It may be the oldest airline in Asia, but that doesn't mean any of the features are lacking. Find out what it's like to fly Business Class on Philippine Airlines Airbus 321-200 Neo.
Check-in is efficient and seamless. Business guests have dedicated check-in and boarding, and access to the Qantas Business Lounge. During peak time for BNE departures, we whizzed through security and immigration in minutes, allowing plenty of time to browse the new Lotte Duty Free store. Don’t miss the 100 bottle whisky tasting bar on the way through– ask resident expert Shane for a taste of the Christmas Cake Whisky.
Stepping onto a single aisle aircraft for a long-haul flight is a new experience for many international travellers, however the configuration of the Business cabin featuring 12 spacious seats in a 2 x 2 layout provides for full flat beds, privacy screens and a double window vista for each double seat-pod. The upholstered seats are quite soft, cosy and comfortable. There are plenty of nooks and shelves for storage, and UBS charging ports. Passengers receive a pillow and blanket and smart navy blue leatherette pouch with fuzzy socks, green mandarin lotion, lip balm and delicious and light citrus eau de toilette by Acca Kappa.
A pre-flight tipple of French Champagne, sparkling water or orange juice is served and in the air a zingy little appetiser of duck breast with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto on mini toast, and goat’s cheese with walnut and pear are a prelude to the lunch menu which offers three courses with Western, Filipino or Asian options.
On our flight choices included honey rubbed chicken breast on a bed of green mango salad as a starter, followed by pan fried barramundi in sweet and sour sauce, beef brisket in red wine sauce or twice-cooked pork belly with oriental sauce and egg fried rice which was tender, full of flavour and delicious.
Desserts included a walnut coffee gateau with chocolate crème anglaise, a small cheese platter or a tub of Serendipity salted caramel ice-cream, which topped off my meal nicely. A snack is offered closer to landing with a choice of turkey sandwich or antipasto plate, served with fresh fruit and a bread roll. The drinks menu includes Louis De Stacy Grand Cru French Champagne (fresh, crisp and fruity), as well as wines from France, US and South Australia, cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, tea and coffee.
There’s a 15.5 inch screen to tune into a selection of 148 movies, including a small selection of new releases, 120 TV shows, or music tracks. Headphones are supplied but they are not noise cancelling and the smart touch TV controller can be a little sensitive. Business passengers get a massive 100MB free WiFi (30MB in economy) which was very reliable on our flight.
The service was flawless. The multi-lingual crew were very attentive and strive to personalise the journey.