Philippine Airlines A350 BUSINESS CLASS 16+ Hours – Manila to New York

Philippine Airlines A350 BUSINESS CLASS 16+ Hours – Manila to New York


Hello fellow Travellers! I’m Jeb Brooks from GreenerGrass.com. Right now I’m in Manila. It’s time to head back to the States. I polled the subscribers to this channel fairly
recently and I asked for suggestions on the best way to get back from Guam. The overwhelming majority of you said I should
try Philippine Airlines’ new service to JFK. I think it’s like the eighth or ninth longest
flight in the world. Although I’m sure it won’t hold that status
for long the way long-haul travel is working out these days! But the service is on an A350. I can’t wait! I’m super fortunate because I’m flying in
Business Class and if the hospitality is half as nice in the air as it’s been here on the
ground in Manila, this is going to be an epic journey. It’s about time to head to the airport. I hope you’ll join me for what promises to
be a pretty special flight. Let’s head over there! My brief time in Manila left me with warm
feelings for the people of the Philippines. Everyone I encountered was kind, friendly,
and genuinely made me feel welcomed. This terminal was massively crowded. Fortunately, there was a separate check-in
for Business Class. Everybody’s so nice! Everybody’s just so nice here! I had access to the PAGSS lounge, which to
be honest left a lot to be desired. It was crowded, not very clean, and did not
offer much in the way of food. There were great views of the ramp! Albeit through dirty windows. The lounge had a very nice collection of models
from airlines that serve Manila. If you like travel and airplanes, please click
the subscribe button and ring that bell so you can be among the first to see when I post
a new video. Boarding was a bit chaotic and confusing. We were sent to one gate only to be shuffled
along to another. It was crowded and disorganized. But all of that melted away at the site of
this beautiful bird. I’m a tremendous fan of the Airbus A350
having flown with Delta and Malaysia and Singapore in theirs and I’m excited to add a new carrier
to my list! And here’s my seat 8K. It’s incredibly well designed. Passengers arrive to find a pillow and a very
nice blanket. There’s plenty of storage — an essential
component of any ultra long haul seat. And if you’re traveling solo, I’d recommend
trying to get an odd numbered window seat because they’re a bit more private. Unfortunately, I had to make a last-minute
change to head home earlier than I’d planned, so all of those seats were taken. Anyway, there’s easy access to a universal
plug, headphone jack and a remote control for the Inflight Entertainment that’s really
unnecessary because the screen is so responsive. There’s also a light and sufficient seat
adjustments. You’ll find even more controls down here,
easily accessible from the lay flat position. The seat even has a coat hook! We’ll take a look at that massive screen
in just a bit. Here’s the reason those odd numbered seats
are better. Being this close to the aisle makes you feel
a bit exposed – especially when laying flat. But legroom sure isn’t a problem here! Philippine Airlines really takes advantage
of the great mood lighting from Airbus. Philippine Airlines’ Inflight Entertainment
is fantastic. And it really has to be given the fact they’re
flying one of the ten longest flights on the planet. There are plenty of choices to suit all tastes
and – crucially – there are some great moving map features. We’ll see some more throughout the flight. The tray table is large enough to eat on or
work, but not both at the same time. Subscribers will not find it surprising to
learn I preferred my own Bose noise cancelling headphones to the ones provided by the airline. They’re just not of the greatest quality. Slippers are provided, but unlike Garuda’s
First Class, there was no “Slipper Service.” I had to “slum it” by putting them on
myself! I’m only kidding! But that was a special flight. Have you seen that video? I’ll link it here. The amenity kit includes the basic amenities
for a flight like this. It’s worth highlighting, thanks to a movable
armrest, the seat also allows you to get out even while you’re eating. The food was, for the most part, really good. Absolutely no complaints from me about this
menu! A little more than two hours after take-off,
it was time for me try out the fully flat bed. I never forget how unbelievably fortunate
I am to get to have experiences like this. Not only do I have the chance to see so much
of the world and meet so many wonderful people, I sometimes get to travel in the lap of luxury. I’m incredibly grateful. Now, I had a great nap thanks in large part
to the A350’s innovative design. The cabin is pressurized to 6,000 feet, as
much as 2,000 feet lower than other airplanes. And the humidity is 5% higher. These two factors mean a great sleep! And what better to wake up than with Burger? I also figured it was a good time to take
a walk around the aircraft. According to Seat Guru, Philippine Airlines
offers 241 Economy Seats laid out in a three, three, three configuration. There are 24 Premium Economy Seats in a two,
four, two configuration. And 30 flat bed Business Class seats in a
one, two, one configuration. If you’re traveling as a couple in Business
Class, I’d recommend the middle seats, which are easy to get in and out of and feel extremely
private. This crew is incredible. Honestly, some of the best service I’ve ever
experienced on any airline. They’re awesome! I can’t wait to – they’ve inspired me to want
to fly Philippine Airlines again very soon. I don’t ordinarily film the bathrooms on
planes. Instead, I just want to get in and out as
quickly as possible. But this one’s worth highlighting for two
reasons. First, it was clean throughout this long flight
thanks – again – to the crew. Second, the light dimmed as the door opened,
minimizing the annoyance to passengers seated nearby. A very nice, simple feature. There was time for one more meal before beginning
our approach and sharing my “JebScore” for this flight. Anchovies? Just not quite my “thing!” So, how did Philippine Airlines do? I rate my airline experiences in an admittedly
subjective way. I base it on five factors. So, let’s take a look. First, the lounge? Well, it was pretty bad. Not a great way to start the flight. Perhaps if we’d left from the newer terminal,
the experience would have been better. But, alas, it just wasn’t great. That’s two out of five stars. Second, the seat? It’s well-designed with great storage and,
if you can get an odd numbered window seat or you’re a couple in the middle, you’re
really in a cocoon of your own. This earns four out of five stars. The Inflight entertainment is simple, responsive,
and offers great choices. While it’s not as good as Emirates, it’s
still good and earns a solid four out of five stars. The food was flavorful and interesting. This was well-executed business class food. Five stars here. Finally, the crew. Wow! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a better one! Five stars all day long! So that earns Philippines Airlines a solid
twenty stars. Putting them alongside Lufthansa’s business
class and Delta’s older International business class cabin. But, what do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts about Philippine! I can’t wait to hear! If you liked this video, please click the
thumbs up button, leave a comment, let me know what you think. But, between now and the next time, See You
In The Sky!

