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Top 5 airlines serving Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl to Melbourne

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8.6
Singapore Airlines
Overall score based on 3,886 reviews
8.8
Boarding
8.5
Comfort
8.9
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.3
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "The rebalance was worst I've ever encountered I was actually scared I prayed many times 4 yo get home safely I was not impressed with my last flight n also why were We delayed coming from manila we turn back many times n I had only 50 mins to catch my flight to Perth if we had landed wen we should hv I'd hv time to buy some gifts I'm.glad that Philippines airlines will fly direct yo manila from Perth come March n I'll use them from now on as it's a few times in the years gone that things has happened to me I forgave ur airline but now i not need to as hv other airline to fly n my darling come here 3 or 4 times each year but will use Philippines airlines URS sincerely Trevor frahm"

Cons: "Boarding was delayed for 25 min and was no information for that. Otherwise everything was good"

Pros: "Great foods and services"
Cons: "The plane needs upgrade business class seats"

Pros: "crew handled the tough crowd well, but were not extremely hospitable"
Cons: "food was disgusting"

Pros: "All crew members are very friendly and helpful, good service."
Cons: "All over flight i feel good time, i don't feel boring all friendly staff, good service choice of food i like."

Pros: "Great crew and cabin!"
Cons: "Meals were just ok"

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Delays"

Cons: "Very tight space"

Pros: "loved d bnew 787 dreamliner planes. loved d medium haul biz class seats."
Cons: "everything is excellent frm d check in to d lounge to the plane , crew service , arrivals and lastly baggage handling ."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Staff are great and on board service was good. Boarding is always well organised from Changi however it was a full flight and as always half the passengers exceeded their carry on allowance. Rather than addressing this bags were flung everywhere no nowhere within your actual reach during the flight. Very annoying when you are a passenger who does the right thing."
Cons: "See above. No in flight entertainment makes you feel like you're flying with the low cost carrier rather than a full service airline."

Pros: "the boarding, the attention to detail exactly how i remembered Singapore Airlines from many times i travelled."
Cons: "The food was disgraceful, the entertainment, the quality of the movies was poor.."

Pros: "The cabin crew were fantastic. Food was abundant. Most boarding systems worked well. Choosing seats was confusing on website so we were allocated seating. The newer planes had a fantastic touch screen entertainment system. The seats on the newer planes were much more comfortable and roomy"
Cons: "The small seats are squishy on the older planes. The entertainment system on the older planes were dated and difficult to use. I felt sick after the flight to UK but felt fine coming home after one long flight on a newer plane."

Pros: "Movies selection was great."
Cons: "Food and comfort were not as great as I thought they would be. Not bad, but not worthy of the brand Singapore airlines."

Pros: "Espresso coffee, champagne, crew, headphones"

Pros: "So good to get on a flight where I can fit in the seats..."

Cons: "When refreshments were being served they did so in a hurry for some reason and missed passengers including myself. We had to call for an attendant to serve the refreshments who seemed a little annoyed at that."

Pros: "Excellent crew"
Cons: "My seat was very hard"

Pros: "Everything SIA stood for, we experienced it, despite the unfortunate delay which the ground crew couldn't have done much about."
Cons: "Unfortunate delay caused by technical issues. I'm just glad we found it on the ground, instead of in the air. But the delay was REALLY long."

Cons: "Hostesses not so pleasant"

Pros: "Staff worked very hard and were very helpful."
Cons: "The staff were run off their feet trying to help the families with babies and toddlers. The flight was not pleasant because of the crying and screaming children around us."

Pros: "EVERYTHING was great...from check in to the entire experience on board. Extremely friendly staff to delicious food and a great choice of beverages! Clean and tidy aircraft with lots of extra amenities. Pleasant flight, pleasant arrival. Always a great way to travel!"
Cons: ""Customs" at JFK came to an entire halt. All passengers where stuck in the welcome hall for 1h, without any information, why held there and why nothing was moving forward. All CBP booths were closed, but 8 (eight!) employees, who normally direct arriving passengers to the kiosk-machines where hanging out in two groups sharing private stories and having laughs instead of at least informing passengers, what was going on. Lots of passengers where outraged...a couple in their mid 70s in front of us had to sit down on the floor, since they had circulation problems from standing in line so long. Sadly, JFK isn't what it used to be anymore."

Pros: "easy check in process and the crew was awesome. friendly and attentive to all passengers. great food as well."

