Virgin Atlantic

 About

Virgin Atlantic have been our Airline of choice since 1999, throughout the numerous times we have travelled we have had good and bad experiences with the Airline. But when things went wrong they always put things right. Our only criticism from our last trip was the planes were starting to look very tired. This is why we are excited to see how the refurbishments have improved the service.

UPDATE JUNE 2013

We travelled to Orlando June 15th on VS073 in Economy and i was all set to find the experience to be what we had become to expect… but it exceeded our expectation. The Seats, Food and Entertainment have been updated. If anyone from Virgin Atlantic are reading this and would like me to add the Premium Economy or First Class reviews please feel free to contact me to arrange some upgrades.

The Seats

The Food

The food was the biggest improvement, traditionally Airline food has been bland microwave type of food.  The food was excellent, presented well and was by far the best meal i have ever had on an Airplane.

Outgoing Flight

Also we were given an Ice Cream but i had eaten it before i was able to take a picture

Return Flight

Entertainment

The VERA Touch system is on all A330-300 aircraft. We found it easy to use and full of content to keep anyone entertained during the a long trip to Florida

The system offers the following features:

  • Touchscreen
  • Premium Economy also features touchscreen handset
  • Carousel interface
  • ‘Play’ your own content via USB
  • Movies, games, TV shows and News

Virgin Atlantic fly to Florida to and from the following Airports:

  • Heathrow  to Miami
  • Gatwick to Orlando
  • Manchester to Orlando

Luggage

Hand baggage

Economy

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight 10kg (22 lb)
Premium Economy
Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight 10kg (22 lb)

Please note that a garment bag cannot be used as your hand baggage unless it fits the dimensions of the hand baggage allowance. If you’d like to bring one but it exceeds 23 x 36 x 56 cm, it will need to be as additional checked in baggage. If you want to take your laptop onboard, you’ll need to place it in your original hand baggage or check your hand baggage in. Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

Children and infants

Number of items One
Maximum size 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight (infant aged 0-2) 6kg (13 lb)
Maximum weight (children aged 2+) 10kg (22lbs)

Passengers travelling with infants or children can bring a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat, in addition to their free check in luggage allowance. Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided. Children age 2+ travelling in the Upper Class cabin are entitled to Upper Class baggage allowance.

Upper Class

Number of items Two
Maximum size (each item) 23 x 36 x 56 cm (that’s approx 9 x 14 x 22 inches)
Maximum weight (combined) 16kg (35 lbs)
Maximum weight (individual item) 12 kg (26 lbs)

In Upper Class, your hand baggage can also include one garment bag, 20cm (8 inches) thick – again, this shouldn’t exceed 12kgs in weight. This will count towards your two bag limit.

Please note passengers must be able to place their hand baggage in the overhead bins unaided.

The Upper class hand baggage allowance also applies to children age 2+.

Check in baggage

Economy

Number of bags: One
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes.
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lbs) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions: On flights between the UK and Lagos, Accra or India, and between the US and India the allowance is two bags.

Premium Economy

Number of bags: Two
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes
Weight per bag: Up to 23kg (50 lbs) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins
Exceptions: On flights between the UK, Accra or India, and between the US and Accra or India the allowance is three bags

Upper

Number of bags: Three
Routes applicable: All Virgin Atlantic routes
Weight per bag: Up to 32kg (70 lbs) each
Dimensions per bag: Up to 90 x 75 x 43cm / 35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins

All information correct on 19/5/13 more information available HERE

Whats Onboard ?

  • Welcome Cocktail
  • 3 Course meal with Dessert after dining with Tea or Coffee
  • A free amenity kit, Activity Kit for Kids
  • Onboard entertainment system 
  • A free newspaper from London and Manchester

Seats

  • Economy class average seat pitch of 31 inches. 
  • Premium Economy seat pitch is 37 to 38 inches.
  • The Upper Class Suite has a 22″ wide seat and the length of the flat bed exceeds 6′.

Extra legroom Get an additional three inches of space from £20(one way)

Exit row seats available from £40 (one way)

 

Tips

Flying Club – Every time you fly you earn miles which can be used towards miles plus money or towards a full price flight. miles can be also gained by using partner flights, Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Credit Cards. More information HERE

Twilight Checkin – The Twilight check in service is available at Gatwick Airport between 5pm – 9pm the day before you fly. Everyone in your party will need to be present with their documentation for this option.Then turn up 50 minutes before boarding the next day with your boarding pass. This is a good option for travellers with small children as it reduces the time spent in the Airport.

Downtown Disney Checkin – Check in the day of your return flight and spend the rest of the day without your luggage. Check In is open 8.15am to 1pm, seven days a week. There’s a $10 charge but It’s free to Upper Class and Flying Club Gold passengers. It is located behind Cirque du Soleil in the Westside area of Downtown Disney (next to DisneyQuest).

Book seats – Book your seating 90 days before you fly. Information available HERE

USEFUL LINKS:

More information about the Virgin Atlantic Inflight entertainment available HERE
This Months onboard Movies HERE
Next Months onboard Movies HERE
More information about the Virgin Atlantic meal service  available HERE
Virgin Atlantic current Special Offers HERE

 

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