Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
Leezyjet, of course you will. Even though I do not have a comparable care for Virgin Atlantic Airways compared to Singapore Airlines Limited - the former is still 49% part of Singapore Airlines Group. My eye will notice everything. If they're lucky, maybe I can do a blanket test again.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12029 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3412 times:
Has anyone warned Virgin yet about your upcoming trip so they have time to fully retrain the cabin staff to your exacting standards? They should have a good 3 to 4 months to prepare for this important event.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
Erm. On the subject of blanket tests: If a stewardess tried to tuck me in because the blanket was floppy, I'd be pretty annoyed - it's an invasion of private space, and if that is standard SQ practice, I'm never flying with them... at least not overnight
V-Port is video on demand, it's the same system as SQ, I believe. Odyssey is not video on demand, but lots of channels (much more than, say, BA's Omnia). Arcadia is the oldest of the lot - the first generation of PTV systems.
Gosh, I look forward to reading what you have to say about the VS cabin crew - most likely a lot of camp guys, not docile doe eyed SQ gals!
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3278 times:
Probably. Perhaps on the VS fan web page?
Either way, there's also Nova (on the 5 Gatwick based 744s that were originally ordered by Alitalia), no idea what that is like, though I haven't heard positive things (no phones, no games)
I think, though I'm not sure, that the oldest 343s and the oldest 744s have Arcadia, but one of the oldest has been refitted with V-Port (VBIG). Anything delivered before VWOW and after the Arcadia ones has Odyssey... anything delivered after VWOW (i.e. the A346s) has V-Port. And, whatever is sitting around in Dublin in a hangar at the moment (though I still don't believe the rumour that it's in BMI colours) will probably have V-Port and the new Upper Class in a few weeks.
Now I'm sure there is some Virgin Fan out there who has a complete list. Or perhaps we could ask Jetstreamer?
United01 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2003, 26 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3242 times:
Yea I was gonna say about NOVA. I just flew VS return LGW-MCO and unfortunately I got NOVA both ways. It was dissapointing - atleast by VS's standard - 7 movie channels and one other channel in 'cycles' but it seemed to be on one cycle until about one hour till the end of the flight and it was supposed to change every two hours. If i had known about the Gatwick 747's all having NOVA i would have booked United alsoseeing as Heathrown is next door and I had an excellent time with them twice previously. Having said that apart from the IFE dissapointment, I cant say much else bad about Virgin.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3194 times:
Not wanting to sound patronising, but I quite like the idea of having a PTV, whether AVOD or not - the absence of phones wouldn't bother me in the least; I personally find them useless and a complete rip-off. For the most part, I absolutely detest all manner of computer games too.
Give me a few film channels, and preferably a daylight flight + window, and I'm very happy.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3147 times:
If I'm on a really long long flight (like I should have been last night) I like to play a few of the games in between films. I got quite good at 10-pin bowling on my last trip to HKG and also played the golf game too. Tried out Hangman but was not very good at that. That Battlemail Kung-Fu was not very good. I'd been really looking forward to playing it but when I finally got an a/c that it worked on, it was a real disappointment, it's such a boring game.
If I'm on a short flight such as the East Coast US, then the films are usually enough to keep me occupied, providing there are some good films showing.
Not bothered about a phone. How many people in Econ actually use them anyway ?. Think of all the extra weight that would be saved by not having them and just having them in business seats and on the bulkheads for econ pax. I doubt even business pax use them that much either.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
Regarding Singapore_Air, what I find most funny are those who take his ranting seriously. I just love it when people get all angry about his constant references to Singapore Airlines - honestly, who cares? The best advice for those who have a problem with a particular member is to either 'Suggest Deletion' or just DON'T reply.
For my part, I actually find his posts amusing, if somewhat obsessive. Yes, SQ service is pretty damn good, but there are other very good airlines out there (Virgin is certainly one of them, minus their awful seat pitch in Economy).