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50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 1 (pics)  
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
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50 Days in Asian Paradise with a 5-Star Airline: Part 1 of 3
JFK-ICN-MNL-CGY-CEB-MPH-CEB-CGY-MNL-ICN-JFK with OZ, 5J, PR and 2P.

Number of Flights: 11
Airlines Flown: Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express
Aircrafts Flown: Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 747-400, ATR-72,
DeHavilland Dash-7
Countries Visited: Philippines and South Korea


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Part 1: JFK-ICN-MNL on OZ
Part 2: MNL-CGY-CEB-CGY on 5J, CEB-MPH-CEB on 2P, Boracay and etc.
Part 3: CGY-MNL on PR, MNL-ICN-JFK on OZ




This is my 4th trip report on a.net, I know a lot of you disliked my previous report due to lack of personal photos, I made sure that I brought my camera and took a lot of pictures. So, I hope you enjoy this report as much as I enjoyed my vacation.

This report will include the following flights: JFK-ICN-MNL-CGY-CEB-MPH-CEB-CGY-MNL-ICN-JFK on OZ, 5J, PR and 2P. I also included pics from the world famous Boracay Island, spotting at JFK, Incheon, Manila, Cebu, Lumbia and Caticlan airport and many more! All in all the vacation would last exactly 50 Days, arriving in Asia on the 5th of July and leaving on the 23rd, so that’s exactly 50 Days  This is the 1st part of my long trip report, part 1 will include JFK-ICN-MNL on OZ with Incheon Int’l Airport pics.

This isn’t a normal vacation, our normal family vacation usually takes 10 days, roaming around a particular destination, staying on a hotel and etc. This vacation will also give us the opportunity to reunite with relatives and friends. Why 50 days you may ask? Well, we wanted to experience regular life back in the Philippines apart from staying at a hotel, sightseeing and shopping, like staying at my granny’s, going to the market, dinner with friends and family and other stuff. I was particularly excited about this vacation since my 3 cousins from Sweden are also going to the Philippines for summer vacation. We would also be going to Boracay and Cebu (2 popular tourist destinations in the Philippines) with my grandparents (3 of them), my 3 cousins with my aunt and uncle, me, my mom and my dad, so in total that’s 11!

2010 is the year I would finish Junior High and as usual I have to prove to my mom that I deserve a vacation based on my school performance. As the school year ended and I graduated from Junior High, all of my grades were above average and I also managed to finish Junior High with honors and a Leadership Award (I’m really bossy lol ) and hence I earned a vacation!

I was looking for airfares way before graduation, I started checking flights from New York to Manila on October 2009 and it was about $1,000+ My mom said that our airfare should be below $2,700 ($900 each for the 3 of us) I knew it was impossible to get that kind of fare during summer season, but I was optimistic. Months later, my dad decided that he won’t be coming back to New York with us in the summer, as he would be doing some business in the Philippines which can take several months, so the $2,700 budget would be a reality because we would only buy a one way fare for him. I later found out that cheapest one way fare during the summer was $900, which is a bit to expensive for a one way fare, so I had an genius plan. Since my dad had a flexible schedule, we decided that it would be better if he will depart on off-season dates, so I thoroughly checked fares on the month of May and I randomly picked a day and got $600, but my mom said find a $500 one, so I checked every date in May and voila! May 16, a $527 one way ticket on China Airlines via ANC and TPE. So, we bought the ticket for my dad. After we bought my dad’s ticket, it was time for mine and mom’s. Usually, when I look for airfare, I don’t look for the cheapest, I look for the best. (I know CI isn’t that good, but hey, my dad’s flying with ‘em not me ) So, I did my homework and I decided that me and my mom should fly on a 5-star airline, as I’ve never been on one before. After reading some comments on every 5-star airline that flies to MNL, I decided that we should fly on Asiana Airlines. So, I went on Expedia and browsed flights from JFK to MNL on OZ, at first it was about $1,300 each and I kept looking for flights and July 4 was the cheapest one, $1,136.00 each , same airline, same flight but a different date. So, the total airfare for the three of us was $2,799.00, $99 over budget  

I was expecting a lot from Asiana Airlines since they just won the prestigious Airline of the Year 2009 award by Skytrax, so my expectations were very high. I have also read numerous reviews about Asiana and nearly all of them are positive. OZ's cabin crew is also know as one of the best in the world, so I was very excited to try out OZ.

