Hey Bunga 777
For what it is worth, here is a testimony from one who travels transpacific 9x a year and about 40x intra-Asia.
Ive flown just about all them, (JL
) Contrary to my handle, Im not too attached to PAL. If you want proof, check out my trip reports regarding MH
Overall, I find the comments about PR
pretty harsh, if not misguided. I want to make it clear that Philippine Airlines is not Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, or Japan Airlines. As soon you resign to that, you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with PAL's offering. If you judge a flight simply by how they treat you as a traveller (that includes on the ground, in the air, and then again at arrival), you will find PALs product hard to beat. Ive never been treated any different on PAL as with SQ
. Always courteous, always warm, always friendly, and always re-assuring. The Plane Always Late is recycled propaganda thrown in for shi*s and giggles. Ive never had a problem with excessive delays and Ive taken PAL more than two dozen times. Food is always good, plane is always clean, and service is always consistent. Remember, there will always be princesses with unrealistic expectations and who think they deserve to be treated like royalty when in all reality, they are being treated fairly. More often than not, Ive been pleasantly caught off guard by some of the nice gestures and pleasantries extended to me that in the end of the day, make me feel like I am royalty. Heresay can be dangerous and I would take a lot of the comments here with a grain of salt. Where SQs, CX
's or JLs of the world shine is in their premium product (ie. First, Raffles, sleeper suites, elaborate lounges etc.). If you are travelling premium, then I would definitely go with those carriers. Otherwise, Economy is pretty much the same with any Asian carrier barring PTVs on some and not on others.
To your original point, OZ
offers the most convenience of the the three carriers based on the number of gateways and the number of possible connections from their hub cities. OZ
serves the most consistent product across the board, although I have experienced language issues on some flights. I never experienced this with PAL as English is almost the native tongue. If you can say 'Can I please have this, or can I trouble you to have that', I guarantee you will get the service you are looking for. If you want inflight entertainment, its a toss up. PTVs are not consistent at all (some have it in some aircraft, some dont) so its a throw of the dice. If you stack up the main programming however, and not consider execution (big screen in front of the cabin vs PTV), I would give it to PAL. Their Flights of Fancy entertainment programme is pretty impressive for main screen viewing. Food is consistent in all three airlines. It just depends if you have an inclination towards the airlines' home cuisine or if you stick with Western all the time. If you are a steak and potatoes kinda guy, PR
will be the airline for you. If you want exotic, Ive had really good meals with CI
. (Bi bim bap on OZ
is as they say 'to die for')
That said, its boils down to what aspect of the flight is it that floats your boat. Forget about safety. If you are comfortable with getting in your car day in and day out, you really shouldnt be wasting you time with that one. You can rack your brains with statistics or listen to those who say Airline A has had 5 accidents blah blah, youve just taken a lot of the fun away for flying.
One last thought. If pricing is consistent across the board, I guarantee you will not lose anything by picking one over the other. Its how you approach travel and make the best of what you have. If I had to give you my choice, it would be PR
, and CI
in that order. But they are pretty evenly matched. I gave you my opinion based solely on what I value most out of a flight
Good luck and safe travels