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100 Comments

  1. Why was this crew so great? They anticipated passengers' needs and called us all by name. It's the little things that go a long way in my book! What do you look for in a great crew?

  2. I've flown Phlippine airlines a couple of times, both internationally and regional. Both times they offered outstanding service! Didn't know that the A350 also did long haul flights though 😀

  3. I have always flown PAL in my yearly vacay. Last 2010 We’ve flown JAL coz its C$100 cheaper each & I regretted it. First, we’ve only eaten once in a 9 hr flight & my dad was so hungry. Though we’re only flying economy but w/PAL, you don’t go hungry. Since then, only PAL fr YVR to MNL & back. Aside from the fact that its a straight flight.

  4. I agree, 100% better and cheaper than Delta… Deltaone from Manila to JFK is around 5 to 6000 USD… The service isn't good…

  5. fake. worst airline in the world. expensive and crappy service. many instances of arriving in my destination to only find out they had not loaded my luggage. WORST.

  6. Great video! Not surprised at the service you received. I've never flown PAL, but based on Filipinos that I have known, it could be nothing but exceptional. I like to tell people that I have never met a Filipino that I didn't like!! They are beautiful people, and I have no problem calling them friend!

  7. ive been fly with Philippine Airlines for the past 10 years and that is my fav airline! the safety, the food, the quality, the ambiance, the money, the services and most especially the staff are really great!!!

  8. It would've been better if you were able to depart from one of their newer terminals in Manila. The lounges aren't too good, but that's because the economy isn't as strong and can't afford really to go all out.

  9. Philippine airlines sucks…flight stewardess only gives good service to foreigners but to locals they are not helpful esp. with older Filipinos.

  10. ONE OF TH REASONS I FIND SIMPLY AVIATION BECAUSE THEY TRY ALL , ECONOMY BUSINESS FIRST ETC YOU ONLY TRY BUSINESS AND FIRST CLASS
    HATE YOU!!!!!!!!

  11. Awesome! I really loved it. Nice content featuring ( Philippine Airlines A350 BUSINESS CLASS 16+ Hours – Manila to New York). Thanks for sharing this video.

  12. that’s nice to know that philippine air has a direct from MNL to JFK even though i would need a connector back to ATL maybe that’s better than Deltas connection from ATL-ICN-MNL, when i originally went to asia that was my root, in ATL there’s plenty of staff that speak most every language, not the case in ICN, the anxiety begins with a person speaking broken english telling you to go down to next level and take a train then ect ect, and all the signs i could see were in korean, so you start thinking if i screw this up i could end up in north korea !!! haha everything turned out ok i averted ending up in north korea but i think next trip i’ll try MNL-JFK-ATL i doubt the food will be as good as Delta but it’s worth a try… FYI: the food on Air Asia is really good to be an economy airline but the down side is there hub is Malaysia and be ready for about 8 hours of lay over

  13. Reminiscing those days that they are one of the largest operator of The Queen of the Skies BOEING 747-200 and still keeping up with their BOEING 747-400's. I hope with our country soon to make a larger plane hub… The NEW MANILA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Philippine Airlines will soon acquire the BOEING 747-8 INTERCONTINENTAL & the BOEING 787 DREAMLINER.

  14. It has been awhile since I took PR, but decided to give them a try (TPE-MNL) and yeah, they did not disappoint. I know they have undergone some restructuring, with new aircraft purchases, cabin crew training and hiring, etc. But man, their friendly crew just makes it all worthwhile.

