Due to my mother passing suddenly on 19 June 2017, Peter and I booked immediately for a couple of seats with Philippine Airlines. We chose PAL (Philippine Airlines) because it provides the shortest time of travel, being a direct flight with no stop-over. From 16+hours to just 13-14.
We were happy with PAL. The plane has two-seater on each side, which is more convenient if you want to go to toilet or go for a quick stretch of legs, the food is good as good as what you can expect from an airline dinner (though Peter was complaining that the beef stew menu was an abomination of English dinner. It should be with dumplings and mash potato not rice) LOL.
The flight attendants were friendly and courteous. Although Peter did happen to mention that the customers from the right side seats get a faster and more proactive service! An attendant was always walking, attending 🙂 We would order a glass of water and it would take 10-15 minutes for it to come by but there is a service with a smile.
The baggage allowance is also very attractive. One is allowed to bring 23kg weight of items in two two suitcases, totalling to 46kg check-in baggage for each person. Not only that one is also allowed a hand-luggage no more than 7kg. Plus you can also bring a bag, a camera, small jacket and laptop.
14 July 2017
Return Flight with MyPaL did not have an auspicious beginning.
As has been widely expected with Philippine Airlines, it was of course late. The flight for Manila to London was supposed to be on the 13th July 2017 at 1:00pm Philippine time.
We got up early and finished our packing, by 9:00am we left our hotel on a P600p hotel shuttle or taxi. We were at the airport just before 10am. At Terminal 2, we browsed the miniscule Duty Free and got some last minute chitchiria and presents. But there was no restaurant really to speak of.
We just got a Chicken mami and waited patiently for our call out.
At about 12:00pm hoards of well dressed Flight attendants came into the lounge to wait with us. The ladies were well presented, not a hair out of place. All crimsoned red lipsticked.
We thought as the flight attendants are here, surely we will be called to board in soon.
Apparently our plane is late from its internal flight from General Santos. Just like that, our flight time was changed to 2:20pm. I was just thanking the Good Lord that we did not have a connecting flight somewhere else.
Finally we boarded.
It was fairly uneventful. I think our pilot was a woman, someone called Capt Ginifer or something.
As much as the flight attendants are visually pleasant, they were rather jaded doing their job. A stewardess would come with a bottled water and some comes but would not engaged in eye to eye contact with the passengers. Therefore, there are those who were truly parched that get ignored.
I was travelling with Peter, the hubby, who independently mentioned that these attendants are rather ineffectual.
And so were the iPads given on loan in return of boarding pass. The iPad was supposed to show current or fairly new films but most of the time ipad did not work and was rather fiddly to manage. I just couldn’t be bothered in the end.
I was very unwell with cough and cold during the flight and my appetite was gone. I could not really eat much. I noticed too that Peter was not eating, he said the food was particularly horrible. I did noticed that too comparing the fare we got from Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Cathay Pacific, PAL food was beyond par.
Just before we got to London, a couple of male attendants armed with a couple of aerosols each started spraying the ceiling of the plane. They were working on opposite aisles. The reason they gave was that it was for quarantine. They did not mention what the quarantine was for. I did weakly protest about my basic human rights!
I googled later at home of this rather strange thing. Apparently it was for the Zika virus.
Having said that, there is something attractive about PAL. It flies direct with no stopover. Additionally they have two seater seats by the windows. This made easier for Peter and I to go to the toilet and just stretch our legs.
I just hoped that PAL get its act together otherwise they may be banned for flying Europe once again!
5 Stars out of 10