Yesterday July 15 marked one year since Philippine Airlines received its very first Airbus A350-900. Plane spotters waited long hours to get a glimpse of the new aircraft, many avgeeks waited so long to see a next generation aircraft in PAL colors, and many or the PAL regular customers were very happy as finally, the old A340 will be replaced. She is indeed such a beautiful aircraft in metal! All were excited!
Clark International Airport is indeed Luzon's second gateway and major airport. With the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport, more airlines are moving their flights to the former US Airbase in Angeles, Pampanga, hence, the need to have a bigger airport to accommodate more passengers. Ongoing is the construction of the new Clark International Airport terminal and you will just love its modern Filipino design.
During every flight, we always hear the cabin crew say "In preparation for take-off, please make sure that your seatbelts are fastened, window shades up, tray tables stowed, and seats in upright position" then followed by a "we will be dimming the cabin lights for take-off...". Same procedure also goes for landing. We may now be wondering why we have to follow all these, and the answer is simply because of safety.
It has always been the attitude of many passengers to stand-up right after the aircraft lands and taxis to the parking gate. They do not see the danger of standing-up while the fasten seatbelt sign is switched it which could lead to injuries or even death. Airline policies do state that the fasten seatbelt light has to be followed where we have to remain in our seats until it is switched off.
July 10, 2019 was the final curtain call of an era in Philippine Airlines, the era of the quad-jet engine aircraft in the airline's fleet. They flew their Airbus A340-300 with registry RP-C3441 to Orlando before being transferred to its new owner, Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas of Spain. The final departure at 1:15pm marks the end of an age when PAL had aircraft which utilizes 4 jet engines in its fleet. It is time to do a lookback on the era of the PAL "quad-jet"
Last June 25, a Ninoy Aquino International Airport ground handler sustained injuries after a lightning struck within the vicinity, It was said that the worker forgot to hault all operations during a red lightning alert. Based on MIAA's record, Joel Arejola from Macroasia fell off from the ladder while detaching ground power unit from the aircraft. The incident happened at around 6:58 p.m. of June 25.
If you are used to flying full service airlines or perhaps, seeing the ads of legacy carriers, we might get the impression that all airlines provide similar inflight services such as free food, free overnight kits, free blankets and pillows, free snacks and more, Suddenly when you stepped into the aircraft of your airline, what? No blankets?No pillows? No free food nor snacks? No business class? Small legroom? Well, your airline then must be a low cost carrier!
Just imagine if Philippine Airlines were to fly the supersonic Concorde! Just imagine how fast it would fly from Manila to Sydney at speeds of mach 2.5 flying near the Stratosphere at 55,000ft! That was actually supposed to happen way back in 1971 when Aerospatiale and British Aircraft Company offered the supersonic jet to no less than Philippine Airlines! In fact, PAL had plans of purchasing 4 units of the Concorde until the oil crisis struck in 1973.
Many passengers still do ask if any Philippine based airline or carrier operates a Boeing 737. After the crash of an Ethiopian Air and Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8, it seems like many Filipino passengers fear getting on board a Boeing 737, regardless if it is a Max or not. Well to tell you the truth, no airline in the Philippines operates a single Boeing 737 today. So what type of aircraft do our local airlines operate?
Metro Manila is indeed the main gateway to the Philippines. It is also the primary airport in the country but sadly, it is simply comparable to a provincial airport in another country. With its present perpendicular runway set-up where one active runway can handle both narrow and wide body aircraft, NAIA can no longer handle the number of flights coming in and out the country. Despite all efforts to improve other airports around the country to decongest NAIA, these are all short term plans to a long term problem.