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Philippine Airlines A320 Business Class CEB to MNL

My time in Cebu was fun and I couldn’t wait to fly back home. I once again flew PAL Business class back home. The flight itself wasn’t spectacular. It’s what you would expect from a narrow-bodied aircraft flying domestic routes.

That being the case, it was still a decently enjoyable flight.

TL; DR

PROS: Hospitable crew that was quick and attentive, and a new lounge that was big and very comfortable.

CONS: mediocre food service, IFE does not work.

Booking 

I booked this flight similar to my MNL-CEB flight. It was originally economy and I bid PHP2,000 to upgrade to business.

I can’t emphasize enough that you should try and bid to upgrade to business when you can. It’s a neat way to make your flight extremely worth it!

Check-In

I got to the airport a bit early just to see the new Plaza Premium lounge. Fortunately, the check-in process was smooth and I was quickly on my way to the lounge.

Lounge

When I arrived, I was surprised by how big the lounge was and the fact that I had UNLIMITED access to it thanks to my Citibank Prestige card.. Not to mention how professional it looked. It wasn’t as extravagant as other international airline lounges, but it’s certainly up there when it comes to airline lounges in the Philippines.

I talked deeper about the lounge in a separate review. Check that out here!

Plaza Premium Lounge Interior

Boarding 

Business-class passengers were instructed to enter the aircraft first. The boarding ramp is a really interesting sight when it’s just you walking on it.

Boarding Gate

I was greeted by a handsome young flight attendant and he promptly pointed me to my seat.

Plane Entrance

Seat Cabin and Amenities

PAL Business Class in the A320 has the economy seats and the business seats separated by a curtain. The seats are arranged in a 2-2 layout that looks and feels pretty tight.

A320 Cabin

The seats were around 23 inches wide and also had a seat pitch of 39 inches. It was pretty standard for a domestic business class flight. When you look at it from a different perspective, It’s very similar to a glorified version of the standard premium economy seats found in other aircraft.

A320 Business Class Seats

There was a small seat-back IFE screen that didn’t work and a small pouch in front.

Business Class Seat Back IFE Screen

The seat itself was fine, since the flight wasn’t really meant for relaxation. It was supposed to be a quick flight back home.

Service

Welcome Drink and Hot Towel

As I entered the plane and got settled, the flight attendants offered me a glass of water and a lukewarm towel. 

There wasn’t much to talk about. The service was so-so. We passengers didn’t need much of anything. Flight attendants were attentive, yet a bit too distant.

Since this was a morning flight, they offered us some palabok and longganisa, a bowl of cereal and fresh fruits. The food tasted alright. Though the cereal was already soggy. 

Business Class Meal Service

Overall Impression

This business class flight with PAL doesn’t have anything special going for it. The food was mediocre, the service was fine, and the ground experience was fairly nice. 

That said, this is how most domestic flights are, and although it severely lacks the luxury factor, it does provide what we need: a comfortable way of traveling by air.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed my trip to Cebu and PAL did a great job in making sure that my trip to and from there was as smooth and worth it as possible.

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