Pros: "Everyone was cold asking for blankets it was freezing on that plane only major complaint, I love the airlines, the flight attendants are lovely and gracious, they really do try. Such a nice treat after flying United airlines all year!"
Cons: "Too cold"

Cons: "This flight is on an old plane. The entertainment system was dated and the seats didn't recline properly. Food wasn't very good and they offered a very limited selection considering it is a 7-hour flight. Not worth doing Singapore Airlines business class for this leg."

Pros: "New plane"
Cons: "Nothing in particular"

Pros: "everything are okey"

Pros: "Prem econ very good. Crew very friendly."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "The attendants are pleasant to the eye, thats about it."
Cons: "I heard so many good things and was left disappointed. The service from staff try to help and be nice but some of them do not care at all, things like too busy to bring a beverage etc was a tad annoying. dont know if i will use them again"

Pros: "Crew service"
Cons: "Very old entertainment system. Poor screen visibility. Cramped"

Pros: "Crew was super nice. Amazed at collection of Chinese movies and music. Great alcoholic beverage selection."
Cons: "Hope that there were more time to order and enjoy beverages."

Pros: "Good reliable SQ service"
Cons: "I got the seat with communications box on the floor under the seat in front... no foot room :-("

Pros: "Main Entree hot"
Cons: "Cold bread; dessert similar sweetened gak"

Cons: "Headphones were not functioning properly"

Pros: "Made Econ class feel like biz :)"

Pros: "Cabin crew are always great"
Cons: "Cabin fitout is getting tired and dated. Etihad leaves it for dead in first class"

Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "spicy chicken too spicy!"

Pros: "Entertainment was great"
Cons: "The food is getting worse"

Pros: "On time. Attentive crew."
Cons: "Old TV screen that was difficult to see. Looked like it was from 1990. Limited movie selection."

Pros: "New plane"
Cons: "Food served 40 min after special meals"

Pros: "To be fair, my rating will be very high due to it being the first time flying Business Class on Singapore Airlines. Unfortunately it was a short flight so I didn't et a chance to experience the whole service properly as I needed. I felt like royalty with the service offered by your staff who consistantly came to check if everything was in order without making a nuisance. Fantastic food and beverage options too. Overall a great experience, but would have liked it to be a 12hr experience instead of 5."
Cons: "Flight was over too quickly."

Pros: "Good seats, personal TV with movies and good shows. They gave us socks, blamkets, pillows headphones, etc."
Cons: "The crew was chronically rude to me. They would skip me when handing out beverages to everyone. I was lied to and passed down the beaurocracy over issues with my Stopover Holiday packages. They lost my bags. In Hong kong, I was told the designated smoking area in the terminal was close and the steward encouraged me to go...I almost missed the flight even though I didn't even make it to where she directed me. It was not close, she was a liar. They lost my bags. They kept calling me sir despite my corrections and obvious female anatomy. They had no remorse or apologies for their errors"

Cons: "On my trip to Japan, the staff was incredibly rude. Horrible commendations. The controls didn't work. And the desert had mold in it."

Pros: "Always great and efficient service. Comfortable despite the limitations of the plane itself (don't particularly like Airbus planes)."
Cons: "Wish the food could have been better and the choice for dessert wider."

Pros: "Attentive Staff - Fabulous"

Cons: "Delayed two and a half hours! Scheduled flight to take off at 0010hours was already a no brainer. Taking off at 0330hours is a killer!"

Pros: "Everything on time."
Cons: "Nothing really bad one food on return flight not great but ok."

Pros: "None"
Cons: "All"

Pros: "Thank you flight itself was v good but not check in"
Cons: "Check in was terrible Long slow moving lines to just drop a bag! Can definitely improve as it is not like this anywhere any longer"

Pros: "They were very attentive and proactive."

Pros: "Size of seats and space in business"
Cons: "Food, service and limiting screaming children in business."

Pros: "Size of the seats, space"
Cons: "Older plane, mediocre service and food. And two screaming babies two rows ahead."

Pros: "Seat not comfortable but it was an airbus so that’s normal."
Cons: "Entertainment was unusable picture sounds skipping all over!"

Pros: "It was a wonderful flight. Crew was very friendly"

Cons: "Flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours for tire change. Stuff happens."

Cons: "Seats recline too much making difficult to get in or out because of the seat in front of you"

Cons: "Better food choices. Better entertainment options."

Pros: "Nothing was amazing."
Cons: "Again, seats were uncomfortable and cramped."

Pros: "Professional crew"
Cons: "Not enough leg room"

Pros: "Improve entertainment & Food"

Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Flight 30 minutes late"

Cons: "Seems like a simple thing but they should give Lao immigration paperwork out to passengers. No reason to not do this simple courtesy that all the other airlines do."

