Servicing the Presidential Flight


I was lucky enough to be included in our company’s servicing team to document the delivery of inflight meal requirements of the Presidential Flight this afternoon. President Noynoy Aquino left for Jakarta, Indonesia onboard a Bombardier Challenger 600 (chartered from Subic Air) at the Villamor Air Base.

We, together with our General Manager Rhodel Esteban, were at the plane side by 1500H – that’s 02 hours prior to the ETD of Kalayaan 1 (the call sign of the PHL presidential flight; the United States of America uses Air Force 1) and it was freaking hot at the ramp.

Minutes before 1700H, the presidential convoy arrived and moments later, P-Noy was at the podium to address the cabinet members (Vice-President Jojo Binay was there, too) present. After his speech, the President headed directly to the waiting aircraft. While he was at the staircase towards the door of the aircraft, a media man shouted, “Sir! Sir!” Then P-Noy looked back and waved to the crowd – good thing I was able to press the shutter of my camera at that instant!

Of course, I will not let the chance of having my pic taken in front of the Presidential plane (for this trip):


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