After our flight from Washington to Amsterdam, we were ready for our 2nd flight, this time from Amsterdam to Amman, Jordan! I’d never been or Royal Jordanian before, so it was another “first” to add to the list from our trip. At that moment, Amsterdam was the farthest East I had ever been in the world. So with every passing second onboard our flight, I was setting a little personal record. Royal Jordanian Flight 152 Information: Flight: Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) to Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) Flight Time: 4 Hours 45 Minutes Aircraft: Royal Jordanian A320 (JY-AYW) Seat: 17J (economy, window) I knew I was in for a special trip the second I boarded our RJ flight. Greeted immediately onboard with Arabic, I felt like I was leaving behind the Western World. Traveling abroad, to a country where very little of your native language is spoken really turns you into a 5 year old again. You’re always a little lost, confused, can’t communicate that well… but are having a ton of fun nonetheless. As I was soon to find out, Royal Jordanian was an extremely nice airline. With personal touch screen TVs in the back of every seat (even on our old A320) I was very impressed. Here are some photos from boarding: First Class At the Gate Personal IFE Below is a video from our takeoff. More videos like this can be found on my Youtube channel MartinsAviation: After taking off we flew directly South over Germany and Switzerland, following the boot of Italy towards Jordan. We even got to fly over the Alps which were absolutely amazing to see from the plane! Here are some in-flight photos: Over the Alps Over the Alps Over the Alps The meal served onboard was hands down the best airline meal I’d ever received. Not only was it excellent in taste, but in presentation as well. Gone were the plastic “sporks” of most airlines… No, not on Royal Jordanian. They use real silverware, even in economy: After flying over the Greek Islands and Mediterranean, we began our descent. Over Greek Islands The Cabin My Seat Needless to say, seeing Israel and thus the Middle East and Asia for the first time in my life was incredible. I was extremely excited. I remember looking out of the window just taking it all in. Down the coast, you could see the Gaza Strip, which I thought was pretty amazing. We passed over Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea before making our descent into Amman: The Israeli Coast Over Tel Aviv The Cabin Over Jerusalem The Dead Sea Turning Final in Amman Flying over Jordan, it really hits you how dry the country truly is. Amman, the capitol city, has one of the worst water shortages anywhere in the world. As you’ll read about in later articles from my trip… water conservation was a big deal in the city. Here is the video of our landing in Amman: It wasn’t until I saw signs all in Arabic that I really realized it. We were there. I was in the Middle East. How cool! Below are some photos post-flight: In Amman Kind Hussein, Kind Abdullah, and the Prince Queen Alia Airport Here is a list of countries we saw en-route from Amsterdam to Amman: The Netherlands Belgium Luxembourg Germany France Switzerland Italy Greece Israel Gaza Strip (Palestine) West Bank (Palestine) Jordan Here are some screenshots from our route: And check out these departure boards, you don’t see the destinations on flight schedules too often!! After exiting customs with ease, we went to a Starbucks and relaxed for a few hours, waiting for our final flight to Aqaba, Jordan. In Amman Queen Alia Airport Thanks for reading and watching! -Swayne Martin Twitter: @MartinsAviation Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 4 Responses JD August 1, 2014 Nice report and what an amazingly smooth landing! As my Dad used to say after every arrival of ours that smooth: “Air Force” (compared to Navy) meaning Navy pilots generally had to “put it down” on a carrier but AF pilots had the luxury of more gently touch downs. Anyway, I enjoyed this report as the others. Thanks and clear skies to you! Reply Swayne Martin August 3, 2014 Thanks for the comment! It was a smooth landing! It was also an incredibly long ground-affect float down the runway. Not sure if the pilots intended that or not. Reply Karlene August 2, 2014 Great trip Swayne! And to think one day you will be flying that same route. Reply Swayne Martin August 3, 2014 Haha maybe one day, Karlene! It was incredibly fun to see that part of the world for the first time! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.