Before we bought the flights on OZ, I suggested to my mom that we should apply for Asiana Club. I explained to her the benefits and etc and she said yes. So, we applied for Asiana Club. However, months later we decided to move to United Mileage Plus since we live here in the US and we would earn more benefits compared to Asiana Club. However, unlike Asiana where they sent you a REAL card, UA only sent us a cheap looking card made of cardboard, turns out that they will send you the real card once you become a Premier member (25,000 Miles)

Months before the departure day, I contacted Asiana Airlines to request new seats since when we bought the tickets on Expedia, they randomly assigned us to 33 A and B on both sectors, plus they assigned us on the middle part of the wing of the A330 and I want to sit either on the front of the A330 or the rear. So I called Asiana Airlines and I requested new seats, they gave us 25J and K for JFK-ICN, 33A,B for ICN-MNL, 37 J,K for MNL-ICN and 33A and B for ICN-JFK. I was good with all the seats until I realized that there is a huge chance that Row 33 has missing windows! I wouldn’t want to sit on a row with missing windows for 14 hrs! So, I decided to change our seats again, I decided to use the online seat selector Asiana Airlines has on their website. However, it didn’t work for me. It said to contact your local Asiana office and etc, so I did. It took 3 calls to fix it since the agents tried to fix the problem but it wasn’t fixed at all. Finally, the REAL problem was, I typed in the wrong confirmation code. -___- Instead of the letter “I” I mistakenly thought that it was the number “1” so yeah. My bad!  I decided to change the JFK-ICN and ICN-JFK flight since the first economy class section (where the engines are visible) opened up. So for JFK-ICN I got 22 J and K and for ICN to JFK igot 23 J and K, I was hoping I would see the engine blades since it’s my wish to see them in action! And I wouldn’t be disappointed.


On-line check-in/seat selector. Although I had some issues with it, it was very convenient that you can choose your own seats.


Seat map for OZ 221 (JFK-ICN) Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Combi


JULY 4, 2010 – DEPARTURE DAY

The day had finally come! After months of waiting, it finally came! As many of you know, my family has a tradition of going to the airport REALLY early. Our flight to ICN is scheduled to depart on July 4, 2010 at 12:30 AM, we were at the airport on July 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM . My mom’s friends offered us a ride to the airport, they came to our apartment at about 8 in the evening and helped us with our baggage.


Our baggage


On our way to the airport


JFK's terminal 4


We live near JFK airport, it takes 10 minutes if you take the air train to JFK and about 5-10 minutes if you take the car, depending on traffic on the Van Wyck expressway . We drove pass other terminals and we finally came to Terminal 4, the International Terminal where OZ operates its daily 14hr flight to ICN. Recently, OZ introduced the B777-200ER on the JFK-ICN, luckily, our flight remained as a Boeing 747-400 and I was happy about that coz I’ve never been on the 747. I’ve been on JFK’s Terminal 4 a lot, in fact, nearly all of my flights that I took in JFK was on Terminal 4. The check-in area was VERY chaotic as many international flights were departing around that time. Air India to Mumbai, LOT to Warsaw, Virgin Atlantic to London, Qatar Airways to Doha, Singapore Airlines to FRA and SIN, El Al to Tel Aviv, Etihad to Abu Dhabi, you name it, it’s there! It was SOOOO CHAOTIC! We looked for OZ’s check in desk and proceeded. A friendly Korean OZ staff greeted us and she checked us in. We gave her our itinerary and did some typing and stuff. She tagged our baggage all the way to MNL and we were checked in. She was smiling all the time and was very friendly, she handed us our boarding passes and I immediately realized that I forgot to gave her our UA Mileage Plus number and somehow my mom was moved to 12A on the ICN-MNL flight.

”Excuse me, I forgot to give you our United Mileage Plus number and my mom is on a different row on Incheon to Manila from me”
“It says on the system that you are an Asiana Club member”
“I decided to move United Mileage Plus”
“Okay, the won’t be a problem.”
“Oh yeah, can you change our seats on Incheon to Manila so me and my mom could sit together?”
“Sure. Let me have your boarding passes.”
“Is Row 12A and B still available?”
“I’m sorry, it’s not. I can give 18J and K”
“Okay. I’m good with that.”
(although I’m not since I know that seat would be near the wing but I didn’t want to hassle her   )
After a few minutes, she handed us our new boarding passes with our new seats (again ) with a smile on her face even after the hassle I’ve brought her :P She wished us a pleasant flight.