  15. I flew business class Manilla to New York. 2/19.
    Lounge was great. One of the better ones I've been in.
    Philippines Airlines closely rivals Emirates, losing to them by a hair.

  16. Reading those comments here makes me teary eyes. I was overwhelmed and proud to be a Filipino. I would like to thank you all for those good compliments that you said. Even I'm not the one who serve you during your flight, but to see others appreciate our little act of kindness and hospitality towards your journey, I feel so happy and my heart jump in joy because of those people who likes us Filipino. Thank you everyone for your comments. God bless you all.

  17. As a Filipino, it's our pleasure to see foreign individuals whom gave a good feedback in PAL though it's not the best airline and not as nice as the other bigger airlines in the world. PAL has the cabin crews that has a hospitality and kindness to serve every passenger on their flights and made them comfortable.😍💙

  18. I won't be surprised most foreigners have nice experiences with Philippine Airlines! Notice most guests here who had nice experiences are not Filipinos?! However, the sad thing is that there are many cases it's not the same level of treatment a fellow Filipino receives to 'their' own flag carrier. It happened to me travelling connecting flight from Italy (Milan) to Manila. First was Etihad to Abu Dhabi— good service then PAL from Abu Dhabi to Manila— the most uncaring and inconsiderate stewards and stewardes I ever have encountered in my life! First, we had an 8 month old baby. We were 3 adults and the baby. In Etihad they gave us 1 extra seat for her total of 4 seats. When we transfered to PAL we only got 3 seats with the baby seating on the lap of either one of us. There were many vacant seats at the back at that time and we are asking for a favor to the cabin crews if our group could just transfer and take a 4 seats from there so it would be easier for us due to the fact that my mother-in-law has a knee problem who was seating at the aisle side with me, my wife and the baby inside to the window. She just cannot stand up easily to let us pass going to the toilet once in a while. The staff just said 'they cannot let us use the vacant seat' which remained vacant until we reached Manila. What unfriendly cabin crews they were and very unaccommodating. There was no flight entertainment except the newspapers. The food wasn't great. I thought one of which was a chocolate mousse but it turned out to be a horrible tasting champorado. From there on I swear I will never ride a PAL again!

  19. My sister-in-law is from the PI and yes they are friendly warm welcoming fun-loving and just happy people best people in the world are from the PI!!!!

  20. With more airport being built in the Philippines .the largest in the world in bulacan..it will surely get 4 stars across the board…Mabuhay ..to Life👍👌✌🇵🇭👏😁

  21. Thank you for giving them a great rating. My dad is a retired pilot from PAL serve them for 40 years. And I do have a brother who is a flight attendant of PAL and has been there for almost 30 years. I’m happy to hear that you liked their service. Thank you again. ❤️

  22. Jeb: thank you SO much for your videos! Your excitement and enthusiasm cheers me immensely. I have been very ill for most of this year, and your videos allow me to travel with you vicariously, and help to distract me from my illness. It is my fondest hope that my doctors will be able to cure me eventually, and I will once again be able to take to the skies again, too. You make me very happy, and I’m so grateful! Keep flying, Jeb, and keeping me entertained! You are a godsend! PS: Jeb, you must have lumpai while you're in the PIs. It is so delicious!

  23. The PR lounge in NAIA terminal one is shared with other airlines and really is a bit poorly maintained. You should try the PR Mabuhay lounge on terminal 2 sometime in the future. It's the lounge of their own and is a lot better

  24. I flew from Cebu Philippines to LAX a few years ago on PAL made it in 11 hours I was on a 747 only 30 passengers put the arms up on 3 seats got pillows and blankets my original flight had been canceled because of problem with aircraft they put me in a hotel for a day and a half free food they also gave me a one way ticket to or from the philippines free I had lost my connecting flights from LAX they provided me with new tickets and gave me $20 for breakfast you can't beat PAL I fly them every chance I get, the reason only 30 of us this was a weekend special flight it was full coming back to philippines

  25. The three major airline alliance is not treating PAL nicely their snobby CEOs especially star alliance wouldn't even entertain the poor lone Philippine carrier and yet these three big alliances have recruited most of the major Asian carriers with open arms…shame on them

  26. Filipinos are serving people gratefully and well , no wonder they are in demand when it comes to manpower services worldwide ❤️

  27. I want to go one one of those amazing flights with you. I used to travel all the time. Only one did I do first class on good old Air Jamaica. I promise you it was the saw class service throughout the entire air bus. I love to travel how can I make one of these fabulous flights happen for me?

  28. They may be a good airline or a good crew but the ticket price is not at par with other airlines to the Philippines like Korean Airlines or Eva Air. In my honest opinion, the ticket price is more expensive than the airlines I mentioned, the reason I stopped taking Philippine Airlines everytime I travel to the Philippines. They are always expensive in comparison. Korean and Eva Air cabin crews are also great very helpful.

  29. never flown an a350 yet or a 787 for that matter. One if not both of those two aircraft need to be in use for a flight between ICN and LAX regularly so I can try them out in business class one day. Come on Korean air come on Asiana.

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