Pros: "Food & entertainment are okay like the usual."
Cons: "Crew were unusually very unpleasant & rude on this particular flight considering their airlines & the country are considered the land of smiles. They should've been more pleasing since the flight has been delayed for an hour due to some technical issues in the landing gear."

Cons: "Nothing I wish American domestic flights were as nice as Thai’s!!!"

Pros: "I like respect that worker in airplane did it"
Cons: "Food and price"

Cons: "On time departure and arrival."

Cons: "What i did not like most is the temperature inside the plane but am glad the airline provided blanket to warm our body."

Pros: "Plenty of leg room"

Pros: "Foods"
Cons: "Delay and the staff not so friendly (flight attend) Halal food have to provide"

Pros: "Means of transportation in Bangkok is well organized and very accessible."

Pros: "the flight was online, and the checking in process was fast and efficient"

Pros: "Everything was excellent."
Cons: "No problems!!!"

Pros: "Bangkok Melbourne leg was excellent. New plane. Was great. Great, friendly service."
Cons: "Same limited entertainment options and despite being a new plane would 3 degrees on the tilt of the seats kill you?"

Cons: "3 toilets out of order. Plane very old. Chilli food so hot inedible."

Pros: "Overall experience Staff"
Cons: "Eating time on tarmac Entertainment is oldish"

Cons: "Food is great!"

Cons: "I was assured of Bulk head ffom BKk to ZRH . Howrver in Manila they told to ask for Thai Reptentative. The head of Boarding crew told before the flight they would ask for a volunteer to exchange seat. They never did A German speaking Thai Disablef persons are not in Bulkhead. I am partially deaf.all the bulk head sits were given to Thai. The food were unpalatable.The worst I had.No tooth brushes no snacks in between. I will never fly this horrible airlines."

Cons: "Late departing, no gate, waiting, immigration jammed. Overall very bad."

Pros: "Friendly staff."
Cons: "Seat is too narrow and the recline is not ergonomically designed, i.e., uncomfortable. The entertainment portal is not user friendly. Food quality and variety seem to have declined."

Pros: "Very nice and friendly staff. We were fed a small meal on a very short flight."
Cons: "Ran an hour behind schedule. We boarded on time and then got delayed waiting for air traffic control. Landed about 40 mins later. Considering it an was an hour flight, a little annoying. We didn’t have another flight to catch or somewhere to be, but it could have been troublesome for others."

Pros: "Whole experience was excellent"

Pros: "The cabin crew was helpful and excellent service. The food was exceptionally good."

Pros: "The crew are very friendly and helpful. There was a variety of entertainment options, with recent films, tv shows and music options to keep you busy. I also thought the food options were good, too. You didn't go too long without being asked about a new beverage or meal, pretty satisfying."
Cons: "The comfort could have been better. I find myself a little fidgety on flights anyway but I also had a sore back and couldn't seem to find a way to get completely comfortable, but I have had worse!"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "All of the above mentioned service."
Cons: "All of the above mentioned service."

Pros: "Spacious leg room when seat is in an upright position"
Cons: "Headphone connection was bad. Crackling sound was constant...at times lost sound completely."

Cons: "Backpacks do not fit under the seat infront of you."

Pros: "Flight overall was pretty good. Flight crew were very helpful!"
Cons: "Need to have new movies. What they have on board are movies that dates back years ago and I have seen already!"

Cons: "Due to visa not being final I wasn't allowed on flight. I would appreciate any assistance with getting refund. Thanks"

Cons: "Seat cushion is hard and not comfortable"

Pros: "World class airline. Everything are world class. Worth to pay for this airline"

Pros: "Everything provided, lots of refreshments throughout the flight"
Cons: "Monitors were not the best for viewing movies. White wine was bitter."

Cons: "30 minutes out of Bangkok, there was a problem with the plane and we returned to the airport for repair. I absolutely value the priority on safety, but the 4 hour addition to my already long trip was painful."

Cons: "Guy was snoring like a wild animal."

Cons: "Waiting line for immigration at Manila airport"

Pros: "The flight was only an hour but the staff was crazy fast to get everyone a snack that was amazing. Hot food which is unlike American flights. Very tasty and the service was just good."

Pros: "Liked their food, movies."
Cons: "I didnt like the way they were late each time, boarding gates were such a mess and they never started on time, seats were not as good as I thought they would be."

