Tombezza From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
I'm going to San Francisco in December and have narrowed my choice down to Virgin and BA. Tickets are almost exactly the same price for both carriers so it's a matter of picking one over the other. I haven't flown either of them before, although my immediate instinct is to pick Virgin, as they seem to be more fun...
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3564 times:
Virgin. More uplifting interior design (colourful seats, not depressing moody darkness - dark blue may be elegant, but bright colours lift the spirirts!). More personal entertainment in economy (even their oldest systems have more channels and better games than BA's newer ones, and if you're lucky and get one of their newest planes, you can choose when to watch what -video on demand). More cheerful crew (although that is a generalization, they aren't always more cheerful). Red uniforms. And no strike action planned for the foreseeable future Oh, and of course, a rubber duckie for every passenger!
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
I have not flown aboard VS.
I have flown long-haul aboard BA twice: once to ATL (772) a few years ago, and to CAI (744) earlier this year. I was extremely pleased with the level of service on both flights, particularly the former. The latter had only two very slight 'problems'. Firstly, on the outbound sector, we pushed back on time only to wait an hour before departing. Secondly, on the inbound leg, we had to wait an hour upon arrival for a slot to become available.
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Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3446 times:
Virgin Atlantic would be my first choice
Although British Airways has more choice (two flights a day). I'd pic Virgin Atlantic. Oh and an upgrade to Premium Economy if you wanna spare that extra bit of cash.
Virgin Atlantic's v:port entertainment system is bliss. On my 10hr flight to SFO i was on my entertainment for all the flight and it went in what seems like less than 5hrs! Premium Economy is great upstairs. You have just a 2-2 configuration and it seems very quiet (as there are only like 4/5 rows in Premium Economy and then like 3 rows in upper class at the front of the upper deck). If you want your bag when the seat belt signs are on, but don't wanna put it by your feet, you get an extra compartment between you and the window where you can put your stuff in.
Also if you have people in front who are like family or friends or whatever you can stretch your feet out over the compartments. You get leg rests, footrests, Tables that come from the armrest, a very wide gangway so even if there are trolleys there you can still get to the loo. You're greeted with Champaigne, Bucks Fizz or Orange Juice.
If you're going in upper class, well it'll be home from home. They have the longest flat bed in the industry, a massage room, an onboard bar and loads more.
I say Virgin, and if you do have that extra cash to spare then i recommend an upgrade to Premium Economy. It's shouldn't be too bad for december. When i looked it was just £3000 for four people in Premium Economy