OZ's check-in counter, there were A LOT of people, but the the line at the OZ check in was relatively short. (Most of the people pictured here were lining up for the baggage drop off)


Asiana Airlines Check-In Counter


Economy Class check in



My baggage with OZ luggage tag


After a wonderful experience with OZ’s friendly check-in staff, the horror began. There was a long line of people on the baggage drop off area! It was very unorganized and a group of passengers (I’m assuming LO passengers cut through the line without knowing they did, since it was just unorganized) that created a havoc with other passengers, people started getting pissed, then an ever friendly and smiling (NOT!) JFK staff started yelling at passengers “ONE LINE!, ONE LINE!” Nothing new from a JFK staff, typical New Yorker.  Nearly an hour later, finally, we’ve successfully dropped off our baggage. After our horrific experience, we went to the Duty Free area and grabbed something to eat. At around 10:30, we decided to go to the gate. There was a long line on the security checkpoint, however, it was a moving line and I’ve had good experiences with security staffs in JFK in the past. 5 minutes later, we finished security screening and we were headed for the gate. Our gate was B26, the usual gate for OZ 221/222. We were among the first ones to arrive at the gate. I decided to roam around and do some aircraft spotting before boarding. There was an EY A345, LY 744, RJ A342, LO 763, VA A320, DL 757 and others.


The long line to the baggage drop off area


LOT crew


Duty Free area, once again it was very crowded, luckily we found some seats and ate dinner



After eating, we proceeded to the security checkpoint. The line was long, but it was moving fast. 5 Minutes later, we were on our way to our gate, B26.



On our way to Gate B26


Gate B26


The gate area


Our flight information


Asiana AIrlines Boeing 747-400/Combi, HL7421, our ride to Incheon on this 14hr flight



I decided to walk around the terminal and took pictures of random flights


Etihad Airways, Airbus A340-500, EY 100 bound for AUH


EY 100 with an EK 77W behind it waiting fot her departure to DXB


El Al 744 to TLV


Caribbean Airlines 738, i think this one was going to Port of Spain


Royal Jordanian A342 to AMM



Our flight being loaded with food


Long list of flights


Boarding was scheduled to begin at 11:57 PM, interesting, usually boarding begins either 30 or 45 minutes before departure and not 33. Several minutes before boarding, the OZ cabin and flight crew arrived. There was an entire troop of flight attendants! Boarding began exactly on-time, the agent that checked us in announced the boarding procedure in Korean then in English. Our seats, 22J and K was located in “Zone A” so I was assuming since we were in “Zone A” that we would be one of the first ones to board, turns out that we were actually one of the last passengers to board the aircraft (since we were seated in the very first section of Y) Although there were a lot of passengers, boarding was very organized. In less than 20 minutes, everyone was onboard the aircraft for the 14 hour trek to Seoul-Incheon.

CONTINUED BELOW


It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
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Flight 1: OZ 221 JFK-ICN


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Origin: New York - John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY
Destination: Seoul - Incheon International Airport, Incheon, S.Korea
Airline: Asiana Airlines (OZ)
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400/Combi
Reg.: HL7421
Seat No: 22K
ETD: 00:30, July 4, 2010
ATD: 00:29, July 4, 2010 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, 1 Minute
ETA: 03:40, July 5, 2010
ATA: 03:19, July 5, 2010 - AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, 21 Minutes


Passengers lining up for boarding


Lining up for boarding


On our way to the aircraft


HL7421, our ride to Incheon


We were greeted by 2 friendly FAs with bows, one male and a female.

"Annyonghasseyo"
"Good job! *chuckles*, welcome aboard"

Days before the departure day, i googled up "how to say hello in Korean" and "thank you" unfortunately, I forgot how to say thank you in Korean 
First class


Row 22. I was seated in Row 22K. I highly recommend Rows 20-25 since it is a smaller cabin and it offers a great view of the engines. Each seat was equipped with AVOD w/ 10.6" PTVs.


View outside the window, sorry about the glare


The head FA welcomed us aboard, OZ 221 bound for Incheon International Airport, South Korea. One thing I noticed
was the announcements were not that loud and I had a hard time hearing it. Plus, the "Passenger Announcment in
Progress" kept appearing on the screens even if no announcements were made.


