As the last part of the four-leg trip, I went for a touch of home and flew Philippine Airlines Business class. It’s not the best choice there is, but it’s a familiar one. We’ve covered a lot of PAL Business class flights and that’s no mistake. With a broad fleet, they have different kinds of business class products! Powerball results and payouts.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) flies the Boeing 777-300ER with 370 seats in a two-class configuration of Business and Economy. Mabuhay is Philippine’s Business Class product and Fiesta is its Economy Class product. Business Class in the PAL Boeing 777-300ER consists of 42 seats within two cabins and a 2-3-2 configuration. Detailed seat map Philippine Airlines Boeing B777 300ER. Find the best airplanes seats, information on legroom, recline and in-flight entertainment using our detailed online seating charts.
I have mixed feelings on the diversity of the PhilippineAirlines Fleet. Sometimes, I’ll get the Thompson Vantage XL seats which was thebest that PAL had to offer. While there are also times where I’ll be stuck withthe older products.
In this case, I got the second-best seat in my opinion.
PROS: Comfortable seats with generous legroom. Decentfood.
CONS: 2-3-2 seat layout. Below average lounge.
I checked-in at SFO. Nothing notable happened. It was quickand smooth. I immediately headed for the Mabuhay Lounge. For this trip, Iheaded to the Air France Lounge at first, but it was just too crowded for me tofeel comfortable, so I headed to the Mabuhay Lounge instead.
The Mabuhay Lounge at San Francisco International Airport is by far the worst among the Philippine Airline lounges, that’s including some of its domestic counterparts. I made a separate review of the place and detailed what PAL can do to improve on their lounges. Check that out here!
I arrived at the boarding area with around 15 minutes tospare. Luckily, the ground staff was very courteous and quick with their processes.As soon as I arrived, I was already boarding the plane along with the otherpassengers.
Seat Cabin and Amenities
There were 28 flat-angled seats in the business class cabin. There were storage bins in the middle, however, they didn’t make me feel like the cabin was stuffy. At first glance, the whole cabin wasn’t appealing. The play between the PAL’s signature blue shade and the neutral colors of the seatbacks just added a little bit of finesse.
My friend and I took 1G and 1H, the frontmost seats were a lot more comfortable. One notable thing was that this business class cabin didn’t have any unfair advantages, even if you’re seated in front.
Waiting for me was a slightly fluffy pillow and alightblanket. As mentioned, these seats can only get to a certain angle. It becomesa bed, not necessarily a ‘flat’ bed, though.
For most people, this can be a burden, however, I wasn’t affected.
Business-class seats had a 15.4-inch IFE screen that was a good distance away from the seat itself. It had a good selection of movies and tv shows.
By the seat console, the handheld IFE remote can be found.
You’re given the option to watch through the IFE screen, or on your mini screen on the remote.
Right in front of the seats are individual storage binswhich were relatively large, A carry-on bag would fit in it quite easily. Therewas also the menu and pamphlets right beside it.
The storage bin doubles as a footrest, too. Unfortunately, they can’t be sat on, so passengers can’t eat face-to-face unlike other Business and First class products.
What Philippine Airlines provides is usually a coin flip. Thereare some flights wherein the service is excellent and world-class, includingthe meals provided, on the other hand, there are those flights where inexperienceof the crew really shows—leading to subpar experiences.
This particular flight was on the good side of the coin.
The service was immaculate. I could see and feel the experienceof the flight attendant, though he could have done so with a bigger smile onhis face.
The meal, although sloppily plated, was still decent. My plate was pretty much overflowing with food, which was a good thing since all of them tasted good.
The Philippine Airlines’ Business Class Product is, as I’vesaid, a coinflip—particularly in International routes. This time, I got one ofthe better planes.
However, my trip started out poorly, one part because of mychoice of lounges, and another, because of how disappointing the Mabuhay Loungein SFO was. For a 4-star airline, their lounges are but a sorry contrast totheir steadily improving flight experience.
The seats were very comfortable, even for an angled flatbed.The crew was also well experienced and very courteous. They knew what to do andhow to do it right.
That being said, flying Business class would lead one tobelieve that their food would at least be presented nicely, no matter howdelicious it may be. In this case, Philippine Airlines presented a nice dinnerin a bad way. But hey, it was tasty, my stomach was full, so I have minimalcomplaints.
Philippine Airlines’ Business class can be likened to a bagof mixed nuts. You don’t always get the best, but when you get it, It feels verygood.
One of ten Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently in the main Philippine Airlines fleet, RP-C7781 has been in the skies since late 2017. We photographed this B77W on March 10, 2018 while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
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RP-C7781 performed its first flight on December 1, 2017 and was delivered to Philippine Airlines on December 14, 2017. This Boeing 777-3F6ER is one of ten in the fleet and currently is the largest aircraft flying with the airline. This Boeing 777-300ER is configured for a maximum total of 370 passengers with 42 seats in business class and 328 economy class seats.
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The Boeing 777-300ER was first delivered to launch customer Air France in 2004, nearly a decade after the initial 777 variant was introduced with United Airlines in 1995. The ER is for ‘extended range’ and this aircraft can fly a lofty 13,650 kilometres between stops.
The B77W is 74 metres or 242 feet in length with a wingspan of 65 metres or 213 feet. At the tail, the airliner is 19 metres or 61 feet in height. Though not the most glamorous of the big airplanes, the Boeing 777-300ER is longer than both the Boeing 747-400 (by 10 feet) and Airbus A380-800 (by 3 feet).
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Philippine Airlines was founded as Philippine Aerial Taxi Company in 1935 and commenced operations under its current name on March 15, 1941. The airline is headquartered at the PNB Financial Center in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines.
The airline has a main fleet of nearly 70 aircraft and close to 100 when subsidiaries are added in. These aircraft fly to close to 70 destinations around the world. That number increases to over 100 when subsidiaries are added in.
The largest in the fleet is the Boeing 777-300ER. The most numerous is the Airbus A321-200. Philippine Airlines flew Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets until 2014.