Royal Jordanian’s 787 Offers Understated Luxury

Royal Jordanian 787 Entrance Door

Royal Jordanian, famous for their striking charcoal coloured livery, have recently received the first of their 787s, in a thedesignair.net exclusive, we reveal the images in full high resolution for you to salivate over. What is evident, from entering the aircraft is the sense of space. Royal Jordanian have been one of the first carriers to opt for the large, cavernous entranceways that was part of the original cabin designs from Boeing, to create a sense of space and height, that the 787 really does offer. On boarding, you will note the calm cool colour palette, of soft muted greys and creams, with accents of the airline’s red dotted around on seats.

Royal Jordanian 787 Business Class

At the entrance is a simple golden crown, the only major part of noticeable RJ branding inside the aircraft, but it very quietly and proudly sits where all passengers can see it. At the entrance as well, is a small bar top which is most likely for mid flight snacks, sadly, only available for those in the airline’s Crown (Business) Class.

Royal Jordanian 787 Business Class

We are loving the business class onboard, and some may find it familiar looking, that’s because it’s pretty identical to that found on some of Delta’s fleet, as well as onThai Airways’ and United’s 787s. The reason we love it, (apart from the awesome red seat belts) is because what it has done to the carrier. It is now offering a much higher quality product, and matches the product found on the ground in Amman, where Royal Jordanian offers a large, and architecturally beautiful space for its business class passengers. Hopefully, we will see this product across the entire network soon enough, to replace the older style large recliners and almost lie flat beds – which seems to be the plan, as the Chairman of the Board/President & CEO Nasser Lozi stated “The new addition [of the 787] to the fleet is the first of five that will join the RJ fleet during this year as part of the company’s strategic plan to modernize its long-range fleet of aircraft, replacing the currently operating A340s and A330s.”

Royal Jordanian 787 Business Class

Onboard, the 24 business class seats found on the 787, offer 60 inch seat pitch in a 2 x 2 x 2 configuration, but due to their slightly angled nature, offers increased privacy, and bed length. The seats turn into fully 180degree flat-beds, with a bed length of just over 78″, plenty comfortable for most passengers. All the seats offer connectivity, and power and USB sockets can be found at each seat. The B/E Aerospace Diamond business class seats themselves have 21 inches of seat width with the arm rests down, and offer a larger 17″ screen filled with AVOD.

The angling of the seats, means that the seats on the left hand side have the most privacy, as their neighbouring seats are turned to face the other way, meaning the right hand pair of seats in the cabin is slightly more overlooked.

Royal Jordanian 787 Economy Class

In economy, there is still reason to jump up and down with joy, there are slightly less seats than on their competitors, and whilst still in a 3 x 3 x 3 configuration, the 4 less seats does mean more space. With mood lighting and a light airy cabin, as well as much better quality cabin air, the journey will seem a lot more comfortable. We also love their introduction of what seem to be 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.

Royal Jordanian 787 Economy Class

All economy seats have 10.6″ touchscreen TVs with AVOD, and nicely feature a bi-fold tray table to offer more space and more practicality depending on the point in the flight. The entertainment options on Royal Jordanian’s 787 is powered by Thales brand new AVANT system, which should offer much faster loading times and processing power, along with wi-fi connectivity too. Obviously with this being a Dreamliner, the airline is proud to offer customers an improved cabin environment featuring LED mood lighting, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems and reduced noise levels among other features.

Royal Jordanian 787 Economy Class

We are impressed, and delighted that Royal Jordanian has continued to improve its product, and has taken steps to ensure that its new fleet will fight strong for years to come against their competitors.

Initially, Royal Jordanian will be flying the 787 on various long haul routes around its network, including London Heathrow, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

9 comments

  1. Paul

    Dear United Airlines: THIS is how you dress a 787 😉

  2. Bob Barker

    Dear British Airways: your Club World 787 should be 2-2-2, not 2-3-2 with half the pax having to look backwards and climb over people to get out. See?

  3. Reblogged this on Flight Chic and commented:
    As Jonny Clark, The DesignAir, highlights in this excellent feature on the Royal Jordanian 787 Dreamliner, Royal Jordanian has made the most of the sense of space which can be built into a new cabin, both vertically and horizontally. Important too is the lack of visual clutter, helped along by the neutral tones. I’m fascinated by the decision to scatter a pattern of red seats in the Economy cabin. Besides giving the otherwise neutral cabin nice burst of colour, it draws the eyes in an irregular pattern, breaking up what would otherwise be a monotony of uniform seat rows. Uniform monochrome seat rows have the negative impact of emphasising the number of seats in the cabin, generating a sense of crowded conditions. Royal Jordanian has also given more physical space to the Economy cabin, but this clever design strategy could work equally well with more compressed cabin conditions.

    As designers recently shared with Flight Chic for a special cabin trends report published by Skift, passengers’ sense of space is as dependent on the visual aspects of the cabin as by physical constraints of seat pitch and width. One designer mentioned that the sense of space generated by the Dreamliner cabin configuration even made passengers believe that they were sitting in roomier seats, though the seats were identical to those on other aircraft.

    The biggest takeaway is that our sense of space in the cabin depends on many factors, not the seat alone. Clever designers and airlines inspired to follow their good advice, can really make any cabin feel better in a variety of ways.

    Of course, it helps that the Dreamliner has so many standard design features to enhance well being: larger windows, cabin humidity and pressurisation controls, noise reduction, etc.

    Kudos to Royal Jordanian for this refreshing elegant cabin design.

  4. Felix

    Did royal Jordanian use a design agency for this cabin design?

  5. Jack

    3 3 3 blows.. Always has and always will.

  6. ALEX

    I will fly with 787 Crown Class in march 2015 from CDG – AMM – BKK – AMM – CDG route . Cant wait to test this awesome class by RJ .

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