One thing I found annoying was the in-flight map and info was in Korean, then English although the settings was in English.


Rows 20 and 21


View across the aisle, as you can see, the recline was excellent.


The seat back


Legroom was excellent! I know I'm not that tall, but still, the legroom was comparable
to shorthaul J class legroom in the US.


The flight attendant assisting the elderly passengers seated in the bulkhead

The flight attendants went around the cabin and prepared the cabin for departure. The safety video was played and at 00:29 we pushed back, 1 minute ahead of schedule.

We taxied to Runway 22L and we took off. Take off was very powerful and we were off to Incheon, total flight time: 13 Hours and 50 Minutes



TAKE-OFF VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwvSkr9rGGI



Safety video



About half an hour after take-off the seat belt sign was turned off. The flight attendants walked around the cabin and started handing out headphones and hot towels. The flight attendants were always smiling and they were very friendly. The hot towel service was a nice touch however the headphones weren't that good. Anyways, after the FA handed me the headphones I started exploring OZ's IFE. Each seat was equipped with 10" PTVs with AVOD. The screens were huge, similar to SQ's longhaul Y product in their 77W and 380.


Asiana Entertainment

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The main menu that features movies, music, movies/shows for kids, shopping and etc. The IFE also features seat-to-seat chat similar to VX's Red.


The selection of movie was okay, it featured 25 recent releases and some classic movies. For my first movie, I chose the movie "Date Night" starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fay.


SHH! The movie's starting


I couldn't figure out how to remove the subtitles and it was very annoying but I got used to it

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Nearly an hour after take-off, the smell of food began to fill the cabin. Minutes later, FAs started marching down the aisle with food carts.


The FA that took care of us on this flight, I forgot her name but let's just call her Kim.


Finally, Kim came to our row and asked us our choice for dinner. She knelt down and explain the choices and etc.
She was very friendly and you can tell that she actually cares for the passengers rather than just rushing the dinner
service and chatting with other FAs afterwards.

"For dinner we have Korean Bibimbap and beef steak, which one would you prefer?" she asked us in a thick Korean accent.
"I'll have the beef please." I replied and my mom chose the bibimbap.
"And your drinks?"
"I'll have a coke please."
"Coke?"
"Yes"
She handed us our meal with a smile  
"Enjoy"


The beef steak, it was excellent. Though I like my steak well done (it was medium rare) it tasted great, not as good
as steakhouse steak but for airline food standards, it's fantastic. The broccoli and potatoes were also great.


The entire meal, it also contained some type of salad that I didn't bother to touch, a cold rock hard bread and a cake.


The bibimbap, it was also good. The rice was excellent.


Hmm...As you can see I don't like carrots.

After dinner I decided to tour the aircraft and visit the toilet.


Economy Class "Zone A" Rows 20-25


The bathroom was well stocked with amenities


The middle Y section, We were originally assigned here, Row 33, but I later called OZ to change it and
it was a great move because Row 33 has missing windows.


Sun starting to rise  

I didn't feel sleepy at all, so I decided to listen to some music and watched some shows like America's Funniest Videos and Just for Laughs. I also kept opening the shades to look outside since the sun was rising and we would be flying over the north pole. After dinner service, the flight attendants kept walking around with coffee, water, juice and other beverages.


Ke$ha!


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Sunrise!


Flying over Northern Canada near Hudson Bay


Sunrise


Flying over Northern Canada


Flying near the border between Canada and Alaska

As we flew over the boundary between Alaska and Northern Canada, I felt kinda hungry so I pressed the service button and in less than 10 seconds a FA came. I asked if they had cup noodles, she replied they only had a sandwich so I said okay. She came back less than 30 seconds with my sandwich and asked me for a drink, I said a coke please. She came back with a whole can of coke, now that's what I call 5-Star service! And she all did it with a smile. I also noticed that the flight attendants kept walking around the cabin with beverages. They also kept walking around the cabin to check if the passengers are all right.  
Flying near the North Pole


Flying near the North Pole


Flying over Eastern Russia


A lot of lakes as you can see


Traffic over Eastern Russia



Around 2 hours before landing, breakfast was served. Kim came to our row and knelt down and asked us for our option:

"For breakfast, we have Shrimp with rice or Lasagna.."
"I'll have the shrimp please."
"Oh, I'm sorry it's not available anymore, hold on, let me check"

Kim went away for a few seconds, unfortunately they only had Lasagna left. She apologized and I said it was okay.The Lasagna was okay, but I find it weird to have lasagna for breakfast. The FAs kept walking around handing out beverages and 30 minutes later, they collected the trays.