Cons: "Chiang Mai lounge worn-out. Staff nonexistent. No alcohol. Snacks economy quality.Delay 30 minutes, no explanation given. No alcohol served on domestic flights in business? Seriously? Meal no choice. Entertainment nonexistent. Airshow only. The seats look like a 70s Sci Fi B movie set. In recline I kept kicking the seat in front of me. This was all on a one hour and ten minute flight. I'll never fly them long haul."

Pros: "Food was good. Seat ok and check-in done promptly."
Cons: "Crew, ground and air, could be a bit more friendly but it was acceptable. Arrival was later and baggage handling a bit slow too. Bag was well handled."

Pros: "Great crew"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "The crew is not so amazing and the food is not so good.They only serve pork and sea food..i don't eat those food for my religion and i asked for another food anything as long as i had something for im starving, for they never had another food to give? You mean i cannot have food while boarding the plane? Im starving and they don't gibe us any food to eat even if i asked them if theres anything . And that is a total not agreeable we are 3 people riding the plane myself and my kids and we did not have anything to eat. The crew is rude when I asked something instead of looking for another food is theres any. I paid for my flight including the food and i was not able to eat."
Cons: "Crew serving food should be nice and make sure that all passengers have food to eat especially if one, two or three or more doesn't eat pork and shrimp..if only i could i could transfer plane at that moment i will do it. Hope they will not feel the way i feel i was starving the whole flight.."

Pros: "The seat was not super comfortable but the crew was really lovely and so helpful!"
Cons: "More padding on the seat would have been nice"

Pros: "Seat was comfortable. Crew was not too attentive and kept forgetting to serve me food"
Cons: "Crew should be attentive to ALL passengers."

Pros: "Well fed and provided beverages on trip. Food not gourmet----but what do you expect? Crew was pleasant and helpful."
Cons: "Sure could use a little more leg room. I am 6'2"--so know I am taller than the average bear, but I think even a 5"8" man or woman finds the legroom a little tight---especially on a 15hr flight. On a 3 to 5 hour flight--OK. The legroom was durable--but you asked waht could be better and that point sticks out in my mind."

Pros: "Comfortable seats in Premium Economy."
Cons: "Seat didn’t recline but moved to a vacant one to sleep. USB charging points didn’t charge my iPad."

Pros: "They are amazing"

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "3 hours delay for a flight of 1 h 45 min"

Pros: "The seats are fairly comfortable, and the service was great."
Cons: "The economy seats are obviously not great. The extended legroom seats are still quite narrow, though the legroom is great."

Cons: "2:40 flight delay - terrible food and very limited choice on the entetainment system - a terrible airline"

Pros: "Efficient, courteous and early arrival"

Pros: "Just fine.."

Pros: "was upgraded to a very comfortable flat bed seat been a very long while a cx flight was on time"
Cons: "food quality and entertainment system choices are poor - flight attendants constantly on the pa for meaningless messages that given in languages"

Pros: "Crew were friendly and premium economy seats were spacious and comfortable"
Cons: "Clean the toilets more regularly. One time, the floor was wet and not much paper left in the holders."

Pros: "Crew was helpful but 1 crew forgot my dinner drink which was a hot tea drink."
Cons: "Maybe write down who ordered drinks while serving dinner tray.. if there were turbulence the crew can go back to that list then setve it when seat belt sign is off."

Cons: "flight delayed as always"

Cons: "flight delayed as usual"

Cons: "flight delayed as always"

Cons: "1h30 delayed as usual"

Cons: "90 minutes delayed"

Cons: "Delayed without notice."

Pros: "Service and plane"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Cleanliness and no disruptions"
Cons: "The crew were slow to clear the food trays"

Pros: "The upgraded seat to business class."
Cons: "Some staff still needs training, sinplying saying no, is not acceptable, finding a solution and working towards a resuloution is more acceptable. Better verbiage used, checking on food count making sure EVERYONE gets what’s printed on the menu. Asking everyone equally on the same roll is the rule of thumb."

Pros: "Somewhat disorganized bec. People lined up even if swat numbers have not been called."
Cons: "People trying to push their way in the line. Color coding of tockets associated with colored line coding may improve situation."

Cons: "Original itinerary was not followed. Plane from manila to hongkong left late and was transferred to a different flight for hongkong to Auckland .Seats not even together. Was put on 2 lay overs instead of just 1 (hongkong to Aussie then Aussie to Auckland. With no compensation at all. Sorry is not enough."

