Flying with Philippine Airlines

After a month long hiatus, a few tweaks on my blog theme, and fighting the jet lag, I’m back to blogging regularly! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you’ll know I’ve recently been to Europe with my family. It was a dream come true and with that came with over 10,000+ photos and videos to go through, choose the best, post-proess, etc. It’s a lot of work but I’m really excited to start sharing them with all of you! Annnnnd to kick off my series of posts on Europe I’ll be doing a quick write up about my family and I’s experience flying with Philippine Airlines as we head to London, England.

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Check-in was a breeze, no line (although we got there fairly early), and the staff were all pretty nice. In my opinion Terminal 2 is much better than Terminal 3 however I haven’t been back since the renovation so who knows???

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Dream come true!!! I was too excited, already taking a bunch of photos just at the airport alone. Haha! Can never have too many photos right? (Random Travel Tip: Bring extra SD cards!)

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YASSSSSSSSSS! Free Wifi!!!

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This is the inside of the terminal with all the gates. It’s pretty decent, nothing special. A lot of seats, charging stations, computers for use, tvs and places to eat. The food choices are pretty minimal, probably about 6 or 7 to choose from? I can’t remember but we just bought sandwiches (expensive sandwiches), but it’s an airport so expect everything to have a huge markup.

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After a couple of hours, we finally boarded! The flight attendants were cheery and nice and they directed us to our seats. Β The plane was clean and the seats were comfortable (2 seats on the left and right, 4 seats in the middles). Pillows and blankets were already in our seats when we came.

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Routine checks done and we were ready for take off. There was traffic in the air so we were delayed and waiting in line for about an hour and a half but hey traffic is traffic.

Finally we’re in the air and look at that beautiful view!!! I love windows seats. Unfortunately, we didn’t get window seats BUT luckily it wasn’t a full flight so there were a fair few seats still available. As soon as the seat belt light went off I went to find a window seat. Haha! Found 2 available seats, which made the 15 hour flight much more bearable as I could lie down as oppose to pushing my seat back.

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I remember as soon as I sat down in my seat I noticed that there were no screens on the back of the seats and I thought, “Ommmmyyyy, how will I survive this 15 hour flight!” Hahaha! I realized I over-reacted a bit because as soon as the plane was 14,000 ft high and stable, the PAL crew started handing out mini iPads!

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All mini iPads came with a nice blue case and white earphones. The iPad holds all the movies, tv shows, games and music. So much better than having the screens on the seats since you can watch or play games while lying down.

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Of course we were also given our over-night packs. Consisting of all the usual things: socks, eye mask, Β tooth brush and tooth paste.

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First meal of the flight, dinner! Potchero with rice, side salad, bread and butter, dried mangoes and goldilocks pudding (So good! Why don’t they sell this in the stores?!) Maybe I’m bias since I love Filipino food, but of all the airlines I’ve been on, PAL still serves the best in-flight food.

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A few hours in to the flight we were also given snacks. Slice of cake and two yummy hot dog bread things. Haha! We also had breakfast but I forgot to take a photo, I think I was just really hungry and it didn’t cross my mind. It was good though!

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15 hours later… we finally arrived in London! It was cold and rainy and apparently there was a storm that night. We landed around 11 pm, but more on that in another post! Overall, it was a pleasant, hassle-free 15 hour flight with Philippine Airlines. If you’re planning to travel to London, a direct flight with PAL would be your best bet.

Thanks Philippine Airlines! Mabuhay!

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98 Comments

  1. Oooh. Lovely pictures. I look forward to seeing London pictures! I have only been on an airplane twice… Bahamas and Florida… Shirt trips compared to 15 hours!!! You actually got to lay down?! So cool πŸ™‚

  2. It sounds like Philippine Airlines knows what they’re doing! I don’t know what Goldilocks pudding is, but it sounds tasty. And so cool that you got iPads! When I flew back from Japan recently the screen in the back of the seat froze and I couldn’t watch any movies for 12 hours. πŸ™

  3. This sounds like a great airline. I love when you have room especially on a long flight. I like people but when you want to chill and maybe sleep you want some room to lay down. The iPads were so cool to hang out. I think that would help the flight go by so much quicker!

  4. Something tells me you are going to take us on a trip down the memory lane on your travel. πŸ™‚ I like Philippine Airlines. It’s the only one offering premium services that is affordable being our flag carrier. It is definitely better than the budget airlines.

  5. I am soooo jealoouus. I hope I can visit Europe as well. πŸ™ anyway, PAL is amazing! I haven’t tried an international flight though. I was amazed with the iPad. LOL.

  6. For me, PAL is one of the trusted airlines here in PH. It is always one of the airlines that I consider whenever Im planning for a trip – I find them reliable compared to other airlines.

    10,000 photos is a lot! It must have been a super fun trip!

  7. Whoah! PAL never fails to surprise their passengers even if it is local travel. In fact, it is one of the best airlines most of my relatives choose rather than the others just except for the fact that the price they offer is quite high. But considering the convenience of traveling with them, it, sure, is the best.

