A holiday in the bustling city of Manila begins at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, named after the Filipino hero who was assassinated on the tarmac during the 80s. Banks, coffee shops, and a post office can be found on site. A little farther along is Dampa, where customers can enjoy the freshest seafood cooked in soup, fried, or barbecued.
Passengers can also enjoy freshly-cooked food on-board Cathay Pacific, one of the first airlines to have skillets, toasters, and rice cookers on its planes. “In-flight magic” is provided by StudioCX entertainment system, featuring personal TVs, Asian films, and Audio/Video on-demand. Power for laptops is supplied, too, and “shell” seats make sure each passenger has personal space.
A relaxing Manila flight on Eva Air includes “shape-memory” cushions, adjustable headrests, and bottom seats that move forward as the seats are reclined, providing a more natural sitting position. It won the Trusted Brands Platinum Award 2008 (Reader’s Digest), and received High Honors in Customer Satisfaction from readers of Wanderlust.
From London (Heathrow), Manila flights are offered by Thai Airways, with a stopover at Bangkok. Demonstrating that "not all economy classes are created equal," passengers get wide seats, free toys, pillows, blankets, and a selection of wines. Complimentary orchid corsages for ladies add a special touch.
Established in 1969, Korean Air has earned worldwide praise for Best Customer Service in the Japan/Pacific/Asia/Australia region (Freddie Awards 2008), Best Economy Class (Skytrax World Airline Awards 2007), and Best First/Business Class and Best Frequent Flyer Program (Time Readers’ Travel Choice Awards 2006), among others. With KAL Premium Care Service, an attendant will guide the passenger from the check-in counter to the boarding gate arrival. They even provide baggage-wrapping services to prevent damage.
Manila flights from Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, and Newcastle are offered by Emirates, with stopovers in Dubai.