Airline Races ?
Yesterday evening I checked the airspace situation over Manila (MNL/RPLL). I do this rather often when we expect guests, to check the congestion around NAIA.
I got a bit astonished, when I saw CEB flight 5J-142 and PAL flight PR-310. Both flights were Manila to Hongkong.
This is a screen hardcopy from our Flight Status page
The PAL Airbus A321 and the CEB Airbus A-320 did a head to head race from Manila to Hongkong.
The PAL flight is scheduled ETD 07:00 p.m. ETA 09:10 p.m.
The CEB flight is scheduled ETD 07:10 p.m. ETA 09:10 p.m.
Is this needed? Is it reasonable to fly with a capacity of up to 400 pax from MNL to HKG at 7:00 p.m.?
Maybe? We do not know.
Anyway, ATC had its part of the game by separating the two aircraft. Unfortunately we couldn’t catch the transponder’s information about the altitude.