Pros: "their korean movies"
Cons: "they have worst coordination between airline crew and airport personnel who is in charge with services taking care for the handicap they forgot to board my aunt so i had to help my aunt board then the crew informed me i am not allowed to bring her in the plane and leave the wheelchair in the tube i had to bring her in the plane since my aunt was anxious other people in wheelchair was already brought in and she was left behind"

Pros: "Cathay is usually a solid airline to fly with. It’s comfortable even in economy and the staff is pleasant and usually efficient."
Cons: "The delayed boarding process and the bottleneck once people were boarding didn’t allow for the flight to depart on time."

Cons: "None in particular"

Pros: "The service"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "All"
Cons: "All"

Pros: "Food is ok."
Cons: "Washrooms are small and dirty."

Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "Older plane"

Pros: "Crew were excellent, taking the time to introduce themselves and always responding promptly to requests"
Cons: "Service at times seemed a little disorganised. A minor issue though when compared to the overall service"

Pros: "Clean plane"
Cons: "Seat won't recline"

Pros: "food was awesome. the seats were pretty comfortable. the in-flight crew were always so helpful and smiling. there was quite a collection of movies to choose from which is nice."
Cons: "The ground staff at the departure lounge were most of the time chatting or walking in circles and chatting. Also they were not as organized nor as accomodating than expected. Kinda shows a lesser level of professionalism than the crew in other countries."

Pros: "Food better than qantas Good leg room Very attentive attendants Good range of movies"
Cons: "It was pretty good for the price"

Pros: "Flying beats driving"

Pros: "Everything! Very organized!"
Cons: "Nothing!"

Cons: "I was seated at the last seats and by the time it was my turn to choose from the menu, there was none left but just one option for me. Hope Cathay pacific will add extra food selections to accommodate passengers in the last seats."

Pros: "The crew assisted my wife on boarding the plane."
Cons: "Because of her condition we should get more legroom for her."

Pros: "Comfortable seats, clean toilets, great service"
Cons: "Entertainment system is a little bit outdated. Not as good as was on the other flight where you can search for movies by keyword."

Pros: "I managed to miss my flight in Hong Kong (my mistake) and Cathay managed to get me onto the next flight. Thanks Cathay!"

Pros: "Service and courtesy"

Pros: "In-flight entertainment"
Cons: "Small portion of food"

Pros: "Everything was fantastic all services was really awesome. It was my first time to flight Cathy and i was amazed"

Pros: "A350 is great."
Cons: "Service was not that great for business class a"

Pros: "Food was nice"
Cons: "Seat was uncomfortable, something was dripping on me by the end of the flight, could have been condensation? The passenger behind me had his shoes off the entire flight and put his feet in the space beside me near the window. His feet smelt like vinegar and sweaty socks. The passenger beside me was overweight and he spilled into my seat partially. All of this did not make for a comfortable flight but thankfully it wasn't too long."

Cons: "My Son's water bottle was emptied despite my protests that nobody at any airport has ever done such a thing. The water had even been okayed by the Hongkong airport 1st security point after we landed in HKG from Delhi. But the there was additional checking of handluggage again just before boarding and they threw away my Son's water. This is unacceptable. Also the food was not up to quality. I got practically the same food in both meals."

Cons: "Leg room us bad especilly when the one in front of you recline the seat"

Cons: "Seats need better padding"

Pros: "Yes, crew was friendly, efficient, & helpful."

Pros: "Premium economy is awesome. Roomy with great entertainment features. First Class @ premuim economy class."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "crew was efficient, the taipei to ontario leg is more comfortable than taipei manila which has a linger leg room"
Cons: "improve food with better choices"

Pros: "In-flight was confortable."
Cons: "Food options aren't that familiar but ok to the taste anyway. :)"

Pros: "Good service food was okay for a short trip"
Cons: "No comments"

Cons: "This was my first time travelling with China airlines and this trip was our honeymoon so we were really excited for this trip but after flying with China Air, I dont think I will fly with them again. Flight attendants were really rude, Food was ok, There’s no selection of drinks"

Pros: "Comfortable plane and a good price"
Cons: "Long queues for check in at Manila - I should have checked in online. Boarding was chaotic and people were getting stressed - maybe people could line up in seat row order to make the boarding process smoother."

Pros: "The Crew was Awesome"

Pros: "Food was good flight was on time"
Cons: "It was good"

Cons: "Good news they have a MENU for the people"

Pros: "Size and clarity of entertainment screen on economy."
Cons: "Quality of earphones are low. Food could be better too."

