You are midway in your flight. Everything is smooth. You looked out the window and the sun shines bright in clear skies. Suddenly, the aircraft shakes and all of a sudden drops abruptly then goes up again! Those who are walking in the aisle that time are thrown up the ceiling. Bags fall off the overhead compartments. The galley is a mess. The cabin is a mess. What you actually went through is called Clear Air Turbulence or CAT.
With the advent of twin-engine ultra-long range aircraft, airlines have moved from a hub and spoke model to a direct point to point model. Twin-engine aircraft like the Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 787-9, Airbus A350-900ULR, and A350-900 have made ultra long haul flying for more than 15 hours more efficient, thus, many airlines have launched many non-stop ultra-long haul flights.
From becoming a three-star airline, they received their fourth. From placing 99 to 44 in the World's Best Airline rankings from Skytrax, they jumped to number 30! Their cabin crew was named top 11 Best Cabin Crew in the world from nothing last year. Most of all, they were recognized by Skytrax as the World's Most Improved Airline of 2019! Indeed, there is no stopping Philippine Airlines in becoming a global contender for the world's best airlines.
When we think of the Boeing 747-8I, the Boeing 777-300ER, and the Airbus A350-900, we see them as sleek, very beautiful, and graceful birds flying in the skies. Did you know though that the original concepts of those three jets were far from what they are today? Yes, the classic 747 wasn't first envisioned as an airplane with a half upperdeck. So yes, the Airbus A380 was not the very first full-length double deck aircraft conceptualized.
As air passengers in the Philippines, you have your rights under the law. So if your flight was cancelled, your flight was delayed for long hours, and so on, what can you demand from the airline? Question is, how well do you know this law and your rights? It is best that we are very familiar with them, hence, we show you an infographic giving you the summary of the Rights of Philippine Air Passengers.
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"