My flight to Hong Kong was not until 12:30 p.m., but decided to go to the airport a few hours early knowing that the departure process can be a bit hectic at this airport.
Once I got there, I had to show the security guard my passport as well as my ticket before I could even enter the departure terminal. Once inside, I was greeted by a long line of people going through security checks before being able to go to the check-in counters. The check-in line at Cathay Pacific was also quite long. Once I got to the agent, I requested a window seat, but was told that there was none available on this flight, instead he got me a window seat on the HKG-YVR portion of my trip.
Afterwards, I proceeded to pay the departure fee (750 pesos, about $18) and then another line-up at the immigration counters. After clearing immigration, I had to get in line again for another security check, then it was to the departure gates.
Korean Air B777 and a Cathay Pacific 747-400
This was another Cathay Pacific plane that leaves about one hour earlier than ours.
Plane Spotting at Manila:
PAL - A330
Unfortunately, I could not get a better picture of this really nicely painted plane.
KLM B777 - sadly, this might/will be the lone European carrier going to manila in the future.
Finally, our plane to Hong Kong - A340-600 - very long plane!
The flight to Hong Kong went by fast. Since my flight to Vancouver is not until 4:45 p.m., I did some plane spotting in Hong Kong:
South African Airways
Hong Kong Terminal
Our plane to Vancouver. A340-300
After a few minitues of delay, we started boarding the plane. This flight, I think was 100% full. The cathay pacific agent in manila did a very good job, not only did he get me a window seat, he also placed me in a sport where I had no passengers behind me, thereby, allowing me to recline my seat fully and get some decent sleep.
Sunrise somewhere over the pacific
Briefly, this plane kept pace with us, afterwards it simply overtook us.
Breakfast: A little bit on the greasy side -still good enough though
Before reaching Vancouver, the captain came on the P.A. basically, to inform us that the weather in Vancouver was bad. Indeed, it was bad. Visibilty was so poor that I could not see anything from my window and did not see the ground until we were pretty much landing on the runway.
There was bit of a delay getting into our gate as the plane occupying our gate had to be de-iced again. PAL A340-300 straight from Manila also waiting behind us.
CX , PAL and Air New Zealand
Thats about it for me. Thanks for reading.
CXYVR From Canada, joined Dec 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13144 times:
Some additional cabin pictures.
Boeing 747-400 - New Economy class seats on the plane I took from YVR to HKG. The entertainment system was the best. They called it CX studio. 50 plus movies on demand and numerous songs, you can even create your own playlist.
A340-600 - Seats. A little bit older compared to the 747-400 but still great.
Yes, the difference in climate was like day and night.
SIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 168 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12985 times:
Thanks for the pics. Though it was from HP, it turned out quite alright.
Never surprises me to see Air China almost at almost every destination.
The mainland Chinese are really flying these days.
BTW, were there any inflight snacks provided on the HKG-YVR? Say a snack box or cup noodles? Was it served by crew or self-service?
Oh, what about real menu cards? Do CX still give out?
CA228 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12607 times:
Quoting CXYVR (Thread starter): KLM B777 - sadly, this might/will be the lone European carrier going to manila in the future.
Sorry if this sounds out-to-lunch, but why are the European carriers pulling out of Manila? Are the loads or yields that poor, or are there a lot of code-share flights with Asian carriers between the MNL and their Asian hubs like BKK?
CXYVR From Canada, joined Dec 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12549 times:
Quoting CA228 (Reply 6): Sorry if this sounds out-to-lunch, but why are the European carriers pulling out of Manila? Are the loads or yields that poor, or are there a lot of code-share flights with Asian carriers between the MNL and their Asian hubs like BKK?
Hello, attached is a link posted a few days ago that answers your question.