Over at Plurk yesterday, I asked my friends which airline they preferred – Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific – and the ensuing thread got a few interesting answers.Let us attempt to point their differences, one by one:
CebuPac: Cebu Pacific’s aggressive marketing makes it appear that they’re the budget airline to beat. Promos for seat sales are announced almost every week. There was only one time that I availed of their zero fare, and that was unluckily when Typhoon Milenyo struck. Ticket was non-refundable. Since then, I haven’t booked for a CebuPac promo which are always filled up anyway.
PAL: The silent player in the price wars. Some people attest to the fact that PAL fares come out even cheaper than the much-hyped offerings of its competitor. It’s now offering Econolight which is priced cheaper than Fiesta Class and comes with no meals, only 15 kg baggage allowance and you will be seated at the back. Still, its meant for the market segment dominated by its rival.
PAL : Perceived to have newer fleet than the other, even though it is Asia’s oldest airline.
CebuPac: Younger (pilots and flight attendants.)
PAL: Older 😀
CebuPac: Their listing doesn’t appeal to me, as the offerings seem to be dominated by its sister company, Universal Robina Corp. I prefer a hot, prepared meal, not some wrapped biscuits or noodles. So I’d really rather just buy the water!
PAL: My family (especially the kids) had a nice in-flight meal during our last trip to HK so I’d give PAL points for this one. I won’t mind paying a few hundred pesos for the pleasure of being served a decent meal onboard.
CebuPac: Budget fares are applicable for persons of all ages.
PAL: Discounts for kids (be sure to ask the next time you travel).
CebuPac: SMILE. Looks like they try to pack a lot of topics in one issue but I enjoyed reading them the last time.
PAL: Mabuhay has a good, classic layout but the articles are a bit pretentious. Sometimes they feature places which I wouldn’t even dream of going, despite the pictures.
CebuPac: Flight 387 which crashed on Feb. 2, 1998
PAL: No major accidents since 1994, but you can look at this
PAL wins with me on its newer fleet and its food.
Cebu Pacific wins with me for smoother landings and take-offs, although I’ve had horror stories from my friends about their flights being diverted elsewhere or being rough.
On time reliability:
CebuPac: the 69.1% on time performance posted on its website at present is a bit dismal, I think
PAL: It used to be Plane Always Late before. My flights with them have never been delayed though.
You may comment on this one 😀