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imageBLAGNAC, France (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  The Airbus A380 , a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus, remains the world’s largest passenger airliner todate, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it.

But even this massive aircraft is not big enough to fully accommodate the increasing volume of air travel in this  inter-connected world of ours.

In an effort to keep up with the high demand for airline seats, Airbus has redesigned a quarter of its current fleet of 380’s, which consequently also means higher profits for airline companies.

The new design, named Airbus 380-B, features rows of seats that alternately face forward and backward. The configuration adds at least 6 more seats per row. Although the design provides less elbow room and less space between seats, it creates more legroom — an additional 12 inches —  for passengers, even and especially in the economy section.

Some airlines like United and Philippines Airlines charge an additional premium fee for front-facing seats.

Rich de la Cruz, a frequent traveler from the Philippines who experienced flying in economy class on the new aircraft recently, said he appreciates the additional legroom especially on 13 to 16-hour flights. Asked about the reduced elbow room and space between seats, de la Cruz said,  “I don’t mind it at all.  It’s actually cozy, especially when you’re seated next to a beautiful lady. It’s a pleasant perk!” He added, “It also encourages more social interaction among passengers.”

If you’re a frequent air traveler, which would you prefer: more legroom, or more elbow room? Participate in our poll below:


imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) –  Just last month, the State Department warned U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, certain regions and cities of the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area.

U.S. citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there, according to the consular advisory.

Today, the State Department issued a second advisory asking U.S. citizens flying into or out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to bring raincoats or umbrellas. This, after the ceiling of NAIA’s Terminal 1 building leaked during a rainstorm in Metro Manila. Passengers and crew had to open their umbrellas and wear plastic bags over their shoes to avoid getting soaked by rainwater inside the terminal.

Apparently, the P1.3-billion rehabilitation project at the terminal may have produced a more earthquake-resilient, and aesthetically pleasant, airport but the contractor, DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI), apparently overlooked one thing—waterproofing.

Many travelers wondered if what they experienced at the airport was what was meant by the Philippine Department of Tourism’s meme, “It’s More Fun In The Philippines!”



balikbayan-box-shippingHONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Starting April 1 this year, Filipinos returning to or going on a holiday to the Philippines will no longer be able to bring balikbayan boxes on board international flights to Manila, Cebu and other destinations in the country.

Balikbayan boxes are those corrugated cardboard boxes that Filipinos pack with tax-free goods to bring back to loved ones in the Philippines. The goods range from designer shoes and clothing to cartons of canned foods, cigarettes and toiletries — mostly purchased from big box stores like Costco and Walmart.

During their annual convention held last weekend in Honolulu, members of the International Commercial Airline Association (ICAA), agreed to totally ban balikbayan boxes as a way to speed up check-in procedures at airports and to maintain universally-accepted weight limits on their aircraft.

The ICAA said that many of their airline customers have constantly complained about the long check-in lines at airport counters, notably for flights going to the Philippines, because of the large number of balikbayan boxes being checked in by Filipino passengers.  The long lines have caused many passengers to miss their flights.

The ICAA also said that flights to the Philippines are always up to the load limit for aircraft due to the heavy weight of the balikbayan boxes. Most balikbayan  boxes  exceed the 50-pound limit for checked in baggage. “It compromises airline safety,” an ICAA spokesperson said.

Overseas Filipinos will still be able to send back goods to the Philippines in balikbayan boxes but only through cargo vendors that ship via ocean vessels.  It takes an average of 30-45 days to ship from the U.S. Mainland to the Philippines.