Pros: "The Flight was awesome in all aspects, And the Seats were exceptionally comfortable"

Pros: "The tall male agent from boarding was very helpful and attentive. When I mentioned to him that I do have a medical condition, he immediately assisted me without hesitation. Found a more comfortable seat for me and boarded me first. I wish I could remember his name, he only has a two initials name."
Cons: "Honestly, all is the best! I would fly China Airlines again!"

Cons: "My luggage was damaged in both directions."

Pros: "Food, crew, handicap assistant, stewardess"
Cons: "No screen/tv"

Pros: "Excellent customer service"
Cons: "15-20min delay to board"

Cons: "Dirty"

Pros: "Friendly airline staff. Ease of obtaining boarding pass at the counter. Clean, modern aircraft. Thanks China Airlines!"
Cons: "As with all airlines, the "the hurry up and wait" processes associated with getting onto the plane are tiring."

Cons: "- The check-in counters opened at least 30 minutes late. The agents arrived late, they seemed to be having a good time and didn't feel the need to explain the reason for the delay nor apologize for it. - On my flight to Manila from Los Angeles, I did not check in any luggage. I had a carry-on and a backpack that fit perfectly well into the overhead bins and underneath the front seat. On my flight from Manila to Los Angeles, I was not allowed to take the same set on board because the total weight exceeded 7 kg. This put me in a bind because the heaviest item I had was my small LCD monitor which was in my backpack. I had to put it into the carry-on with wheels which I had to be checked-in. I would have prepared to carry it in my backpack because it is a fragile item. When I was told to sign a document that absolves the carrier of any liability for the checked-in luggage and I refused, the China Airlines Duty Officer in Manila informed me that unless I sign the document, my luggage will not be loaded on the plane. I felt extremely frustrated by the attitude of the Duty Officer who didn't hesitate to threaten me and insisted that the rule was imposed on them by the TSA in the US. Instead of helping me work out a solution to the difficulty I was facing, he simply walked away with a dismissive attitude."

Pros: "Entertainment was very good. Lots of movie selections."
Cons: "Only serving tea and coffee for breakfast."

Cons: "Smell was so bad"

Cons: "2 hrs delayed in our first flight and one hour in our connection"

Pros: "Great service and food."
Cons: "30min Delay boarding and 30min delay on take-off."

Pros: "Cabin fitout is cozy and comfortable. Great service onboard and free WiFi for Premium customers"
Cons: "Taoyuan airport facilities"

Pros: "Flight quicker than I thought... Which we loved"
Cons: "Custom exit procedures"

Pros: "Transfer is excellent."
Cons: "Flight delays"

Pros: "Checking in from Manila was excellent. The staff was nice and accommodating. The food was good. The flight was on time."
Cons: "My ears were painful the whole time probably because it was a small aircraft."

Pros: "Boarding was organized by zones. Pretty smooth and quick."
Cons: "Having to checkin a carry on that was supposedly bulky when a) many people had backpacks at the same time as a hard case carry-on and b) this was the same carryon my son had on the outbound. Supposedly, FAA is more strict going into the US. The supervisors in the Manila-Taipei (10:45AM Jan 3, CI702) were very petty and inconsistent. The laptop backpack and carryon bag were already weighed and they demanded to re-weigh them."

Pros: "It’s takes s long time checking in due to long lines."
Cons: "Sits are too small and wish better choices for the food they serve."

Pros: "Entertainment"
Cons: "Comfort I have long legs..."

Pros: "The staff was very efficient. They even helped wrap my broken bag. Thank you for that extra mile!"
Cons: "I was pleased with everything."

Pros: "Everything went fine"
Cons: "None. Business is good!"

Pros: "China air delivers on price and has new aircraft. I love flying China airlines they do a great job with small layover time"

Pros: "Comfortable flight, decent seat size, decent leg space, lots of movie and TV options"
Cons: "Outdated entertainment system on a330, food is lackluster, overhead bins in a330 can be a little hard to reach. Maybe not an issue on newer planes? Tight aisles. Leg space could be a little bit better. Non adjustable headrest (height wise). Poor boarding procedures at manila but that's a given"

Pros: "Crew are courteous and efficient and food was good"
Cons: "Check isn't organized at all"

Cons: "Plane delayed 7 hours for a maintenance problem and all I got for my wait was a $25 voucher. That is an insult!"

