Philippine Airline Recaro seats and AVOD

I’ve only read about this, but I never thought that I would actually try them out myself. When I got inside the waiting lounge at the Centennial airport, I saw this Boeing 747 docked in one of the bays. I’m always drawn to airplanes, and I would almost always whip out my camera and take a picture. It never occurred to me that I will be riding this plane. Never did I also imagine that it would feature Recaro seats with Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD).

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Airline food: Yay or nay?

There are people who simply abhor airline food, while there are some who, oddly enough, are excited by it. I can understand both sides. Airline food is hardly ever something to write about, although on certain airlines, the meals served onboard are among the highlights of the flight. In my experience, most of the time airline meals are nothing special.…read more

Flying long-haul with Philippine Airlines

Last year, when we were planning for my first trip to Australia, my sister wanted me to get the fares for a round-trip Manila-Melbourne-Manila flight from Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. I, on the otherhand, kept on insisting to fly with Philippine Airlines, because I am a Mabuhay Miles member. It was only after a couple of weeks (yes,…read more

PAL’s PR475 overshoots Butuan runway

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines -- At least 3 people were injured when a Philippine Airlines jet overshot the runway of the Bancasi Airport here around 6:45 a.m. Friday, careering into coconut grove, officials said. Superintendent Elmer Doyo, regional director of the Criminal detection and Investigation Group (CIDG), said among the injured was the plane pilot’s Captain Fernando Santos. The Airbus A320,…read more

Philippine Airlines’s new online booking facility

Philippine Airlines has introduced its new e-ticketing facility for booking domestic flights.

Effective 10 August 2007, we are using 2 systems simultaneously. The New! Low Fare Calendar Search which is available for domestic itineraries only and the current Low Fare Search by Schedule for International itineraries or combination of International/Domestic Itineraries.

Low Fare Calendar Search
This applies to Domestic Itineraries only. You may now check the low fare across a seven day period or the low fare for your exact travel date.

Low Fare Search By Schedule
For International itineraries or combination of International and Domestic itineraries. You will be shown the best internet fare applicable to your preferred travel date.

Source: Philippine Airlines website

I tried booking for a return ticket to Puerto Princessa using both systems. Surprisingly, there was a difference in the ticket prices. With the old system, the fare quoted was Php 6,873.00, inclusive of taxes. Using the new domestic booking system, the same itinerary only costs Php 5,210. Moving the departure date from a Saturday to a Sunday, I was even able to get a RT ticket for only Php 3,082. That’s a great price, isn’t it?
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PAL’s new A320 cabin design

From the SunStar Bacolod website: Philippine Airlines's newest Airbus A320, which features a "21st-century enhanced cabin" that is the first to be outfitted for an Asian carrier, arrived recently to join the flag carrier's modernizing fleet. The cabin is the widest of any single aisle aircraft in the Philippines, allowing for wider seats in both Mabuhay (business) and Fiesta (economy)…read more