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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well, I waited five months to post this and now I finally have a chance. Sorry about the picture quality...I was a wee bit too excited to keep the camera still. Big grin Hope you all enjoy and thanks for reading.  Big thumbs up


Back in September I was going to fly to the northwest where the boarding school I attended was located. The most convenient airport was GEG which was 2-3 hours from Bonners Ferry, Idaho where the school was located and the top contenders I took into consideration was either UA, AS, HP, and F9 from LAX. But I remembered that I could take PR flight 107 from LAS to YVR in which at YVR my relatives there could be able to pick me up and drive me down to the Idaho panhandle. So of course my mom and I weighed down the options: take the convenient way by flying out of LAX to GEG or to fly for the first time on an A340 w/ PAL out of LAS. In the end, I chose the route and airline that is the namesake of my topic. Big grin


Flight 107 LAS-YVR
September 9, 2004
Airbus A340-313X F-OHP?
First Class


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After being held back by a accident near the California-Nevada border, we would show up to McCarran with the possibility that check-in would have been already closed.

The accident site...


With hopes, my brother, mom, and I hustled from the Terminal 1 parking lot, down to the curbside, waited in a long queue for a taxi though my mom was able to cut ahead and get one(thanks to the decency of fellow travellers caring enough to notice our situation), and made it to terminal 2 with the welcoming sight of having the PR check-in counters still open with no line to worry about since we were close to boarding.

I decided to strike up a conversation with check-in staff on with any news with the airline. After telling them about our trip to get here and fly with them, they were a appreciative on the fact that I would choose to fly PR if given the opportunity, in which I was glad to recieve such gratitude considering the hassles we had to tackle in order to make sure we wouldn't miss the flight... Laugh out loud One thing that grabbed my attention was one of the staff members asked if I wanted to be a volunteer/intern/whateveryouwannacallit for PR...(which I was darn close on pushing myself away from containment.  Laugh out loud)

A couple photos of the check in counters:



Terminal 2 pics:



After a speedy security check, we made it to the gate and was welcomed by conga line of Fiesta Class passengers. Upon boarding, I seperated with my mom and bro whom were going to the Fiesta Class cabin while I headed to my seat in the First Class cabin. I was welcomed with an offering of orange juice which I turned down since I would be spending the time before taxi wandering around the aircraft. Big grin

Boarding:


A photo of my seat (1H):


The rest of First Class:


Mabuhay Class:


Fiesta Class:




Airshow:


In the First Class cabin, there was only two other people: a senior seated at 1B and a person in his 20s to 30s in 2G. As seen in the above photos, the Fiesta and Mabuhay Class cabins were filled with Canadian gamblers returning home as well as Filipinos heading to MNL. After visiting my mom and brother, I invited Jeremy (my bro) to check out the first class cabin. When he returned to his seat back in Fiesta, an F/A was distributing the First Class menu. Another F/A came up to my seat and asked if I had connections with PAL or if my parents or even me were employees which kinda got me dumbfounded until she mentioned that some staff in check-in said something along the lines of a PAL spokesman onboard, which I just replied the usual "in my dreams" fashion. Big grin

First Class Menu:


While waiting to take off, I decided to take a gander on what was next to us which turned out to be an Aviacsa 727.


After a slight delay (which seems to be the norm for PAL...) we taxied off to the runway.

The mischevous safety video duo...


Terminal 1 parking garage:


The Las Vegas Strip:


Takeoff:




Once we leveled off, I decided to take advantage of the fact that the cabin was equipped with PTVs. (don't ask, never been in a flight with one before...:o ) One downer is that there was only one channel of short videos avaliable (I presume due to the short duration of the flight...) but heck I was still glad that my seat had one.  Big thumbs up

While somewhere over Northern Nevada/California, meals were ready to be served. Call me weird but I'm one of those whom get excited over meal service Embarrassment so I saw the dinner as a treat. Big grin The meal was excellent and it was even better since they had 7UP on board.



