anyone travel with philippine airlines before?

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    30 minute delays are no biggie, even an hour is bearable.

    1. Had a 4 hour delay from hawaii back to manila, on a 1am flight

    2. 4 hour delay from manila to hk, with a connecting flight which flies only 2 days a week!!! Can you imagine the stress that they had to let us go into the plane without our luggage and cargo our stuff via singapore to the destination?

    3. 4 hour delay from Manila to cebu - AND when the plane took off we came back to the runway because apparently it was falling off when we were up in the air!!!

    And there were no weather problems in any of them.

    After that, not worth the trouble. I fly with Cebu Pacific back home. Cheap and reliable.


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    I've had many PAL flights to Sydney and Vancouver while living in Manila, and a couple flights from HK to Vancouver via Manila.

    Yes, I've had delays of an hour or two, and it seems more often in the past two years than a few years ago. Mots of my delays have been out of Vancouver while waiting for the plane to arrive from Vegas. I've never minded the Vancouver delay as it means the flight arrives at 6am instead of 4:30am. In spite of the occasional delays, I prefer PAL over Qantas, or using Air Canada through HK. The flight attendants are friendly and attentive. If you're travelling with kids, PAL is the way to go as Filipinos love kids and are very noise tolerant.

    I've had at least two instances where the in-seat TV didn't work, but both times there was an empty seat or two in Business Class so I was able to move.

    If you're travelling Business Class, I find it as good as Qantas or AC, but of course not the same as Singapore AL or Cathay. If you're travelling economy, be prepared for a line-up at check-in as it takes a long time to check in all those Balikbayan boxes as excess baggage You can also rest assured that economy will be full, so don't hope you have an empty seat beside you, and the overhead storage cabinets will be full.

    Beware transiting through NAIA in Manila. It's an absolutely horrible airport to spend a few hours in. Rumour has it the five year old new terminal will open some day, so the transit may not be so bad then.

    If I was going to Sydney tomorrow, I'd fly PAL. Might be a little biased though as I'd use the stopover in Manila for a weekend visit.

    PAL also tends to be cheaper than many other airlines. Not a factor when flying for work (I still choose PAL), but definitely important when flying with a family of five on vacation.


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    I used to fly Philippine Airlines a lot in the mid 90's mainly from London to Bangkok and sometimes onto Manila. I was always very happy with them and thought the hostesses were lovely. The food was great, too.
    Then they ran into financial difficulties and stopped flying outside of Asia.

    Haven't flown them for 10 years or so and must give them another try but i certainly had no complaints in the mid 90's when i used to travel to Asia from the UK 6 to 7 times a year.


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