left-most seats (tagged A and B) angled towards the window while the middle (E, F) and right-side (J, K) seats are skewed in the other direction.

The seats are 21 inches wide with 60 inch pitch, and convert to a fully-flat 1.98 metre (78 inch) bed.

Creature comforts include a large 17 inch screen plus laptop and USB power sockets.

The 246 economy class seats follow the Dreamliner mould of a 3-3-3 layout with 17.2 inch width and 32 inch pitch.

Each passenger gets a 10.6 inch touchscreen and a personal USB port.

But what's with the bright red seats scattered around the otherwise grey and cream cabin?

Jonny Clark at TheDesignAir describes these as "hot seats – randomly placed, bright red seats in economy that have no meaning whatsoever, apart from to inject the occasional red accent colour through the cabin."

"Visually it’s a clever device, employed by many cabin designers to help break up the rows of seats and make the cabin look more intimate" Clark notes.

Royal Jordanian flag-carrier has 10 more Boeing 787s to come as part of a fleet modernisation scheme which will see older Airbus A340s and A330s pensioned off.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

Have something to say? Post a comment now!

1 on 4/9/14 by fxdxdy

About time!The old business class seats on the A330 #@$%! hurt the last time I flew with them. 

2 on 5/9/14 by TheRealBabushka

Thank you David! I have been wondering why there is not much news on RJ's 787!

Let's just hope their fares remain competitive!

3 on 5/9/14 by Bizflyer

Wow decent seats well that's the next busniess class to try at some point 

 

also are the 787 going to be the only long haul plane in the RJ fleet or will some a330/340 remaine in fleet 

4 on 7/9/14 by Kogglogs

Dear United, 

THIS is how you dress a 787.

Lotsa love,

The RJ team.

 

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