Boeing 777 Philippine Airlines
- Philippine Airlines is the only Philippine carrier to offer business class on domestic flights. On medium-haul and long-haul flights, Philippine Airlines provide amenity kits from L’Occitane en Provence. Boeing 777–300ER, feature angled-flat seats manufactured by Recaro. It is arranged in 2–3–2 configuration.
- PAL Operating Fleet Boeing 777–300ER Airbus A350–900 Airbus A330–300 (309-seater).
- At the request by the Filipino papercraft modeler Papercraft Nony I repainted the Boeing 777–300ER parts in 1:120 scale in the Philippine Airlines livery. He is a 4th Year Highschooler who has immense passion for aviation and dreams to be the one who actually design real aircrafts.
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!
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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.
Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 Seats
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.
It has been around 8 years since Philippine Airlines obtained its very first Boeing 777–300ER which marked the beginning of the carrier’s modernization where widebodies were concerned. While most airlines were already looking at fully flat seats and challenging what was then being offered in First Class and tailoring those for Business Class, the 777–300ER marked PAL’s first foray into the angle-flat seats. While by no means at the cutting edge; at the very least, it marked a slow transition out of the bulky and archaic recliner seats that the airline offered for the entirety of its Business Class products up until that point in time.
I have always wanted to try Philippine Airlines’ interpretation of the B777–300ER, having had great memories of the aircraft with Emirates and Qatar Airways. On a recent flight from Manila to Tokyo (Haneda), I finally had that chance.
I was in MNL for an early morning transfer for my flight to HND — having taken the same airline from SIN earlier that day. My layover was around 4 hours so I stayed at the Mabuhay Lounge at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, the only airport lounge in that terminal, while waiting for the flight (review of the lounge to come in a separate post).
As fate would have it, the aircraft being utilized for my flight that morning to Haneda was RP-C7777. This is the very first B777–300ER that Philippine Airlines got and was delivered back in 2009. I still remembered the excitement within the Filipino aviation community when this plane was delivered. It was supposed to be used for the airlines’ expansion into the United States which at that time was hindered by sanctions within the American regulatory body. The US sanctions were lifted only a couple of years later so these 777–300ER’s initially served some Australian routes and even Hong Kong. Today, these birds are serving its originally purpose — mainly for flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York and some Asian destinations such as Tokyo.
Business Class in the 777–300ER consists of 42 seats within two cabins and a 2–3–2 configuration. There are 28 seats in the forward cabin and 14 seats in the rear. I personally prefer the intimacy of smaller cabins and chose 6H in the rear Business Class cabin as my seat for the flight. Upon seeing my boarding pass, the crew realized that I was the only passenger in the mini cabin that day. A few crew members came by and encouraged me to change my seat to an empty one in the main Business Class cabin. I didn’t budge.
front cabin for business class
The Business Class seats have a seat pitch of 78 inches, width of 20 inches and recline of 165 degrees which is not too shabby. The layout of the seats vis-a-vis the screen reminds me a bit of Turkish Airlines‘ B777–300ER except that the latter has true flat-bed seats plus a couple more storage space.
Dice car dealer. welcome drinks
I was offered welcome drinks upon taking my seat, a selection of fresh orange juice and lemonade. I was a bit disappointed they didn’t have the mango smoothie, my all-time favorite drink on a plane which I remembered from their past flights. Seeing that I was alone in the mini-cabin, the crew member suggested I help myself to two glasses of the welcome drink to which I gladly obliged.
Afterwards, another flight attendant came by to hand me the menu. I know that Philippine Airlines serves Japanese food for its flights to and from Japan and I was looking forward to try that.
The drinks list was also pretty decent, with Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve champagne, similar to what Singapore Airlines uses for Business Class flights.
Seat controls were pretty easy to figure out and under the center armrest there is a flap which can be opened to reveal power outlets as well as USB ports.
As of this writing, the Boeing 777–300ER is the only aircraft type of Philippine Airlines that comes with personal entertainment screens (even in Economy Class). PAL had embarked on a semi-budget carrier binge in the early 2010’s and some of the newer aircraft like the A321 or even the A330’s that were acquired earlier in the decade don’t come with any personal entertainment screens even in Business Class and they’ve resorted to a mobile-oriented entertainment system transmitted over Wifi instead. But I digress.
In the 777–300ER, you can switch channels and programmes by using the controller or by using the touchscreen. The controller in my seat didn’t work unfortunately so I had to use the touchscreen which wasn’t a big deal. While you won’t expect thousands of programmes to choose from, the entertainment selection was pretty decent with dozens of new releases as well as an eclectic song library.
Boeing 777–300er Philippine Airlines Business Class
Shortly after the plane took off, the crew started serving the meals. I chose the Japanese set and my lunch came in three courses.
First was a canape which is integrated with the Western meal option. It’s not particularly Japanese looking but hey, I’m not complaining.
Next came a bento box served to me with a variety of Japanese appetizers and dessert surrounding the main — Braised pork belly served with radish, carrots, chicharo and sukiyaki rice. Needless to say, it was delicious. One thing I have always loved about Philippine Airlines is the food which is good regardless of class.
philippine airlines b777–300er business class seat full recline
After lunch, it was time to use the oversized pillows and get some shut-eye. As mentioned previously, the seats are angle-flat and I set it out for the full recline. For a day time flight, the angle-flat seat was quite comfortable though I imagine the recline could require one to be of a certain minimum height in order not to keep slipping to the lower areas of the seat. If there’s any complaint, I wish they had better blankets though. I notice they use the same kind for both Business and Economy Class.
Coin spins coin master. I woke up a few minutes before the pilot made the announcement that the plane was going to land. I flipped through my phone and found Wifi to be available during this flight. Philippine Airlines offers 15mb of internet for free. Beyond that, it’s chargeable in terms of data usage. Speed was not particularly fast but it was sufficient to check out some websites and even the occasional Instagram feed.
Also check out my review of Philippine Airlines A330 Business Class
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the Business Class product on Philippine Airlines’ Boeing 777–3ooER. Food was excellent without the need to show over-the-top ingredients. Service was great and genuine. The seats are average but sufficient for a mid-priced premium product. While this is still Philippine Airlines’ flagship Business Class offering for now, I am excited to try one of the new A330s later in the year.