Written by Mond Ortiz
In my last meeting with Philippine Airlines President and COO Jaime J. Bautista, we did talk about the airline's goal and direction of becoming a 5-star airline. Though he did mention that becoming a 5-star carrier is indeed a very big challenge, it is very much possible for as long as forward steps are undertaken everyday, be it big or miniscule. It looks like everything is slowly paying off!
Air Asia, PAL Express, and Cebu Pacific Makes the Rankings at the Low Cost Category of Skytrax World Airline Awards
In the recent 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards at the low-cost airline category, Air Asia was named as the World's Best Low Cost Airline while PAL Express was ranked #13! Though Air Asia's main headquarters are in Malaysia, it also has a subsidiary in the Philippines which is known as Philippines Air Asia. On the other hand, PAL Express was the former AirPhil Express being operated by Air Philippines.
Incoming flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport experienced delays of 2 hours and beyond due to a red alert lightning warning last Sunday, June 9. A red alert lightning warning means lightning is prevailent in the area which poses great danger to the passengers and personel working at the ramp area during those moments. Ground movement for ramp personel were temporarily suspended due to the danger of lightning which may strike them.
We just find it strange how people complain about better services, flight delays, and anything they can complain of under the sun but the very same do not know how to follow simple instructions and rules. Moreso, they remain defiant! This is a picture from Francis Arjonillo of the PPSG or Philippine Plane Spotters Group. Seen here are passengers standing up to get their luggage and quickly line-up for the door while the fasten seatbelt signs are on.
In an overwhelming 'yes' vote, Cebu Pacific regular cabin crew members establishes the Juan Wing Association of the Philippines (JWAP) after its elections last April 1 to 5. Out of 1,135 votes cast, a resounding 1,124 voted for YES to form the union, 3 voted for NO, and 8 were spoiled ballots. Both the elections and counting were witnessed and overseen by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Just like the normal corporate world, flight attendants in the Philippines will no longer be required to wear their uniforms on Fridays and they may choose to fly in civilian clothes during their flights or even on reserve duty. The Philippines civil aviation authority have relayed to all Philippine based airlines to allow flight attendants to go in decent looking civilian wear provided their still wear their wing nameplates.
Flight attendants in the Philippines will soon be playing another role, and that is the role of being a pilot. The Philippine Civil Aviation Authority now requires airlines to train flight attendants to know how to land an airplane in the event that one pilot is incapacitated during mid flight. They will be tasked to assist the remaining pilot in landing the aircraft during an emergency.
In another survey by the world's most popular airline ratings and ranking company, Skytrax, Philippine Airlines made it to the list of 30 World's Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness of 2018! This represents standards and quality of cleanliness of an airline's aircraft cabin. Passengers are made to vote based on cleanliness and presentation of seat areas, tables, carpets, panels, and lavatories
Just today, Airbus posted a picture on it's Facebook page showing a man painting "Love Bus" on an A350! The caption even said "WOWW! We're working on a special livery for one of our longest-standing customers! Can you guess who? It's an #A350! Watch this space! #LongRangeLeader". As far as we can recall and based on our research, there is only one airline who had a yellow "The Love Bus" as its livery in the past, and that's no less than Philippine Airlines.
The year 2018 was indeed a great year for Philippine Airlines, a year packed with major awards and recognitions. Indeed, all their hard work and we are sure, sleepless nights, are now paying off. Just this year, the airline received a total of six major awards and recognitions, a true testament that they are indeed going for a 5th star rating and to enter into the list of the world's 10 best airlines!
Cebu Pacific Flight Steward Carries a Passenger's Crying Grandson while Serving Other Passengers at the Same Time
"Kung gusto, may paraan." This saying holds very true for all cabin crew who really do want to extend help to their passengers. Just yesterday, a passenger named Jumaya Guibar posted photos on her Facebook page of a Cebu Pacific flight steward who indeed went out his way to help his passengers and their crying boy. The steward, who we still need to identify, offered his assistance to the grandparent of the crying child by carrying the boy around while serving other passengers at the same time.
Sexual Harassment on Flight Attendants, a Major Concern Our Airlines and Aviation Authorities Have to Address Immediately
Just lately, a CebGo flight attendant was sexually harassed by three passengers on board their flight from Legaspi City to Manila. This post became viral wherein even other flight attendants from different local airline salso shared that they have had their of sexual harassments from passengers while on duty. This act from certain passengers on board the aircraft have become rampant already that we feel it should already be a major concern for our local airlines.
A flight attendant recently fell victim to sexual harassment moves from male passengers on board a CebGo flight from Legaspi to Manila DG1694 last November 27, 2018. A fellow passenger by the name of Laissa Marquez reported the incident on her social media page stating that passengers seated on seats 6D, 6A, and 6B were trying to make a pass on the flight attendant who was simply doing her job of taking care of their needs while on board.
All the hard work are indeed paying off! Philippine Airlines once again bags another award and this time, as the 2019 World's Most Improved Airline at the Airline Excellence awards by Airlineratings.com! From the time Jaime J. Bautista retook control of PAL in 2015, the airline embarked on a journey and goal to become a 5-star airline by 2020 and with that vision came major improvements from inflight services to fleet and even to systems.
Philippine Airlines just made history once again last October 30 after it flew it's very first direct Manila to New York flight. With that, PR126 is not only the longest straight flight from Manila in history, it is also the 8th longest flight in the world! Utilizing an Airbus A350-900, the flight took 14 hours and 51 seconds which took off from Manila at 2042H Manila time and landed in JFK International Airport, New York, at 2333H New York time.
Philippine Airlines is set to make history again as it is set to launch it's non-stop Manila to New York flight utilizing it's newest fleet of Airbus A350-900. This means that passengers now have an option of flying straight to New York from Manila without having to make a stop-over in Vancouver. PR126 is set to launch on October 30 at 10:10pm. The flying time may take 15 up to 17:30 hours depending on the route.
With the rise of fuel prices accompanied with high maintenance costs, Philippine Airlines flew it's last Airbus A340 flight just last September. Based on a report from Centre for Aviation (CAPA), Philippine Airlines was also the last Asian airline to retire their A340 after having them for 22 years. From 1996 to present, PAL operated a total of 14 A340s consisting of 10 A340-300 and 4 A340-200.
Before we go to the main article, we just want to share this picture we had with Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime "Jimmy" Bautista, taken when we paid him a courtesy visit in his office. During our visit where we exchanged pleasantries, we shared a lot about the working relations between Philippine Airlines particularly their cabin crew and Flyhigh Manila.
Cebu Pacific recently achieved a 7-star safety rating from AirlineRatings.com, the world's only airline safety and product rating agency. This is also the highest ranking for safety. The agency bases it's ratings on the IOSA, if the airline is not on the EU blacklist, if they are endorsed by the FAA, if they meet all 8 ICAO safety parameters, and if they have maintained a fatality free record for the past 10 years.
Another victory goes out to the Heart of the Filipino as Philippine Airlines earned another 4-star rating, this time, from the New York based Airline Passenger Experience Association in an awarding ceremony last September 24 at Boston, USA. Just last February, Philippine Airlines was also rated 4-stars by the London-based global airline rating company, Skytrax!