Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Philippine Airlines Upgrades New York to Boeing 777 Service in October

In a further effort to standardize its North American product, Philippine Airlines will be upgrade its four weekly flights from Manila to New York via Vancouver to a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft starting at the end of October. The route has been operated by an older A340-300 aircraft since it began last March.
Copyright Photo: Angelo Agcamaran/PPSG
The aircraft changes are slated to take effect on October 25, 2015 when the Boeing 777 assumes operation of flights PR126 and PR127 to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. Passengers have been complaining about the dated interiors and lack of in-flight entertainment aboard the A340 aircraft on such a lengthy flight.

However, the switch to the Boeing 777 will instantly improve the appeal of Philippine Airlines to overseas Filipinos and enhance the competitiveness of the national carrier that must compete against airlines such as Cathay Pacific. In addition, the Boeing 777 is less costly to operate as it consumes less fuel.

Unlike the older A340-300, PAL's Boeing 777 features a personal in-flight entertainment (IFE) system across all classes and seats.  Each seat features a personal remote control and video screen, which enables a passenger to play, pause, and rewind audio and video content at any time during the flight.

In addition, business class passengers can play music from their own personal collection through the in-flight entertainment system using a USB port, while the on-board AC adapters enable passengers to charge their laptops and mobile devices.

Philippine Airlines currently operates six Boeing 777 aircraft in its fleet. It is scheduled to receive two additional Boeing 777 aircraft in 2016. The aircraft are expected to help expedite the retirement of A340 aircraft and will be deployed on routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

19 comments :

  1. I hope they deploy the new B777's to LHR!

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  2. Way to go PAL...better late than never!

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  3. OMG; I can play music using a seatback USB port if I pay just an extra $1,500 each way for Business Class????
    Who writes this stuff? That the writer needs to dive so deep for a worthless benefit is an indication of how non-competitive PAL's Business Class product is regardless of which plane you fly.
    PAL executives should try Business Class in any other full-service Asian airline to realize just how poor PAL's offering is.
    I refuse to fly Business Class on PAL and fly Economy Tokyo <> Manila or Business Class on other carriers for long-haul.

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  4. Would be nice to have flight in other Eastern side and not only in New York!

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  5. La misma cosa! Believe it when you see it only!

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  6. PAL cannot compete against CX even with the 777

    1. CXs 777 are new.
    2. CXs seat config is way better than PAL. More space.
    3. CXs IFE is better, more organized and updated than PRs.
    4. CXs offers snacks in between flights. PR doesn't.
    5. CXs got young attendants who makes you feel pampered even in economy class. PR got nice crew too but I've found others quite lazy and snobbish.
    6. Both airlines doesn't offer good food. But CX gives you menu list to choose from. Quite classy.! PR doesn't. But PR offers pinoy food! Thumbs up!
    7. CXs gate for HK-MNL flight is very far from YVR-HK flight when you are on a connecting flight. PR is direct connection!

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    1. 6 and 7 are the reason why i always choose to fly pal....i dont really care about FA as long they do their duties.

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    2. Mr. Anonymous, While I agree that CX's 3-3-3 configuration is more comfortable that PAL's 3-4-3. PAL's 777 are also brand new.

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    3. Notice now that moneyed/profitable airlines like SQ, CX, KE, OZ do not assign flight crews who are more than 25 years old, male or female. They usually assign them ground jobs. For PAL and the legacy carries in the USA, the workers' unions usually l make the decisions. Remember Pan American World Airways in the seventies and eighties? It won't be erased on my memory when I requested (from an aging crew) a cup of drinking water to take my medication on a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Nothing was done at all. But the crew(s) were only alarmed when I started shaking, sweating in convulsion while the aircraft too started to hit a very tough turbulence in the middle of the Wake Islands.
      I nearly sued PanAm but my lawyer dissuaded me because the airline was on the verge of bankruptcy. True, it died a natural death because of apparent mismanagement after 8 months! So sorry, PanAm! I miss the real round-the-world flights from you!

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  7. FRUSTRATING !!! PAL upgraded this flight but Downgraded the Flight#117, Vancouver to Manila to use the old outdated Airbus340 effective November 2015. I bought my air ticket early because it specify Boeing 777 as the plane to be used and now it was changed. If people are complaining about PAL's outdated A340 plane, then I'm thinking to cancell my booking and advise my friends if ever they fly PAL to check the type of plane that they will be using.

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  8. If it is not 3-3-3 economy seating, I will not let my family of seven fly with PAL in December (LAX/MNL). Mark my word, darling Filipina lovely wife! You cannot get everything you want in regards to family decisions, he he he he he he.

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  9. When will Philippine Airlines ever come to Houston?

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  10. I hope all of you guys who complains about pal, fly on a regular basis at least twice a year or more to the U.S. Or North America .... Or just a person who travels to the U.S. every five years or just did fly to North America only once or maybe you have taken pal flight 10 years ago and maybe just took a flight of one of the other airlines you compared pal recently and visited North America once or twice so far .... Or your that person who just read what other people say or read what the airline magazine or website blogs talk about there experience with the airlines and blog them here as if your own experience since most of you are anonymous and write your comment via first person and can not prove that you did experience those flight that you tend to compare .... I'm just giving my observation ...because based on my experience the most critical person are the least experienced one who hides their identity to the public when they tend to critic and compare things

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    1. I agree. too many complaints on IFE. We took PR116 AUG 20,MNL-YVR. Departed on time at 7 pm. Observe that around 15% are using the IFE and the rest are sleeping.

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  11. It's always more credible if the comment or blog have a name or face to go with because it gives them ownership ... And accountability on what you say or write

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  12. When I flew for the first time the inflight amenities are my concern be I was excited and i can't sleep Bec its was my first time to fly on an airplane that's was 25 years ago I was still very young but as I become more older fly on a regular basis my priorities change when I fly long haul at 12 hours or more I always look forward on the comfort and food they serve I would rather sleep and used that time to rest and get my thoughts on what a head of me rather than tingling on the inflight entertainment since most of the time the movies that almost all airline provide are always been old and I can seen already months on DVD or theater unless u fly first class so why bother to watch them if I want entertain my self my phone have more updated games that what emirate elithad or even Cathay provide on there flight ... Based on my experience I would rather sit beside a Filipino When flying coach because we are the one of the most well mannered passenger in an airplane the any other nationality I experienced with on a flight ...

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  13. Sorry if my grammar is wrong Bec I'm writing this comment at 5 am in the morning and I don't proof read them anymore thanks

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