The flag carrying airline of the Philippines and the oldest commercial airline in Asia, Philippine Airlines has plenty to boast about. They offer a huge domestic network, serving 31 destinations in the Philippines, and also flies to 36 destinations across the Middle East, Oceana, North America, Europe, Southeast and East Asia.
The airline went into receivership in 1998 after facing financial crisis, but since exiting it in 2007 they have been going from strength to strength. They have codeshare agreements with seven airlines, including Emirates and Etihad, and are currently the only flag carrying airline of a major Southest Asian economy that isn’t a member of an airline alliance. They have their own frequent flyer program, Mabuhay Miles, and a subsidiary airline called PAL Express.
How to Check In
You can check-in online or at the airport. Web check-in is available on all routes, apart from flights to and from Dubai and flights origination in Xiamen in China. Web check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled departure, and closes one hour before. If you want to check-in at the airport it’s recommended that you do so two hours before domestic departure, and three hours before international. The counters close completely 45 minutes before departure.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Baggage allowance varies depending on route and fare class. On flights from London passengers are entitled to 20kg in economy, and 40kg in business class. No one bag should exceed 32kg, in line with IATA guidelines. There’s an excess baggage fee per kilo of $50* (about £31.10) on most routes, and £33 per kilo on flights to Manila.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Long haul economy offers a standard 31-33” of legroom, while business class passengers can expect a very generous amount of legroom ranging from 45-70”. On short-haul flights economy passengers have 30-34” of legroom, while business passengers have 36”-40” (depending on aircraft). You can pay to reserve your seat in advance. Prices depend on route. For flights originating in the USA, Canada, or London the cost is $20* (about £12.45) per sector for a seat at the front of economy, and $50* (about £31.10) per sector for exit rows and bulkhead seats.
There are no booking fees with Philippine Airlines.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Complimentary snacks, meals, and drinks are served on all flights lasting more than 45 minutes. Business class passengers can choose from Western, Filipino and Japanese cuisine. Philippine Airlines often invites well known celebrity chefs to create meals as part of their Food Festivals in the Sky program, so there’s always something interesting to tempt tastebuds.
Philippine Airlines are a fairly punctual airline, with nearly 80% of flights arriving at their destination on time. *Prices subject to change