Cebu Pacific vs AirPhilippines

I’ll be flying home from Palawan to Manila by the end of this month. Its already been a year since I last took a commercial flight. The last was from Air Philippines which, as I had always expected,  was delayed for few hours. I have had pretty disappointing experiences with AirPhilippines and PAL before when i used to travel locally with these commercial airlines. I can only count in my fingers the times when I flew on time with PAL/Air Phil. In contrast, Cebu Pacific was always on the dot. They only failed me once on my schedule. They were always on time. In fact, I was almost even left behind a flight from Davao to Manila because I was 10 minutes late from departure time. By the way, it was so embarrassing because all eyes were on me as I entered the aircraft, hehehe). Well, who would have thought that all pax were onboard even 15 minutes before the ETD? Anyway, my point is Cebu Pac is I believe very particular with time. Actually, if I’m not mistaken, they once had a commercial ad with “lolo”(old man with walking cane) which implied delayed flights of other airlines.

When I was in Cagayan De Oro, I bought an Air Phil ticket and asked the teller, who happens to be my friend, “why are AirPhil/PAL known for delayed flights.” She smiled and said “Yes, that’s how we care for our passengers?” I said, “HA?” Haluur?” She then explained that the main reason PAL/AirPhil delay its flight is because they always make sure that the aircraft is always in good condition. If pilots, crew and technicians noticed any minute deficiency, they will not fly the aircraft until it is fixed. That’s how they trade time with safety. I sighed for a moment and immediately paid my ticket. Was it true? or was it just a classic example of  loyalty to company? Does she mean Cebu Pac is less secure because they are on time?  What do you think?

Cebu Pacific versus Air Philippines? To whom will you fly?

Posted under Aviation,Travel by brix on Saturday 21 June 2008 at 9:35 am

6 Comments »

  1. Comment by nadya — November 1, 2008 @ 5:55 am

    PAL is far better

  2. Comment by har2 — April 6, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    well…

    i haven’t tried to ride with PAL…

    but i want to tried…

    CEBU PAC is nice…i tried to ride with it last dec…

    but the flyt was delayed by 2 hours but its ok…

  3. Comment by har2 — April 6, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    well…

    i haven’t tried to ride with PAL…

    but i want to try…

    CEBU PAC is nice…i tried to ride with it last dec…

    but the flyt was delayed by 2 hours but its ok…

  4. Comment by brix — April 13, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    I took a cebu pacific lately from Puerto Princesa City Palawan and was delayed for just 10 mins. the bad thing is they only allowed 15kls or lbs baggage unlike PAL or Air phil which was 20 lbs or kls(im not sure if its pounds or kilos). And an excess in baggage in cebu pac would cost you more than in PAL or Air phil. Go PAL and Air Phil 🙂

  5. Comment by christian — November 25, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    ummh i already rode those 2 and for me they are all best because they are filipino airline companies

  6. Comment by oddrhyme10 — October 2, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    lam mo ba kung bakit nadedelayed ung mga flight kc hinihintay nila ung katulad mo hahaah peace hehehe

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