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Any Experience Of Virgin A340-600 Economy Class  
User currently offlinesimonriat From UK - England, joined Jul 2010, 134 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 7729 times:

Hi All

Just wondered if anybody has any experience of travelling economy on Virgins A340 LHR - LAX.

My wife and 3 kids are planning a trip to California next year, and would just like to get some opinions on seats, entertainment, service, etc.

The reason behind this I am 6'3 and large build and the idea of travelling with 3 kids for that length of time in an uncomfortable seat, may decide if we use Virgin or not, also had bad experience on their 744s.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

Simon

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User currently offlinestarguy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

economy seats on 744's around the world are pretty much all the same width, limited by the width of the cabin. It's not going to be Virgin specific. The same can be said of the 346's seat width, industry standard. The only thing that changes between airlines is the seat pitch. Virgin has a standard 31 inches in economy but you can purchase for a small fee, extra legroom seats which are 34 inches, and for persons aged over 16, you can purchase exit rows on the day of departure , all of which are subject to availability. Something you may very well want to consider seeing as you are 6ft3.

Children get kids packs full of goodies, back pack, colouring sets etc.

Virgin have the best in-flight entertainment of all the airlines flying between LHR-LAX/SFO. Fully interactive AVOD with games and news updates

There are two full drinks bar services and three food services, main meals (3 choices with the option to pre-order special meals), hot tortilla wrap mid flight, sandwiches and cookies before landing, plus ice-creams mid-flight and complimentary soft and alcoholic beverages throughout the flight.


User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7063 times:

Flew to LAX on one of their A340's two years ago. I'm not 6 foot tall but it was the worst 12 hours of my life simply because the nasty horrible people in the seats in front of us had them reclined for around 10 of those 12 hours.

They even refused to put their seats in the upright position during the meal services which meant I couldn't eat either.

Nothing against Virgin, end of the day its an economy seat and you know that before you book it, I just hope you dont get people like that.

Nothing much to add to the post above, yeah AVOD is good, just hope it doesn't pack up on your flight!!

Seats are 2-4-2 until the very last two (3?) rows where it goes 2-3-2 as the fuselage starts to narrow towards the end.

EDIT: Actually here is my trip report I posted. Sorry, the pictures have long gone off the server.

Virgin Atlantic VS007 - LHR - LAX (by Lentini2001 Sep 15 2007 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2010-09-11 11:15:09]

User currently offlinesimonriat From UK - England, joined Jul 2010, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7010 times:

Thank you both for your replys.

I must admit another reason for the family (read me) choosing Virgin was the fact they use A346 on this route.

But If anyone would like to make suggestions as to alternatives, it would be much appreciated, certainly in terms of keeping the Kids occupied and leg room.

I did look at upgrading from Economy to Premium but the difference was staggering.

Also any advice about when to buy the tickets would be apprecited, Do the prices fluctuate much? Is there such thing as a christmas sale.

Thanks once again.

Simon


User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6986 times:

You do get sales, but they are usually dictated by the dates you have to travel on of course!

Depends really when you want to go. You can choose your seats after you have booked (I dont think you can do it during the booking process, you have to pay first then choose) but I'm sure there will be a fellow a-netter who has access to some load factor websites who can help you closer to the time.

iirc, Virgin hold back 50% of the seats for selection until 24 hours before the flight, so if you did on-line check-in you will notice more seats available 24 hours before.


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1689 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

In the last year I've been on several A340-600 aircraft on VS between LAX/SFO/JFK to LHR v.v.

Economy class is spread across two sections on this A340-600 (rows 31-46 and 51-65) and seating is configured 2-4-2 (A-C, D-E-F-G, H-K), which is great if you are in either of the pairs but not so good if you are in one of the middle E-F seats as they feel quite claustrophobic.

