Well, just got back from Hong Kong after an enjoyable weekend. Hope you enjoy the report.
Flight Number: PR318
Scheduled Push-Back Time: 10:00 AM
Real Push-Back Time: 10:10 AM
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Date: May 9, 2002 (Friday)
This is a school trip, so me and my mom hopped into our car and drove to school. We then got onboard the school bus for the trip to Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport T2.
Arrived at the new terminal at about 7:45 AM. Passed through baggage screening quickly and entered the terminal, although much better than NAIA 1, it was still not up to date with even Taipei Chiang Kai-Shek Int'l Airport T2. Lines were long, but the staff worked quickly and efficiently and got to us. We requested for a Window, but was told none was available. I then asked the seating configuration for this aircraft. The lady answered 3-4-3. Definatly a 744. We got an aisle seat and also the seat next to it.
Paid the annoying airport and departure tax and went thru Immigration. The North Wing of NAIA2 was for International flights, which had about ten gates. Our aircraft, as I guessed a majestic jumbo jet, was parked at Gate N4. I grabbed a Sausage bun and juice and then sat down to watch planes.
Remember, this is NAIA2, so much of what you see is PAL and PAL and PAL and PAL. Beside all the PAL jets, I saw a CI 742F parked on the ramp. Work on the new NAIA3 was progressing on the opposite of NAIA2. In NAIA2, we saw three 744s parked in a row. I then figured out that we were going to take the first one, registered N751PR.
Sat down and opened my book by Lee Kuan Yew, 'From Third World to First'. I managed to catch a NW 744 rotating off the runway on its flight to Japan and a SQ 772 operating SQ71 to SIN departing soon after it.
Saw several small jets depart. But then there was a sudden line for departing planes. The Cebu Pacific 757 in special colors was taxiing, flanked by sistership DC-9s, Air Philippines 732s, and Philippine Airlines 733s.
Boarding started and a loooooong line formed. We finally entered the jumbo and sat down in our seats. I got a seat next to my coaches. My mom traded seats with my friend so that he could seat with me. This flight was about 93% full.
This was my first International flight with PAL. The Crew and pilot welcomed us aboard and told us that this was going to be a 1 hr 35 min flight. I was just expecting to get served Orange Juice and Peanuts, which they served on domestic runs between Manila and Cebu.
We pushed back and soon got on the runway for take off. I just spotted a Saudi 743, a CI 738, and a CI Cargo 747. The pilot put the plane on a steady climb, announcing that we had passed FL220 for FL350. I kept repeating in my mind what he would have said in the ATC, "Manila Tower, Philippine Three-One-Eight is at FL220 for FL350.
I will leave off here because it is already almost 11 PM and there's school tomorrow. Will be continued...