Breakfast


Cabin during breakfast


I took this while we flew over Japan, can someone tell me what are these? ships??



The outside became dark again and before I knew it we were flying over South Korea. Then we began our initial descend to Incheon International Airport, the captain came to the PA and announced the we have began our descend to ICN, the current weather and approximate arrival time. 30 Minutes later, the seat belt sign was turned off.


Nearing ICN


Flying over Dokdo Is.


37 Minutes to go!


Landfall!


Flying over South Korea


Passenger Announcment


Looks like this lady is preparing for a crash landing. 


"Ladies and gentlemen, we would be landing shortly, make sure that your seat belts are securely fasten, tray tables up and all seats should be in the up-right position. Thank you."

FAs walked around the cabin to do final preparations for landing. They made sure the overhead bins were closed, all seats are in the up-right position and etc. After they were gone, I grabbed my camera and took a video of our pre-dawn landing. We touched down on ICN's Runway 33R at 03:19 AM, July 5, 2010.

Landing Video:
[youtube link]


People getting their luggage


Bye!


HL7421 after a 13hr+ flight from JFK.

We taxied for a couple of minutes and it was time to disembark. We grabbed our hand luggage and exited the aircraft. 4 FAs were at the door thanking passengers for flying Asiana Airlines. My first flight with Asiana was definitely the best
one I've experienced. My first impression of ICN was WOW. It was clean and big! We went through security for our connecting flight to MNL , transfer was hassle-free. The security agents were friendly and smiling, we were on our way to our gate less than 10 minutes after we disembarked. The main terminal of ICN was amazing. Hardwood floors, comfortable seats and there were a lot of shops, mostly closed since it was still 3AM. Our flight to MNL was scheduled to depart at 08:35 at Gate 35, so we had more than 4 hours to pass the time. We decided to check out the gate area, we were at the other side of the terminal so it took a while to get to Gate 35. ICN was deserted, but the airport was HUGE! When we got to Gate 35, we realized that it was different from the other gates since it was located on the lower level plus it was at the end of the concourse so the plane is barely visible and the ceilings were low, compared to other gates, Gate 35, as well as 36 was bad. So we decided to go back up and went to the bigger gates with the hardwood floors  The airport was really nice and since it was deserted, I decided to sleep for a while.


On our way to the transfer area


On our way to Gate 35


KE 747 with HL7421 on the background.


FIDS


The deserted gate area


McDonald's!


Gate 35


Totally deserted at 3AM


OZ 772


The awesome toilet! I later realized that I was in the lady's room lol 
Our flight to MNL


HL7421


OZ A330


Very nice architecture


She's beautiful!


HL7421 again


PR A330 to MNL


OZ A330


Jetway


OZ 767


Incheon Airport


OZ 777


very nice!


The awesome architecture


At around 6AM, shops started to open up and since I wanted to eat something Korean. So we went around and looked for restaurant. We went to "Food Capital" and as we entered the restaurant, an airport employee bowed at us lol  Food Capital had excellent food selections, we ordered a beef soup and a coke...Price Tag: 11,000 WONS! It was really unusual but 11,000 wons = 10USD, but still I found it amusing, so we kept the receipt 
Food Capital


Lots of choices


Korean Coke!


The beef soup was great, it came with rice, kimchi and some kind of fish.


On our way to the gate.


After eating, we proceeded to the gate where a lot of people were already present, mostly with children. Around 30 minutes later, the cabin and flight crew for our flight to MNL arrived (mostly Korean with about 2 or 3 Filipina cabin crew and our Filipino captain), as well as a huge group of college students from University of Seoul (?)


FAs arriving


HL7747 our ride to MNL, an Airbus A330-300


The gate area


More FAs arriving


Passengers lining up for boarding

Boarding began at 7:05 AM, first called was Business Class and Star Alliance Gold Members, passengers with small children and other passengers that’ll need assistance boarding the aircraft. Then after that, the FAs boarded passengers by rows. Boarding was very organized even though the flight was full. We were onboard the aircraft in less than 10 minutes. Today’s flight to MNL will be operated by HL7747, one of OZ’s 8 A330s.