"Flights of Fancy" intro:


Philippine Dept. of Tourism video:


Some sitcom with Amanda Bynes (sorry I forgot the name of it. Embarrassment )


Mabuhay Miles advertisement:


After dinner, I decided to visit my mom and bro in Fiesta Class in which I found out from my mom that the guy sitting in back of me was the Filipino singer Martin Nievera. Unfortunately I was not familiar with modern Filipino music so I kinda didn't share the same excitement as my mom...:o When I returned to my seat, I decided to strike a conversation with Mr. Nievera and I just recalled that I read an advertisement about his performance in Vegas a few days before which I somewhat thought it was coincidence to meet him. I have to admit, he was pretty friendly and was generous enough to give me an autographed copy of his latest CD.

Martin Nievera himself:


While over northern Washington the cabin lights were brought back on and I got my knicknacks ready before we would land in YVR. I couldn't wait to land since I would be seeing my aunts, uncles, and cousins at YVR plus I would be able to finally see the new International Terminal first hand.

F/A chatting with Mr. Nievera:


Landing went on smoothly and we taxied to the terminal in no time.




Upon deboarding I was juggling with my stuff but thankfully still had the opportunity to take a picture of the A340 one last time.


Passing through customs went swiftly and we then proceeded out of the terminal to see our relatives to pic us up.




Overall this trip went well and flying First Class for the first time w/ PAL exceeded my expectations and I'd definitely enjoyed flying with them. If you ever decide to take LAS-YVR (v.v.), I'd highly recommend PAL. Well thanks for reading everyone.  Smile


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
39 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineNiteRider30 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice trip report! It sounds like you had a really nice trip... also cool that you got to meet a famous singer, even though I've never heard of him.  Smile Also, I really like the pictures, a very nice touch, even though some of there were a bit on the blurry side.  Big grin Again, nice report, looking forward to more!

-Mike


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I like on the air map for the midwest city they chose Cedar Rapids, IA. Why? Not many people know where Cedar Rapids is, why not Minneapolis or someplace more well known?? Oh well...

User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

very nice trip report, enjoyed the pics Big grin

good thing you didnt take HP, as it looks like it was canceleld  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineLuv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report.

It looks like the first and business class cabins are the same type of seat. Is that so, or does it just look like that from the picutres?



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice trip report, check your pics tho I cannot see them


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow... rare report on PR! The seats in First and Mabuhay Class looks the same to me, the only difference in the pitch. Or is it my imagination? Must be exciting to meet Martin Nievera, my Pinoy friends tells me that he is HUGE in terms of popularity so you are one lucky bugger.


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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The seats are not the same - F has a good legrest while the one in C is not that good for example. The A340 F seats also have electronic seat controls.


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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3548 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

BANDWIDTH EXEDEEDED!  Sad maybe you should put the pics on another site.


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User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

This happened to me, all you have to do is pay the $9 to upgrade, and than they will show up.

Other than that, it was an awesome TR!!!


User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Sorry 'bout the bandwith prob, I'll try to find another site to upload... Embarrassment



EDIT: Is there any way I could edit the topic post? Embarrassment

[Edited 2005-02-07 03:56:25]


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Just post the pictures as an addition to the thread as we would all like to see them

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Try www.imageshack.us (the link doesn't like be bracketed) . Free and unlimited bandwidth, only downside is no multiple uploads.


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Is there any difference between the first and business class cabins? They looked to be the exact same on your flight? Is it just a service difference, or am I seeing things?


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User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Finally! The pics are up! I was waiting to see them for a very long time. Great report, I hope that more people write about PAL experiences.

User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

YEHEY

great report man. Its very rare to see PR trip reports on this forum. Lufthansa747 had a bunch of great ones too during his Asian escapade.

The pix are great too. Too bad you don't know which of the 4 A340's it was.

Martin Nievera is a great singer indeed. I believe he sings at the golden nugget in LAS. Fortunately my parents have TFC (Filipino Sat) at home so I kinda know him by face.

Where you upgraded? Or did you pay for the First class ticket?

Drew

Edit: Hey N751PR where have you been? Its been a while.

[Edited 2005-02-08 18:13:01]


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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I, well technically my mom, payed for the full First Class fare.

