Earlier this week, I had my first chance of flying Philippine Airlines after the hiatus around flight cancellations due to employee strikes condemning the (already started effective October 1) outsourcing plans of ground crew (Sky Logistics), in-flight meals (Sky Kitchen) and call center operations (SPI).
One of the things I always look forward to for PR flights is the hot meal service. I was surprised and it indeed was my first time to receive a box from the flight attendant.
The box contained two set of salted crackers, pack of dried mixed fruits, caramel bar and utensils. We were offered no choice in food (they used to offer choice between meat and fish or sometimes between two types of meat) and was served with a "chicken inasal". If you've been following my posts where I usually show what they served me at certain flight, this one is definitely smaller and thinner (realize the relative size by comparing with the crackers and caramel bar, if you know them).
Don't take this post negatively. I'm not actually whining that this is just what they have served at that flight. I'm just surprised that the usual amenities and effects were gone amidst the time when PR is luring its loyal customers back after what have happened. I sure do hope this is not part of the cost cutting measures and that it is only temporary or isolated. Did I mention I was still hungry later in the flight because of that dinner serving size? :)