It's a cultural thing.
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Flight 2: OZ 702 ICN-MNL


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Origin: Seoul - Incheon International Airport, Incheon, S.Korea
Destination: Manila - Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Metro Manila, Philippines
Airline: Asiana Airlines (OZ)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Reg.: HL7747
Seat No: 18K
ETD: 08:35, July 5, 2010
ATD: 08:35, July 5, 2010 - ON-TIME
ETA: 11:45, July 5, 2010
ATA: 11:49, July 5, 2010 - DELAYED 4 Minutes


On our way to our aircraft



As we entered the aircraft, we were greeted by friendly and smiling OZ FAs, we settled on our seats for our scheduled 4 hour and 10 Minutes flight to MNL. The legroom on the A330 is far lesser than the 747 and there was an IFE box on all window seats, however, the space was still okay. The seats were kinda uncomfortable when not reclined unlike the 747 which was very comfortable even if the seat wasn't reclined. The PTVs were a lot smaller and the quality isn't that good compared to the 747. Anyways, the FAs prepared the cabin for departure, the welcome announcement was made. First in Korean, English then Filipino. The FA who made the English and Filipino announcements had a VERY nice voice, it sounded automated! We pushed back at exactly 08:35 AM, right on time. Interestingly, when we taxied to the runway for take-off, we passed by a KE A333 and a PR A333 all bound for MNL, including our A333, that’s 3 A333s going to MNL! That’s a lot of 3s lol  
The Cabin


The engines


wing view


PTV


Legroom on the A330


wing view


Overhead bins


Passengers still boarding


cabin


Wing view again


Across the cabin


Safety video


Pushback ocurreded exactly on time


The new satellite terminal


OZ’s rival KE. This one’s also going to MNL. We got individual tvs and you don’t! lol 
CX A343




We taxied to Runway 36, ICN's new runway and we began our powerful and very long take-off roll. Soon, we lifted off and we were off to MNL. As soon as we passed 10,000 feet the seat belts sign was turned off and the FAs sprang into action. They began handing out headphones, then hot towel. The hot towels were VERY hot! The Flight attendants then came down the aisles handing out meals. Today's choice is Chicken or Fish, I chose the first one and my mom chose the latter. The Chicken was really good an so was the fish. After the meal service, I decided to watch more shows and movies. Like the first flight, the FAs kept walking around the cabin with beverages.



Climbing


Engines


FAs starting handing out lunch


Winglet.


YAY its here 
The chicken meal, it was really good.


The fish meal


I was really hungry. 
I decided to watch a couple of shows and movies


I played some Bookworm which passed the time


Flying over Taiwan


Cabin


Taiwan



Ke$ha again 
in-flight magazine

The flight went by really fast and before I knew it we were flying over Central Luzon. We began our initial descend and the captain came to inform us that the weather in MNL is horrible, he mentioned that their were thick fogs. It was also the time when some instruments in MNL broke so it was even harder to land.



As we approached MNL, it was clear that weather was horrible. We circled around for ages and finally the seat belt sign and we were on our final approach to MNL. (International Flights were a priority because my dad's flight from CGY was supposed to arrive in MNL at 11AM but his flight finally landed at 12:30PM, he said that they circled around MNL for over and hour!) So the whole plan of my dad meeting us at NAIA 1 was ruined lol. Eventually we met at our hotel.


The Philippines! That's a longgggg beach!


Descending towards in MNL


Beginning our final approach

As we near the end of the Runway 24 of MNL, I heard the engines spool up and we were performing a go-around! My 2nd go around!  I was really excited about it while my mom was worrying that we would be diverted to CRK. Around 2 Minutes later, the Captain came to the PA and announced:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we couldn't land as for the moment in Manila. I will give you an update."

GO AROUND VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/user/jezrelnyc2000?feature=mhum


Luckily, we weren't diverted to CRK. We touched down at 11:49 AM, 4 Minutes behind schedule. We taxied to terminal 1 and disembarked at Gate 11. We proceeded to Immigration which was really fast and we got our baggage. I must say the arrival area of NAIA 1 is worn out and dirty. It feels like a bus terminal rather than an international airport, a definite but impression for first time travelers in the Philippines. I can’t wait til they move to T3.


CX 744 pushing back for HKG


Our aircraft


Baggage claim.