Hey RoseFlyer, First Class seats fully recline 180 degrees and have those snazzy electronic ergonomic controls. Big grin

Again sorry for the snafu but thanks for supplying alternate sites. Big grin Also thanks for the compliments, glad you all enjoyed.  Big thumbs up

Sorry, KL808, I kinda was at a boarding school in Idaho...:o

[Edited 2005-02-09 02:03:30]


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2723 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I like on the air map for the midwest city they chose Cedar Rapids, IA. Why? Not many people know where Cedar Rapids is, why not Minneapolis or someplace more well known?? Oh well...
Continental


The airmap is dynamically updating all the time. It will choose cities from its database based on a set of criteria: eg that which you are directly overhed or within 10K, a radius of 75, 100, 150, 1500, 5000, etc. Hence, the selection of the cities can appear somewhat arbitrary, when in fact they are not. A car's GPS navagation does the same sort of thing on a small scale.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Aww man that is so cool, great pics too. Great to see u added the pictures in!!!

User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2464 posts, RR: 44
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report and nice pics .
Wow the food looks great made me hungry.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I like on the air map for the midwest city they chose Cedar Rapids, IA. Why? Not many people know where Cedar Rapids is, why not Minneapolis or someplace more well known?? Oh well...
Continental


I am guessing that it has nothing to do with distances and geography, but rather because the IFE system was manufactured by Rockwell Collins which is headquartered in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The person writing the code probably was just plugging his home city in.



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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Gah again sorry for the photo prob... Embarrassment


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineF27XXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

How is it that you gotto ride in First Class, while your mother and brother rode in the back?!

User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report. How come u got to fly first class while ur family was sitting in economy? lucky rat Big grin

Also, is it just me or are the first class seats the same as the business class seats?


User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well for one my mom and brother seemed content on flying Fiesta Class since it was short flight (as compared to doing LAX-HNL-MNL ) and didn't want to spend a penny on upgrades. I wish they could've joined me though, the cabin consisted of just Mr. Nievera behind me and a older lady in 1B with plenty of room to spare. Mabuhay Class was quite opposite though with upgraded Canadian gamblers filling up the cabin.

Anyhow indeed the seat designs do look similar but the First Class seat can recline 180 degrees and has lumbar support while the Mabuhay (Business Class) seat reclines only 12".

[Edited 2005-09-14 08:12:17]


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
25 Soups : Nice trip report, service looks fantastic
26 Post contains images MH017 : Nice trip-report and photo's to go along with your story !!! Didn't, actually, know they had full-traffic rights between LAS-YVR Good to know, you can
27 Semsem : Wow unbelievable that Phillipine Airlines fly from Las Vegas to Toronto. From LA I would understand but Las Vegas is a surprise.
28 Jambo : Good trip report and enjoyed the pics!. Definately got nice impressions of PAL.
29 Post contains images N751PR : I guess that's the beauty of 5th freedom rights. . YVR. Anyhow yes I was surprised myself when PR announced LAS. Out of all places, I was expecting O
30 StarAlliance38 : Cool TR! Grat job! I want to fly PAL!!!!! Are you Filipino? I am, both of my parents are Filipino. I'm trying to learn Tagalog
31 LASOctoberB6 : Hm.. I should think about flying PAL up to Vancouver.. I think I'd like that.. A lot
32 Agmyvr : interesting report....but a bit disappointed with the PR First Class..from seat to IFE to meal, the hard product seems like more than 15 years behind
33 Ronerone : wow! ... Why have i not accross this fabulous report before? A very rare trip report indeed! PR's F seats are similar to EK's J seats, only legroom is
34 UN_B732 : Just curious; how much is the F fare on LAS-YVR with PR? -A
35 Coolfish1103 : I would try PR if their fare is competitive in LAS-YVR. Do they serve drinks and/or meals in Fiesta class?
36 DALCE : a very interesting routing with a widebody aicraft. As I see in this report, we all learn every day Thanks for sharing! Joost ( D-ALCE )
37 Goldenshield : Look's like Martin's Wikipedia page is missing a photo. Perhaps you can fix that?
38 Post contains images N751PR : Gah, when I saw the title, I was hoping someone else typed up their own experiences but alas it turns out to be my old TR bumped up... Looking at this
39 Davescj : Great TR! Thanks for posting! Dave
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