Review of Philippine Airlines flight Davao City Manila in Premium Eco

Airline Philippine Airlines
Flight PR2808
Class Premium Eco
Seat 21C
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:55
Take-off 16 Oct 22, 04:45
Arrival at 16 Oct 22, 06:40
PR 37 reviews
AFGK1
By 351
Published on 27th November 2022

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Routing


Hello there! It's been a while since I have not posted on this platform. A lot has definitely changed! I have quite a few backlogs from my recent trips that I would like to post, but for now I'd like to start with one of my recent life changes when I moved to Tokyo to pursue my university degree. It's definitely a first to live away from home, but I think I am adjusting quite well. Anyways, this one-way trip report will cover two flights, this first of which will be a relatively uneventful flight on Philippine Airlines flight PR 2808 bound for the capital on Premium Economy class.


background


Though I received my notice of acceptance from my university months before I departed for Tokyo, there were definitely a lot of doubts. However, after some soul searching and a well-needed trip to America (will write on this after this chapter is finished!) I made up my mind. While I was all set however, the student visa process took pretty long from obtaining the certificate of eligibility to actually applying for the visa. Because of this, I was only able to get my ticket a week before I'm supposed to leave. Let's just say the prices were definitely steeper than what could have been if I booked earlier. However, I did have a student discount when I bought the ticket. At that time, I bought an Economy Flexible ticket. However, I tried my hand at upgrading through MyPAL upgrade. For this leg, it took me around $20 to upgrade to Comfort Class, which was the recent rebranding of PAL's domestic premium economy product. Since this flight utilized the monoclass A320, an upgrade to Business was non-existent, though it was fine considering the flight's short length. Anyways, this upgrade is reasonable to me considering the extremely low price not only because of the service, but also because you get to disembark first. I'll explain more in the next section.


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As for the flight's routing, I had two options: I could either take the flight to Narita with a long layover (around eight hours if I am not mistaken), or I could arrive at Haneda with a one-hour layover. Though I wouldn't mind staying at the airport (though many would especially in Manila), I ended up choosing Haneda considering its distance to my soon-to-be residence. Thus, with the limited time I have, I realized that upgrading would be more than logical. I also bid (and was successfully upgraded) to Business Class in the next leg, but that will be a story for another time.


DEPARTURE


After celebrating my sibling's birthday the other day, I had to wake up at an ungodly hour of one in the morning to get to the airport. Of course, traveling is always fun for an avgeek, but this is a bittersweet moment as it meant going away long-term for the first time. After saying my goodbyes the porter hauled my bags to the check-in area. I apologize for this blurred photo, it may have been me being dazed from being emotional. I know, I know, I've been here in the community for a few years now but I still cannot take good photos. I'm trying though!


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Anyways, I arrived very early at around two in the morning and check-in will not begin until thirty minutes later. I fell in line at the economy counter, there wasn't any difference anyways since I'm the first to check-in. The process was quick and easy considering it's the first flight of the day. I dropped my bags and went up to go through security. There were virtually no queues despite there being only two security lines in the whole airport.


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The entire pre-departure area was pretty much uneventful during the early morning. Only one of the two stores in the pre-departure area was open, but I did not feel like having breakfast yet so I waited at the gate for an hour or so.



DEPARTURE


At around 4:15 AM, it was finally time to board the plane. As mentioned, today's plane was a mono-class A320 that was inherited from AirPhil Express (now PAL Express).  This plane is approximately 10-12 years old, and you can already tell that it has signs of wear and tear. The plane still smelled nice though, I'm not sure how planes maintain their new plane scent over the years.


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Since this plane was from the days of Airphil Express, all seats were of the same color, and there was no difference between the comfort class and the economy class seats save for a reserved sign on the headpiece. Since this was an aircraft from Airphil Express, there was not a single form of IFE to be found on this aircraft, even overhead screens. I guess this is fine considering the aircraft is meant for domestic hops.


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Legroom was decent on this aircraft. I was initially seated on the port side of the aircraft, though I was asked if I would be more comfortable to take a starboard seat since passengers were still boarding. 


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Soon enough, it was time to depart my hometown of nearly two decades. I can feel the despair yet the excitement of living somewhere new.


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During cruising altitude, a flight attendant asked me for my choice between a ham and cheese sandwich or a longanisa (Filipino sausage) sandwich. She brought both choices on a tray, from which I chose the latter.  I was surprised to see that catering was done from Davao and not Manila, but it was still good nonetheless. I was also asked for my drink of choice between coffee, tea, and coke/coke light, together with a bottle of water. None of the hot options interested me, so I took the coke light even if it was early in the morning. The choices are definitely a step up from economy where you receive a pack of cookies and a choice between coffee, tea, or water. For some, it may be enough as a snack, though some (including myself)  might see it on the lighter side (even North American legacy carriers offer a wide array of drinks, and PAL also used to serve heavier fare like bread rolls and sandwiches), though I digress.


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The rest of the flight was uneventful and we arrived in Manila as scheduled. You can pretty much see concrete jungles, but I wasn't going to be here for too long anyways.



We soon landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 6:30 in the morning.


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Saying goodbye to my aircraft!