After we claimed our baggage, we proceeded to the arrival hall. Since my dad wasn’t there to meet us, a representative from our hotel picked us up. Our hotel was 20 minutes away from the airport, so it was fairly quick. In no time, we were in our hotel rooms and I decided to rest. We had lunch with my dad, his flight eventually landed over an hour late. After lunch I decided to go to sleep since I was jetlagged at that time.

TO BE CONTINUED

Part 2: MNL-CGY-CEB-MPH-CEB-CGY on 5J and 2P as well as Boracay and other pics.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offline767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24304 times:

Brillant...loved both the commentary and the photos.


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User currently offlineLuvTheFlying From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 24236 times:

Nice TR
Love the Pics. Last month i went flew from lax-tpe on china airlines, not as long as jfk-icn, but still 13 hrs. Seeing OZ's economy 747 cabin really puts CI's to shame. The legroom on CI's 747 is soo bad compared to OZ's as i can tell from the pics, but anyways Great TR!!!  


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2981 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 24204 times:

Loved the TR,

I guess I'll have to add OZ in my to-do list.

Thank you for sharing!



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1237 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 24204 times:

If I ever go to Asia I would chose Asiana. Seems like a great airline. US airlines used to serve steak even on transcons but stopped about 40 years ago. Quite unusual to see it in Y.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 24054 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing!

//Jonas



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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 760 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 23906 times:
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Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
I took this while we flew over Japan, can someone tell me what are these? ships??

They are fishing ships. It is very common to see them off the coast of Japan. There are so many you would think you are flying over land somewhere.

It must have felt weird going from dark to light and back to dark again. You were flying at 70+ North and that's what happens.
Thx for your TR. From what I've read, and from what you wrote, it sounds like Asiana is the way to fly to South Korea.



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User currently offlinercaq From Austria, joined Aug 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 23622 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
Finally, Kim came to our row and asked us our choice for dinner. She knelt down and explain the choices and etc.

I'd be willing to spend 20-30% more for a Y ride if only half of European carriers were like this! Looking ff. to experiencing OZ in J -

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
After lunch I decided to go to sleep since I was jetlagged at that time.

The LAX-ICN leg alone is quite a tough ride. Adding another short/mid. haul definitely increases the jet-lag.
Nonetheless, you were traveling w/ OZ, the flights were definitely among the "top" ways to reach your destination in Y.

NO WAY I could do this with certain European *A carriers (if they were on the same routes...)

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 23079 times:

Quoting 767er (Reply 3):
Brillant...loved both the commentary and the photos.

I'm happy that you loved it, thanks  
Quoting 767er (Reply 3):
Nice TR
Love the Pics. Last month i went flew from lax-tpe on china airlines, not as long as jfk-icn, but still 13 hrs. Seeing OZ's economy 747 cabin really puts CI's to shame. The legroom on CI's 747 is soo bad compared to OZ's as i can tell from the pics, but anyways Great TR!!!

Yes, OZ's legroom is really excellent, even if the person in front of you reclines. Thanks for reading  
Quoting ojas (Reply 5):
Loved the TR,

I guess I'll have to add OZ in my to-do list.

Thank you for sharing!

Your welcome. OZ won't disappoint you.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
If I ever go to Asia I would chose Asiana. Seems like a great airline. US airlines used to serve steak even on transcons but stopped about 40 years ago. Quite unusual to see it in Y.

Yes. Their steak was also good, on the return flight they also served steak. Thanks for reading  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):
Great report, thanks for sharing!

//Jonas

Your welcome, glad you liked it.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 8):
Thx for your TR. From what I've read, and from what you wrote, it sounds like Asiana is the way to fly to South Korea.

Definitely is. But KE isn't far behind, but OZ is better.

Quoting rcaq (Reply 9):
The LAX-ICN leg alone is quite a tough ride. Adding another short/mid. haul definitely increases the jet-lag.
Nonetheless, you were traveling w/ OZ, the flights were definitely among the "top" ways to reach your destination in Y.

Luckily, my jetlag was gone the next day, which was really surprising. However, on the return flight, it took me 5 days to recover.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineFilAmAirlines From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 23014 times:

Very well described and detailed report! Kudos to you
You and I both can't wait until non-Philippine based airlines move to MNL terminal 3 very soon. Terminal 1 is filthy and very outdated. I couldn't use the men's restroom at MNL T1.
Enjoy the Philippines from a first generation Filipino-American  



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22793 times:

Very nice report with very nice pictures! Legroom on OZ seems fantastic on the 74M but not so great on the 333. Perhaps the first Y cabin on OZ had more legroom than the other Y cabins ? Food looks good; nice to get steak in Y!

