Hey guys! This is the 3rd and last part of my "50 Days in Asia with a 5-Star Airline Trip Report" It took a while to make the 3rd part since school started and I didnt have the time to make it, so here it goes..
Other parts of the trip report:
50 Days In Asia W/ A 5-Star Airline: Part 1 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
50 Days In Asia: Island Paradise, Part 2 (pics) (by JetBlue777 Sep 19 2010 in Trip Reports)
This part will only include my flights with Asiana, I will make a separate trip report for my PR
flight in the Philippines
After spending nearly 2 months in my home country, it was time to go home to New York. It was an amazing experience seeing my grandparents, cousins and other relatives as well as experiencing the beaches in Boracay Island. After spending 10 days in Manila, it was time for our flight back to JFK
. Our flight to ICN
will depart at 12:50PM, we woke up at 6AM, went down to the hotel lobby and had a quick breakfast. After breakfast, we prepared ourselves, packed our bags and headed out to the airport. We were met by a hotel representative at the hotel lobby and he guided us to the van that would take us to MNL
operates at NAIA's terminal 1, where all international airlines are. Terminal 1 is old, cramped and shabby but it serves its purpose. The drive was about 30 minutes, so in no time we were dropped by the driver at NAIA 1. The funny thing was we entered at the Priority Lane for Business Class passengers, oh well, when they checked our tickets the lady didnt say a thing. Pre-security was relatively fast, as usual, unfriendly staff at the airport. We searched for OZ
's check-in area with the help of a friendly gentlemen. We were actually the 2nd one who got into the OZ
check-in area, it was still closed so we had to wait. We were at the airport by 8:19 AM
, and the check-in desks were due to open by 9:30AM
, so we were very EARLY. Anyways, we were standing there when a friendly airport agent that worked for OZ
gave seats to the elderly and women, so it was a nice thing of him. Time went by fast and check-in desks started to open.
On our way to the airport
Terminal 1 of MNL
People lining up for JetStar to SIN
- the check-in desks were due to open at 9:30AM
Priority Check-In for US-Bound Passengers
Their little presentation - a very nice touch
US Bound Passengers
Before they started accepting people for check-in, they had a little random presentation, they were basically welcoming passengers and thanking them for flying with Asiana Airlines. A very nice touch!
They had a separate line for passengers who were bound for the United States, the family in-front of us was also going to the US, they were 2 desks for US bound passengers, they went to the first one, we went to the latter.
The agent was very friendly. She was very accommodating to us and she showed real smiles! I asked her if 10A and B (bulkhead seats) were available:
"Hello, is 10A and B available?"
"Hold on, let me check."
She went away and went to the Asiana Club line, seconds later, she came back
"I'm sorry, those are reserved for high milers only, I could give you 11A and B. would that be okay.?"
"Sure, that would be good."
She processed our boarding passes and handed it. Unfortunately, she placed my OZ
instead of my UA
Mileage Plus and I realized that when we were at the gate area. Anyways, I got my miles transferred to my UA
account weeks later.
She weighed in our baggage and unfortunately, one of our luggage was overweight. She said that we could transfer some of the weight to our other bag, thankfully, my mom bought an extra bag so we transferred some of the weight to that bag. An OZ
staff came to us and actually helped us with our luggage problem! He helped us transfer our stuff and weighed in our luggage. The OZ
agents tried their best so we don't have to pay fees and they even helped us with it! Thumbs up to Asiana!
After checking-in, we went to the immigration area. Since my mom is an OFW Worker and I'm not, I have to go to a separate line and pay for the terminal fee. Terminal fee was 750PHP, which was a bit steep considering the terminal is shabby and old. We proceeded to the gate area and waited for the boarding time. My mom fell asleep since she had some tummy issues while me, being an aviation freak went around the terminal and took tons of pics. There was a KLM 772 boarding for AMS
. The gate area got more crowded and boarding time came.
On our way to the gate area
Duty Free Area with the "Nice and Stylish" Blue floor
Old and run down. They seriously need to move Int'l flights to the "new" terminal 3
Boarding - KLM 772 to AMS
KLM 777 again
747 to HKG
Ready for departure
Mandarin E190 to Kaohsiung
Ready for departure to AMS
KLM 777 and a little insect
Definitely is! OZ
competes with KE
on the MNL
has 2 daily flights to ICN
, A321 and A330-300.
Wildlife in action @MNL
744 from HKG
, sorry for the blurriness
A333 taking off to TPE
There she goes again
Gulf Air A332 to BAH
. I like this pic
747 taxiing for take-off. CX
has a huge presence here in MNL
, it's the biggest international carrier besides PR
Our A/C arriving
At around 10 minutes before 12PM, HL7741 operating as OZ
701 arrived from ICN
. This time it was an older A330 with the older OZ
livery. HL7441 taxied to Gate 11 then passengers started to disembark. Boarding began at 1215PM, first with Business Class Passengers, Star Alliance Gold Members and passengers that needed assistance boarding the A/C. We were seated on the 2nd row of economy class, hence, we will be among the last to board the A/C.
10 minutes later, they announced that they are now welcoming all remaining passengers, we walked to the podium and a friendly OZ
agent tore our boarding passes and wished us a pleasant flight. We walked through Door 2L where we were greeted by the head purser as well as 2 other FAs. She guided as to our seats, 11A and B, the 2nd row of economy class.
It's a cultural thing.