  8. I guess you are in a long flight πŸ˜‰ but even just a short flights PAL never fails to make their customer happy. Different airlines has it’s own way to make the clients be in a WOW Mode, i like how you enjoyed your trip. I am looking for my PAL flight soon. I just love your first meal on board as well as the ipad they lend you πŸ™‚ Even PAL is a bit pricey rather than others. They are a really good choice to traveled with.

  9. Whaaaa– London is still a part of my bucketlist. I’m thinking if you let us take a peak of your London trip as well. By the way, I think PAL is a better choice compared to other budget airlines.

  10. Ohh maayy! I miss flying with PAL hahaha I just fly with them 2 weeks ago. Hahah PAL experience is really different talaga from other budget airlines. Seat are more wider and comfortable. Wow huh! Temporary Ipad while flying its nice hahaha love it πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve never been to Europe, but I’ve experienced flying with PAL several times already. For the airport terminal, I think NAIA 3 is the best now in terms of food selections and space. But if peacefulness is preferred, I think NAIA 1 is good once the renovation is fully finished. It’s great to know that they now lend mini-ipads as entertainment. I can recall before that I endured a roundtrip flight to Los Angeles without an in flight entertainment. Thus, when we flew to New York, we took Cathay Pacific instead. Hopefully, I get to fly with PAL when I visit London in the future too.

    1. Oh wow thats cool! I definitely need to see NAIA 3 now that its been renovated. I hate not having in-flight entertainment! Hope you have a lovely time with PAL in the future ?

  12. I’m glad you had a good experience! I took 6 flights through PA a few months back and literally had the worst experiences I’ve ever had with an airline – maybe I was just unlucky!

  13. Great piece! I have never flown Singapore but they look great! I am doing a MEL-LAX flight in 5 weeks so i hope the flight isn’t full. Air NZ too haha. I love them. But nice post on this carrier. I will no doubt do the same when i travel over. I do them often but only for Jetstar long haul, and Southwest so far.

  14. I never thought about the convenience of iPad minis! Such a cool feature! The food looks so tasty too… such a difference from our North American airlines…

  15. I have never flew Philippine airlines before but I did have a 15 hours flight from Malaysia to London with Air Asia and that had no entertainment. I can’t remember how the time passed. The food looks nice, it’s nice when airlines give nice food for a change.

  16. London and the UK is my dream destination! I really hope I can visit the place one day with my boys. I have not ridden a plane ever, but I will most definitely plan my first flight with PAL, they seem to have the best service among the local airlines, especially with all the wonderful stuff you mentioned!

  17. I haven’t tried flying with PAL. But I really look forward to. I do hope I can visit other countries too, just like you!

  18. The last plane ride I had was back in 2005! I am really itching to travel. I hope I can experience it soon. Good to know that your experience with PAL is great. πŸ™‚

  19. I still haven’t tried Phillipine airlines yet. And my last travel overseas was 5 years ago! Just like you, when I first came to the airport, I took a lot of images! Now I look back on those pictures and reminisce!

  20. I have never flown PAL. It sounds like a good experience though and the food looks delicious! Glad you got mini-ipads. I would have gone crazy without in-flight entertainment for 15 hours.

  21. Was the WiFi fast? I flew through PAL before when I went to Bohol with my officemates. It was just a domestic flight so no iPad hahaha… I just remembered that they have a special pathway that goes to the plane, which I found to be sweet.

    I love window seats too, and I guess I’m lucky that most of the time, I am given that even when I don’t book a seat.

  22. Loved this! I must admit Im a freak of airlines meals, and that food just looked sooo delicious!
    I definitely want to fly with Phillipine Airline someday!

  23. I am jelaous! I can’t wait till our next vacay too πŸ™‚ Glad to know that they’ve improved a lot! I rode PAL only once and it was my first time back then. I always use JAL until now. Maybe I shall give ’em a another chance *winks

    Yay for Ipads, I wouldn’t know what to do too for long hrs of trasvel doing nothing ^^ Thanks to advanced tech! I shall see Europe very soon too.

  24. Yes to Philippines Airlines! That was a nice flight. I could survive a 15 hour flight with that too. Happy to know the airline is doing well. Thanks for sharing your experience. I will do that too!

  25. Viewong 10000+photos and videos is no joke. Might took you days to finish them.

    I also love flying with Philippine Airlines. Love their food. They have this connotation PAL is PAL always late but luckily, haven’t experienced that yet and hopefully will never, please.

  26. the iPad initiative is cool since you have the liberty to chose the kind of entertainment you want. when I fly PAL, I always chose the emergency exit for the extra leg room.

  27. Noted. It’s cool that they even give out mini ipads for entertainment. When we’re going to book for a flight out of the country, we’ll book via PAL – considering that the rates are reasonable compared to others of course. Haha. πŸ™‚ Haven’t booked a flight via PAL yet, but my boyfriend swears it’s better than other airlines.

  28. Very good to know, thank you for this post! I have never flown with them but it is good to know what to expect (and not to worry if I don’t see screens, I would have freaked out too!)

  29. Philippine Airlines is also one of the best airlines I’ve checked in so far. The staff are decent and foods are also okay. But not yet for a long flight though. ha ha. And yes, I think terminal 2 is way better than the other terminals at NAIA. Safe flight! Would love to see London, one of my dream destinations! Xx

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