Seats A-C and H-K are upholstered in grey fabric and have red seatbelts, while middle seats D-E-F-G have red fabric and red seatbelts. There are individual nine-inch seat-back in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens and remotes in the armrest or in the back of the seat underneath the screen (as with seats D-E-F-G), and the cabin was clean and smart with chrome handles on the overhead bins and air conditioning vents.

Virgin’s economy seats on this aircraft have a pitch of up to 31 inches/79cm, a width of 19 inches/48cm (1.5 inches/4cm more than on its B747s and A340-300s), a recline of six inches/15cm (one inch/2.5cm more than on its other planes) and audio-video on-demand entertainment systems. I found that a real plus was that standard headphone jacks can be plugged in so I was able to use my own noise-canceling headphones, which were far better than the ones provided by the airline.

The A340-600 is very quiet in regards to engine noise and definitely a pleasure to fly.


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

Quoting AMS (Reply 5):

What's the typical service passengers receive (in Y) on the JFK-LHR-JFK? We're looking to book our flights to Europe with VS next summer

[Edited 2010-09-13 14:57:25]


My worst nightmare is not getting a window seat!
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6853 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 6):
What's the typical service passengers receive (in Y) on the JFK-LHR-JFK? We're looking to book our flights to Europe with VS next summer

When I flew VS to JFK both times (VS3 09:30 departure) we recieved a muffin or cereal bar shortly after take off and lunch about halfway through the flight. Couple of hours before arrival into JFK we got ice cream. Regular drinks runs were done but I just kept going to the galley everytime I wanted a drink, as did most other pax.

On the return to London we were served dinner shortly after takeoff then a muffin or cereal bar about an hour out of LHR.

IFE and seat pitch were same as what was said earlier. 2 of the flights were on the A343, the 600 has slightly more legroom.


User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1689 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6848 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 6):
What's the typical service passengers receive (in Y) on the JFK-LHR-JFK? We're looking to book our flights to Europe with VS next summer

The purser gives a professional welcome, with each attendant introduced by name, and passengers thanked for flying with Virgin on behalf of Richard Branson. After this, the animated in-flight safety film is played – the most entertaining and informative I have seen, with a voice-over by Vic Reeves and music by Mr Scruff.

Red fleece blankets and pillows are provided, as well as amenity kits containing a toothbrush and paste, socks, eye mask, pen and charity envelope for Change for Children, which I think is an excellent touch.

All passengers get a choice of two meat-based meals and one vegetarian, as standard.) It was a really tasty dish of savoury rice and peas, alongside two types of curry – paneer cheese and mixed vegetable, plus a green salad, a fruit salad and a wholemeal roll with margarine. It was better than some business class lunches I have had on other airlines. Cutlery was pink plastic and there was a cup of water provided on the tray. Breakfast on the other hand can be a little disappointing, normally one croissant and a small cup of yogurt.

There is a good selection of movies on the AVOD (audio-video on-demand) entertainment system, Also ice cream is offered, followed by soft drinks (juice/water) .


User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6845 times:

better option in Air New Zealand


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6819 times:

Quoting simonriat (Thread starter):
better option in Air New Zealand

I would agree that seat wise, NZ have much better legroom than VS. You an get up to 34" seat pitch on NZ 747 as opposed to 31" on VS. The AVOD however is much better on VS however and found the food nicer on them too. Service wise you may do a bit better with NZ as VS can vary a bit. You could try and upgrade on the day to premium economy. I know it is a set amount regardless how much you paid for your ticket and could be worthwhile just to get the extra width of seat and more legroom. Depends if they full in premium economy though. The premium economy on VS is quite nice as it is a separate cabin and the leather seats pretty comfortable.

Quoting simonriat (Thread starter):
After this, the animated in-flight safety film is played – the most entertaining and informative I have seen, with a voice-over by Vic Reeves and music by Mr Scruff.

I would agree with above. The best inflight safety video made...I always watched it when I flew VS. I think the only one to rival it would be on VX.



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