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Passing through baggage claim- no, we don't have to claim any this time around. It's a mad dash to the international departures. Before that however, I went through the transfer desk. Since terminal two's international and domestic wings are separated, you would have to go outside to get from one to another, and thus you need to go through the general security check (this is different from the second and more thorough main security check) before getting inside the terminal. Because of this, I find the layout slightly annoying and confusing, but it was not that much of an inconvenience.


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Anyways, that's it for the first leg of my relocation flight! Thank you for accompanying me in my first report in a very long time. Please stay tuned for the second leg of the report!

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Verdict

Philippine Airlines

6.8/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi4.0
Meal/catering8.5

Davao City - DVO

6.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.5

Manila - MNL

6.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness5.5

Conclusion

This flight onboard PR 2808 was relatively uneventful, which is usually the norm for domestic flights. While the plane showed signs of wear and tear, the service was still warm and great. It was a pleasant flight overall. See you on the next leg!

Information on the route Davao City (DVO) Manila (MNL)

5 Comments

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  • Comment 616368 by
    Pilpintu TEAM BRONZE 890 Comments

    a longanisa (Filipino sausage) sandwich

    I can NOT believe it!!! I am 51 years old and I ALWAYS thought that longaniza was a VERY Chilean kind of sausage!! And now you come and burst my bubble!! hahaha But now I'm bursting yours - According to Wikipedia, longaniza is not a Filipino (or Chilean) sausage, but a Spanish invention that now is popular in the cuisines of almost every country in America, even the US and the Caribbean! So Pilpintu and AFGK1 have longanizas in common! Go figure!! Ahh, the motherland. Unbearable like most mothers, but she still leaves her mark on their children, no matter where in the world they are. hahah

    I received my notice of acceptance from my university

    Congrats on that!!

    I can feel the despair yet the excitement of living somewhere new.

    Awww... you remind me of my younger self. Worry not. It will be an exciting experience.

    Thanks for sharing this report, AFGK1! Best wishes for your university studies! Take care!

    Fernando here

    • Comment 616397 by
      AFGK1 AUTHOR 44 Comments

      Hi Fernando! It's nice to hear from you!

      But now I'm bursting yours - According to Wikipedia, longaniza is not a Filipino (or Chilean) sausage, but a Spanish invention that now is popular in the cuisines of almost every country in America, even the US and the Caribbean!

      I stand corrected then! Longaniza is definitely a byproduct of Spanish colonization! I find it interesting how different countries have their own form of longaniza. I guess it's similar to chorizo as well. The longaniza and chorizo here in our country is sweet though (much like everything else here).

      Congrats on that!!

      Awww... you remind me of my younger self. Worry not. It will be an exciting experience.

      Thank you so much! I well appreciate it! Take care as well!

  • Comment 616379 by
    NGO85 GOLD 1871 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this domestic flight on PR! Based on the amenities in MNL and the easier access from HND, definitely a good decision on the flights.

    For this leg, it took me around $20 to upgrade to Comfort Class

    Based on the extra legroom, priority boarding, and snack offering, it looks a very good deal. US carriers will try to extort upwards of $150 for just extra legroom as a comparison...

    As you said, this A320 is definitely looking rough around the edges in the cabin, that bulkhead could do with some touch-ups. It's good to hear that the service was good and the catering while might seem underwhelming for "Asian carrier standards" is not that different from what is seen on domestic flights in Japan in the equivalent class. Is the Comfort Class sandwiches offered as BOB in the Y cabin?

    Having lived in Japan for almost 3 years, I can understand your apprehension with the change, but best of luck with your university studies!

    • Comment 616400 by
      AFGK1 AUTHOR 44 Comments

      Hi NGO85! Thank you for your comments and well wishes! I highly appreciate it.

      Based on the amenities in MNL and the easier access from HND, definitely a good decision on the flights.

      In hindsight, I realize that waiting for eight hours in MNL is somewhat excruciating considering Manila (even if I would not go out of the terminal) . I'd definitely book the same way again in the future.

      US carriers will try to extort upwards of $150 for just extra legroom as a comparison..

      Yeah, I don't even know how this is justified! If I paid for premium economy I'd expect something more than just extra legroom, but that's just me I guess.

      It's good to hear that the service was good and the catering while might seem underwhelming for "Asian carrier standards" is not that different from what is seen on domestic flights in Japan in the equivalent class.

      I agree, it isn't too bad for a domestic flight. Though comparable, I'd take a choice of drink as Japanese Airlines offer over water and a pack of biscuits, but again that's just me.

      Is the Comfort Class sandwiches offered as BOB in the Y cabin?

      They don't offer it as BOB, but they do have a deli upgrade as a pre-check-in offer. They look much more upscale than the comfort class sandwiches and cost around six dollars. I couldn't insert pictures but here's the link if you're curious: https://www.philippineairlines.com/travel-extras/mypal-flavors. They even offered this as a domestic business class meal during the pandemic. It's definitely an upgrade over the crackers/cookies that they offer.

      Thank you so much once again for reading and for commenting!

  • Comment 616541 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6051 Comments

    Nice to see a review in PAL domestic W. $20 is definitely a good value. A blocked middle seat in W would be nice on these planes that don't have a J cabin, but nonetheless for $20 a good deal considering the meal and extra legroom, whereas US carriers charge much more just for extra legroom.

    Thanks for sharing!

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