Philippine Airlines

The flag carrier of the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is also Asia’s oldest airline. The airline flies to over 50 destinations around Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Europe in addition to many domestic flight routes within the Philippines. The airline was established in 1935, although it did not operate its inaugural flight until 1941. Philippines Airlines continues to grow in the present day after suffering greatly during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and strives to become one of Asia’s leading carriers. The airline has its own frequent flyer program called Mabuhay Miles offering exclusive perks including access to the luxurious Mabuhay Lounge at select airports. The main hub of the airline is Ninoy Aquino International Airportwith secondary hubs at Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Luzon Clark International Airport close to Manila.

*This information is correct as of January 2017

Why Fly with Philippine Airlines

How to Check in

Travelers flying with Philippine Airlines have the option to check-in seamlessly online in order to beat the queues or do things the conventional way by checking in at the airport. The online check-in tool is open from 24 hours up to 1 hour before scheduled departure times and is available on all flights except those to and from Dubai and from Xiamen in China. The airline advise that those wishing to check-in in person at the airport should arrive at a designated check-in counter at least 3 hours before international flights and 2 hours before domestic flights, and all counter close 45 minutes before departures.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Philippines Airlines allow passengers to bring along baggage as part of the fare, although how much you are allowed depends on your flight route and cabin class. For most flights in and around Southeast Asia, Economy passengers can bring 30kg of baggage and Business Class passengers can check-in 40kg. For flights to and from the Middle East, Economy passengers are entitled to two items of baggage no heavier than 23kg each, while those in Business Class can bring two pieces up to 32kg each. All excess baggage will incur additional charges which vary according to your flight. Be sure to check directly with the airline for accurate information about baggage allowances on your flight.


Philippine Airlines offer a standard Economy Class in addition to a luxury Business Class. Those in Economy are able to enjoy between 31-33 inches of legroom, while Business Class travelers can stretch out and make the most of between 45-70 inches of legroom - be advised that seating can vary according to the length of your flight. All passengers are given the option to select a seat in advance for an additional fee which differs depending on your destination. For example, flights to London or the United States charge around 75AED* for the privilege to reserve your seat. Looking to compare Business and Economy? Check out our guide to Business class versus Economy class.

* These prices are converted from USD to AED and correct as of January 2017. Always check with the airline for the most up-to-date price conversion.

On Board Service

Passengers on board Philippine Airlines flights over 45 minutes are served complimentary meals, snacks and drinks in all cabin classes. Those in Business Class are treated to a diverse menu comprising a fusion of many culinary cultures such as Japanese, Western and Filipino food.

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