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Virgin Atlantic Or British Airways?  
User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14119 times:

Hi People!

If you had to fly long haul...which one would you choose and why? :
Virgin Atlantic Upper Class or British Airways Business Class?

Will wait for your replies
Thanks,
Anirudh..!!

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User currently offlineKevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14130 times:

Isn't this one for the poles section???...

Haven't flown either (YET..).. but probably Upper Class all other things equal.. between Upper Class and First the choice becomes much more difficult..

Kevin777



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User currently offlineJ41 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14116 times:

I have flown both and prefer B.A.

I like the seats better, the food and the service. As I pay for my own fare's, I always find B.A cheaper.

Don't get me wrong, Virgin upper class is great but personally I prefer B.A.

J41


User currently offlineRatypus From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14063 times:

can't comment on the on-board product - anecdotally, Virgin is probably a bit more extravagant than BA Club World, as its 'upper class' and standing in for both business and first (though think BA First would trounce Upper Class) - if you're paying for yourself suggest you will get a better price on BA Business

However, another thing to consider is the back-up, schedules etc - I was booking to fly to the US and chose BA because they had a much more comprehensive schedule (including a Boston-LHR daylight flight: no point trying to pretend its an overnighter at barely over 6 hours long....) and because if a flight gets cancelled I know BA have about a zillion east coast-UK flights to put me on later!


User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2038 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13973 times:

RE: Virgin Atlantic Or British Airways?

Depends on whether you like to fly on three or four engines transatlantic Big grin

cheers

Asturias



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13952 times:

For me it will always be BA Club World rather than VS Upper Class. BA is an airline that is formal and upmarket, has consistently high standards both on the ground and in the air, and where the F/As convey a professional and unobtrusive approach. VS is a brand (that happens to operate some aircraft) rather than an airline, that is loud, in your mouth and over-hyped, where standards of service are inconsistent, and where the F/As seem to be chosen for their looks and personality rather than their suitability for the job.

Whilst VS Upper Class might have marginally larger lie-flat seats and (on some but not all of their aircraft) 79.5” pitch and 22.0” width, as opposed to the standard 73.0” and 20.0” in Club World, and the edge in IFE (again in some but not all of their aircraft), remember that BA will soon be revealing their new Club World which will eventually be in all their long-haul aircraft. Neither the (possibility of) a larger lie-flat seat or (again the possibility of) extra pitch on VS is enough to persuade me to accept their inferior service.

The other deciding factor for me is BA’s frequency and back-up. For many of the destinations where they compete with VS, BA offers multiple frequencies of services, so they could probably get you on another of their services on the same day when things go wrong. As VS only has a daily (or even less frequent) service, chances are that you will be stranded for longer with limited back-up available.

[Edited 2006-10-18 18:23:08]


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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 13933 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
Whilst VS Upper Class might have marginally larger lie-flat seats and (on some but not all of their aircraft)

The Upper Class Suites are now on ALL VS aircraft. Personally, aside from the Bar and Beauty treatments on VS Upper Class and Club World are very similar. I'd just go for the best deal to be quite honest


User currently offlineAnirudhvs From India, joined Oct 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13871 times:

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
Depends on whether you like to fly on three or four engines transatlantic

what do u mean by this...explain..!! thanks..anirudh..


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13866 times:

I would love to fly either Business Class product, so if someone has some spare cash laying around...  Wink

They both look like fantastic products though!

Regards,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13840 times:

Quoting Anirudhvs (Reply 7):
what do u mean by this...explain..!! thanks..anirudh..

I believe he was referring to the much-publicized incident where a BA 747 took off from LAX and during climb-out had an engine failure. Upon conferring with London ops the pilots decided to continue on to LHR rather than return to LAX. The plane eventually had to make a refuelling stop at MAN because of the lower altitudes and slower flying speeds. Incidentally, the same aircraft had ANOTHER engine failure, this time on SIN-LHR but was able to make it to LHR without problem since this occurred much later into the flight.

It wouldn't be fair for me to make a comparison since I haven't flown in Upper Class but I would say that Club World is a hard product to beat and it will only get tougher when the new seat débuts later this year.

LH423



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User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2038 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13796 times:

Quoting Anirudhvs (Reply 7):
what do u mean by this...explain..!! thanks..anirudh..



Quoting LH423 (Reply 9):
I believe he was referring to the much-publicized incident where a BA 747 took off from LAX and during climb-out had an engine failure.

That's right

I was being mildly sarcastic.  Wink

cheers

Asturias



Tonight we fly
User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13760 times:

if both a BA clubworld ticket and a VS upper class ticket fell from the sky with a note attached reading "TAKE ONE ONLY!!!" i'd take the BA ticket


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13757 times:

Having flown neither BA nor VS at all, I tend to go with BA Club World.

User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13755 times:

it really comes down to the atmosphere. if you prefer professional, and more of a business feeling to things, go with B.A . If you want a relaxed , laid back atmosphere, go V.A



and like someone else said, 3 or 4 engines  Wink


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