I'ma bit surprised they were open for check in at 830am for a flight at 1230am; that's 16h before departure!

Looking forward to the next installment of the series.

The777Ma



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 22342 times:
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Good report! Really good detail with your captions and photos. Looks like you had some good flights with Asiana! They look like a very nice airline, and that steak does look really good for Y class!

Looking forward to your next report!

Matthew (767747)


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Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 22150 times:
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Great trip report. You almost took us on the trip with you!! Asiana seems like a nice carrier, and with service that only Asian FAs know how to do it right. Glad you flew on the B744, such a glorious bird.

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Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 21845 times:
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Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 10):
Luckily, my jetlag was gone the next day, which was really surprising. However, on the return flight, it took me 5 days to recover.

It usually is worse flying from west to east. I'm not sure why that is.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 21721 times:

Hi Jezrel,

great report with nice pictures, you made me want to fly OZ even more. Everything looks fine - cabin, IFE, catering, staff. I really need to try OZ soon.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter):
50 Days in Asian Paradise with a 5-Star Airline: Part 1 of 3
JFK-ICN-MNL-CGY-CEB-MPH-CEB-CGY-MNL-ICN-JFK with OZ, 5J, PR and 2P.

Number of Flights: 11
Airlines Flown: Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express
Aircrafts Flown: Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 747-400, ATR-72,
DeHavilland Dash-7
Countries Visited: Philippines and South Korea

Quite impressive!


PH



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User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 955 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 21524 times:

Fascinating journey JetBlue777! Thanks for writing up this great report. When I first saw the headline, I was trying to guess which of the 5-star carriers you took - I gave myself 3 chances, and all were wrong! Asiana really is one of very nicest airlines around that seems to slip-by under the radar. Glad to see you had good flights on them. The food looked good too. The scheduling of the flight to arrive at ICN in the wee hours is quite strange however.

Thanks again for this first installment. Look forward to your next.  

Cheers
airpearl


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 21355 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Hi Jezrel,

great report with nice pictures, you made me want to fly OZ even more. Everything looks fine - cabin, IFE, catering, staff. I really need to try OZ soon.

Thanks for reading, I'm really happy that you liked it. You should try OZ, I recommend that you should fly on their 747s because they're retiring them soon.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 17):

Thanks for reading! It was good that we arrived at ICN at 3AM since a lot of passengers are connecting passengers and most of the connecting flights (mostly to SE Asia) leaves at 8AM or around that time.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 21078 times:

Quoting triple7man (Reply 8):
It must have felt weird going from dark to light and back to dark again. You were flying at 70+ North and that's what happens.

Yes it was. On the return flight, it was really weird how we were served dinner twice! (Departing at Seoul at 8PM and arriving at JFK at 9PM, so there was 2 dinner service)

Quoting rcaq (Reply 9):
The LAX-ICN leg alone is quite a tough ride. Adding another short/mid. haul definitely increases the jet-lag.
Nonetheless, you were traveling w/ OZ, the flights were definitely among the "top" ways to reach your destination in Y.

It was the longest flight I took, but it wasn't really that bad. The flight went by relatively fast.

[quote=The777Man,reply=12]Very nice report with very nice pictures! Legroom on OZ seems fantastic on the 74M but not so great on the 333. Perhaps the first Y cabin on OZ had more legroom than the other Y cabins ? Food looks good; nice to get steak in Y!

I think legroom is the same, but the first Y cabin felt more spacious since there were only 5 rows.



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 20166 times:

Hey guys, I just posted my 2nd part of the TR, took a while since I didnt have the time to do it..school just started so yeah.

Heres the link:
50 Days In Asia: Island Paradise, Part 2 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 19 2010 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 18912 times:
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Nice TR, thanks for sharing.

OZ looks like they provided great service, I'm pretty impressed!

That steak you had looked pretty decent, much better than a steak CO served me on a flight to HNL in First a few years back for sure!

Legroom looks excellent on the 747, do you know what it was?

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 18582 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
Legroom looks excellent on the 747, do you know what it was?

Hey, thanks for reading! I'm pretty sure it was 34" but it felt more than 34", it was very spacious.



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