Heathrow to Manila Flight with Philippine Airlines

Check-in time in Heathrow was very orderly though there's a slight queue building up at the beginning. But before it got too long, faster check-in followed. It didn't took me long to check in. I only had one check-in luggage and two hand-carried items so I managed to complete checking one hour before boarding time. One hour free time allowed me enough time browsing on duty-free shops inside Heathrow Airport's terminal 4 and even had dinner in one of the restaurants at the departure area.

Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines' boarding time started precisely on time. After all Filipino time was on time and I really appreciate that. So, way into the tube and to the waiting Airbus 340-300 aircraft. It feels like home to have Filipino flight attendants welcomed passengers onboard and most of all greeting us in Filipino with those smiles on their faces.

Boarding was completed ahead of time, doors closed, aircraft taxied then the pilot announced that PAL PR721 was number 7 in the queue. Eventually, the plane took off London Heathrow International Airport 20 minutes late from schedule, at 2313H to be precise. Flight duration to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila was 12hours and 50 minutes so it means I have plenty of time to enjoy flying with Philippine Airlines. At 42,000 feet altitude and still several hundred miles away to Manila, I felt like I was already back in the Philippines. The food was truly Filipino, flight attendants speaking Filipino, and the ambiance mid air in general was amazingly Filipino!

Ten minutes after takeoff, mid-air in-flight services commenced with Philippines’ leading local newspapers became available first hand into the flight. I choose Philippine Daily Inquirer and started flipping the pages. I haven't read any newspapers for years so I took that opportunity to read newspaper above 31,000 feet even nothing in the news interests me.
Then later in-flight entertainment became available. The aircraft is not fitted with individual TV screens in front of each seat but WiFi connected iPad tablets packed with quality selections of movies and TV shows were distributed and it’s free to use.

Then first meal of the flight was served and I opted for the tasty Filipino dish of rice and pork. There was another dish in the choices, can't remember what it was but for sure there was no rice on it. I lost track noticing the time but hours later, snacks were served. Two and a half hours to landing breakfast was served. For breakfast, I chose the one with rice, scrambled eggs and corned beef.

By1930H Philippine local time, PR721 touched down NAIA. I was seated economy class and almost at the rear end of the aircraft, so I was among those who were last to get off from the plane. With my hand-carried luggage in tow, I went ahead to the immigration and surprisingly, the queue wasn’t that long - just the perfect time to arrive Manila.

Check-in time in Heathrow was very orderly though there's a slight queue building up at the beginning. But before it got too long, faster check-in followed. It didn't took me long to check in. I only had one check-in luggage and two hand-carried items so I managed to complete checking one hour before boarding time.