Cons: "Our flight was delayed for 8 hours"

Pros: "Lot of food, good entertainment selections, friendly"
Cons: "Did not appreciate the Delayson the flights, and this is annoying that you are making me type a certain amount of characters for a review"

Cons: "Originating flight in Manila to Taipei to connect to our SFO flight was cancelled late in Manila due to 'technical' issues (waiting in terminal, 4 hours past scheduled departure, which meant missing our connection to SFO), and the ensuing parade through having to stay in Manila overnight (on CA's dime, plus food), then rushed back to the airport the following morning (very short notice), then to have to wait again as CA figured out how to get a previously scheduled flight into the flight plan management systems, and obviously without a proper method to coordinate this sort of thing - ultimately all of this lack of 'control' over their situation, lead to a feeling that China Airlines does not know how to contend with interruptions, or how to make their customers feel informed so that they may be more understanding. In the future - flying Eva - even though this was the first ever event of this type I have had flying China Airlines. Eva provided both meal vouchers and boxes of candy to each and every customer affected while we awaited our flights to our final destinations. CA was silent - and also very absent when we arrived in SFO and went to collect our baggage - again Eva being the party taking action and responsibility to help us get our bags, with 1 of 3 damaged by CA handlers). Bad image CA, bad image."

Pros: "Professional staff"

Pros: "Very nice short trip."
Cons: "nothing."

Pros: "Good seats"

Cons: "Everything."

Pros: "Very good service"

Pros: "Lay over too long"

Pros: "Never rebooted entertainment after it shut off until we were ready to land and left it in boarding mode"

Pros: "Flight was late, service was poor and flight attendants were not friendly ( spoke to me in Chinese and not English), didn't receive any privileges as a Silver Medallion Skymilet on all flights and SkyMiles were not given."
Cons: "Worst Skymiler Partner . Poor customer service and inflight service."

Pros: "Plane was clean and staff were accommodating."

Pros: "The plane was on time ,all good"
Cons: "A little more leg room... but all in all. Not to bad"

Pros: "Seat was comfortable!"

Pros: "Since it was over booked, my seat was upgraded to business class."

Pros: "Food and service were good, so was inflight entertainment"
Cons: "Plane VERY crowded Although it left Manila on time, it arrived 1 hour late in Toronto"

Cons: "Manila airport"

Pros: "Service food comfort.."
Cons: "Beyond our control it was a bit torbulent over Jap an for almost 2 hours but asido from that my trip was perfect!"

Pros: "Check in counter crew was very courteous and efficient."
Cons: "One of the departure boarding counter staff was rude and crass where i lined up, held up the line for over 5 minutes going over just 1 passenger's ID and boarding pass. Poor IFE and inedible snack."

Pros: "Flight was on time. No stop over, because it is a direct flight."
Cons: "The choice on the menu is not available, the bread was not given to us, because they run out, no apple juice because it run out too. Drinking water served, it is warm.They should offer some ice cubes or ask the passengers if they want ice... Other airlines, serves different juices through out the flight. Crew not communicating at all. Doesn't say anything or serve you with a smile."

Pros: "Overall experience and the room in economy was execellent."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Services"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Well organize & very courteous.."
Cons: "So far no complaint"

Pros: "I thought all taxes already included . then they asked me to pay the travel tax...peso 1620."
Cons: "Include the travel tax or watn clients the tickets included all taxes except the Philippine Travel Tax for tesidents of Philippines."

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Smiling crew"
Cons: "Boarding guidelines shoul be enforced more"

Pros: "It was like most other flights ie it was fine. Above average overall."
Cons: "A big negative was the transit lounge in Manila. Between 2 Philippine Airline flights we had an 8 hour layover in the Manila transit lounge. Not impressed at all. There were about 4/5 staff but they sat outside the lounge & did nothing to control the passengers & keep them quiet /organised. The lounge was very crowded, very noisy & there was only water to drink & nothing to eat. For 8 hours! The very least should be to supply more seating & a facility where passengers can order coffee/tea & snacks. Also there was only 1 ladies toilet, so always occupied. The lounge Definately needs an urgent upgrade in facilities then I would consider flying Phillipine Aiines again."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nearly threee hour tarmac delay. Every time I fly with them there is a horrible delay."

Pros: "Everything was good."
Cons: "Some times allow more Kg of Baggage."

Cons: "It was Xiamen airlines again so bad"

Cons: "huge delay"

Pros: "Great staff very nice and enterianment system at each seat was very good."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Excellent"
Cons: "I need more legroom."

Pros: "Friendly Staff"
Cons: "Seats are too Small"

Pros: "The prompt boarding and courteous staff."
Cons: "Nothing!"

Pros: "It has a USB charging port, and it wasn't too full."
Cons: "When we arrived, we sat on the runway for about an hour."

Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "Getting off the flight."
Cons: "More often than not, Philippine Airlines has been our airline of choice because we found their rates to be fair and flights direct and easy. Despite the fact that the PAL terminal was pretty poor, and the food on board was never really decent, we remained loyal to PAL for quite a few years. On our way back to Melbourne from Manila on June 17, Saturday, Colin, Hendrix and I were awaiting boarding at gate 10 for flight PR 209. Having flown with PAL from Melbourne to Manila (as well as with another airline from Manila to Manchester and back), we understood that the usual procedure was to allow passengers with infants to board first. Due to the lack of order (there were no clear queues in sight), Colin decided to ask 3 different PAL personnel if there was, indeed, a priority queue for people travelling with infants. ALL THREE PERSONNEL ASSURED US THAT THEY WERE NOT YET BOARDING AND THAT WE WOULD BE CALLED UPON PRIOR TO THEM LETTING ANYONE ELSE ON THE PLANE. 2 minutes later, a PAL personnel appears with signage that reads certain row numbers and begins to call out to ALL PASSENGERS FOR BOARDING. Colin swiftly rushes to the front (me and baby in tow) and demands an explanation as to why we were told one thing but are watching them act upon something completely different. I wish I was joking when I tell you that the personnel just stared blankly at us and then carried on checking boarding passes. No apologies, no explanation offered. As soon as we boarded, Colin turned to the first flight steward he saw and asked for a complaint form and told this could ONLY be done online, to which Colin requested we be given the email/web address upon take off. The seats assigned to us were on the right most side of the aircraft, a window and a middle seat. As Colin was placing our bags in the overhead compartment, the steward called to Colin from across the aisle (past the 3 seats in the middle of the plane) to introduce the purser, Jolly Bello. Please note this was happening while people were also trying to get past and get to their seats -and Mr. bello called out across the aisle, "I heard you have a complaint??" to which Colin, baffled, replied "yes do you want to come over here so we aren’t shouting over these people?". Colin yet again told this purser what the complaint was about and was asked (verbatim) "so would you like to make a complaint against THEM?" Would the correct protocol not be to 1. Apologise for any confusion, miscommunication or poor service, 2. Take some responsibility and acknowledge the complaint and 3. Maybe come approach us AFTER TAKE OFF and not while everyone is trying to board the plane? We are no longer choosing Philippine Airlines."

Pros: "Most things went smoothly and the return leg arrived 20 minutes early"
Cons: "Late change of gate for opening leg"

Pros: "Smooth trip"
Cons: "Narrow seat and no leg room"

Cons: "need better control in boarding...passengers that were called to board at the very beginning couldn't get to the front of the line because everybody is already in line. Need to advise passengers that boarding is based on seating assignments and enforce it."

Pros: "Very nice and friendly"

Pros: "Good"
Cons: "Good"

Pros: "I like that the plane was not very full and I had no seatmate beside me. The staff were attentive to the needs of the passengers."
Cons: "There was nothing I didn't like."

Cons: "Taking 2 shuttle buses, transferring."

Pros: "Not so crowded!"
Cons: "Not reclining seat."

Cons: "Terminal 2 Manila is really going down the drain check in one row, immigration endless inside depart only one toilet to s eve a totally overcrowded check in Zone, not sure who the genius is deciding to close down additional toilets on one of the most busy travel days"

Pros: "Everything no complaints."

Cons: "Unexpected pit stop added stress to our trip."

Pros: "We arrived safely."
Cons: "The seats on Philippines airlines are too narrow."

Cons: "Traffic getting to the airport. Advice to others is allow plenty of time getting into manila"

Pros: "The crews (all crews)"
Cons: "Can't watch the tv cause no earphone"

Pros: "Comfortable seating."

Pros: "Philappo all very nice"
Cons: "nothing i didnt like"

Cons: "None"

Pros: "Frienly service"
Cons: "Small seatsi big man"

Cons: "Always delay never been on time"

Cons: "It was an A330 plane and the configuration was 3-3-3. Usually, it's 2-4-2. This is not the way if you want to be a 5-star airline in 2020."

Cons: "Budget air because knee space is very tight."

Pros: "Pretty much nothing"
Cons: "Wanted to upgrade & was denied due to price being promotional fare which I don't believe was explicit @ time of purchase. In any event even though I was willing to pay was denied & entire process from checkin to boarding was terrible. THEN when bags were put on conveyor they were placed with no concern & I literally saw one TEAR OPEN on the belt! Mine ended up at the wrong carousel. Lovely."

Cons: "Very bad, delay 90 minutes"

Pros: "clean and well maintained"
Cons: "everything was great"

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