Hong Kong to Manila PR307 Flight Review

Today I flew from Hong Kong to Manila where I will be staying tonight before continuing to Busuanga. My flight was on a Philippine Airlines A321 and was 1 hour 45 minutes. I was located in seat 44K.

I got to gate 26 and awaited boarding, while I was waiting I managed to capture a new airline to Hong Kong, Loongair pushing back. I believe it is an A319.

I also found a HK Express A320neo parked up across from our aircraft.

I then lined up to board with a view of the plane taking me to Manila.

Once on board I was sat on the right side of the plane, I managed to get a shot of the beautiful Emirates A380 parked further along in the Expo livery.

Boarding took around 20 minutes and was extremely efficient, once we were boarded and doors closed it was an immediate pushback and back on 6:55 PM, the scheduled time, we were lined up on the runway waiting. Once in the air the stewardesses quickly brought round a meal, which for a cheaper option compared to Cathay, with only an actual flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, I was very impressed. The options were Chicken Pasta or Sweet & Sour Fish with Rice. By the time they got to me they had run out of Chicken Pasta but that was fine as I would have chosen the Fish anyway. It came with a small packet of dried mango, a bottle of water and I got a glass of red wine.

They then walked round with a big rubbish bag and asked everyone to just toss their rubbish in, this was no frills but honestly incredibly efficient so I preferred it this way. We then began our descent into Manila with views of the lights as we came down.

Once we landed it was incredibly efficient from the airport too, we walked through, showed our health declaration QR code, went through immigration, identified our bags to customs to continue to our flight tomorrow and left to get in the taxi queue all within 20 minutes. While the departures at Manila Airport are an absolute nightmare, it seems Terminal 2 has their arrival act together. We will get to find out tomorrow I guess.

Ratings

Seat Comfort: 3 out of 5
It was very average compared to airlines I have flown recently like TAP Air Portugal and Qatar Airways. But compared to Cathay Pacific who are now just cramming as many seats in as possible it is significantly better. Being someone who is 6’4 I struggle to find seats where I am super comfortable but this was definitely average if not slightly above.

Food: 4 out of 5
While it would have been nice to have a choice, I still got what I would have chosen anyway. The food was good, lots of taste, the only reason it is not a 5 is because the wine was very very bad and the inability to choose.

Staff Service: 5 out of 5
All of the staff greeted you with a big and wide smile, were very helpful and gave the people next to me 3 drinks each.

Efficiency: 5 out of 5
This is the first time I have ever seen a flight actually starting to move down the runway at the exact time printed on the ticket for departure. Normally that is pushback time. I am also amazed how quick and easy the stewardesses made it to get on and off the plane, down to customs and out the door, just astounding!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
I would love to give this a full 5 but given the seat was only average and the poor wine choice, I just could not give it. Let’s see if tomorrows flight on the Dash-8 can achieve a 5!

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Nice review and good pictures! The Asian airlines in general I find are extremely efficient (most of the time - I can recall one experience with Cathay Pacific where the exact opposite was the case).

Have a great rest of your day!
~ Ben

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Agreed, living in Hong Kong I have flown my fair share of Asian airlines, I have to say they are all very efficient, Cathay Pacific is really the only one that has let me down in Asia. Malaysian did once but it was because of a typhoon so can’t be helped. And thank you!

I’m glad to see you have a great experience with Philippine airlines. In general they are pretty good but lately they seem to be falling short of expectations. Had my flight delayed from CGY-MNL by over 4 hours, causing me to miss my connection MNL-LAX. They made me wait 2 weeks before actually giving me a new flight and was just a terrible experience in my opinion.

I really do hope that they are back to a 4 star airline, which from your experience makes it seem so.

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Ouch! Thats rough!

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Enjoy it while it lasts…

Cool review, very rational and from a similar viewpoint of what I look at. I would love a review of your flight tomorrow as well!

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I have actually flown them before and it was decent then as well from memory, I flew from Hong Kong to Manila and then connected from Manila to Dumaguete and that was decent too! But that was many many years ago.

I know, Cathay are ruining the HK Express brand, very sad to see. I actually love the old livery. But I really like that Loongair livery, never seen them in Hong Kong before! And thank you, I tried to hit the important points so that other can make an informed decision if ever in Philippines. I will be sure to review this mornings flight too!

Great trip report @BP-Aviation! I hope I can come back to HK sometime!

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Thank you! Hong Kong is finally opening up so a visit is more worth it now than it was before for sure!

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Nice! I really hope Cathay restarts routes to Adelaide since Adelaide is the odd one out on Cathay Aussie destinations… yk what I mean?

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Yeah, I think Adelaide is the only one they are not running again yet. Hopefully soon, Qantas have announced they will start from Sydney and Brisbane again.

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