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Trip Report LGW-BOS-LGW  
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

Trip Report: ~
London Gatwick – Boston International

Airline: ~
Virgin Atlantic


This trip was a school skiing trip to Lincon near Boston. We got to LGW at about 11:00 to check in for the flight (VS011). As there where 4 Virgin Atlantic flights, all going out within about 2 hours of each other there was a massive queue at Zone A south terminal. We queued for around 1 and half hours! I asked the check-in lady if there was any chance of an upgrade, but she said, “The flight today is full”. – Typical! She managed to put me and my best friend next to an emergency exit door so I had a lot more legroom than an ordinary economy seat and a window J

Our take off time should have been 14:00 but there was a severe problem with one of the engines on the aircraft so they had to call the men from maintenance down to have a look at the problem.
I didn’t mind because (for those of you who know London Gatwick) I was getting my flight from the usual Virgin Atlantic gates around the building Atlantic House – This is not it’s real name –can any body tell me what it is called? I waited for about 2 hours at the gate, good because I got a lot of good photos and registrations of aircraft that came and went. Finally at 16:00 we boarded as promised I had my excellent seat
J I took a few photos of the cabin and sat down ready for the 7h 30min flight to Boston International.

At 16:50 we got a message from the captain that they had had another problem with the aircraft and that we would be delayed until 19:00. So I was sat for around 2 hours onboard G-VGIN B747-200 before we left which gave me a great opportunity to take some more photos!

At 19:30 we got clearance to push back and we where up, up, and away! – 5h 30mins late, but to be fair to Virgin most if not all the problems incurred where out of their control.

After around 2h in the air we got our first meal. A choice of Chicken curry (very mild), vegetarian something! Or Cumberland sausage and mash (that’s what I had). It was very nice. We also got a drink of tea, coffee or a large range of soft drinks. – All free J

The aircraft was in quite poor condition as it was the second oldest aircraft in the fleet. Second only to G-VOYG (Maiden Voyager) as the name suggests it was the first aircraft in the fleet. The captain told us that the aircraft was on it`s last ever revenue – earning flight, that was why it was in poor condition I suppose.

There where PTV’S on board but they where quite small as they where old. The seats although where very comfortable. They provided very well eequipped aminity packs including, socks, pen, paper, toothbrush, comb etc.

It was a very smooth and plesant flight and the female cabin crew where very nice J
We had to circle Boston for around 45mins as the weather was appauling heavy snowfall, thick ice etc etc. Afety just under an hour we got clearance to land. The landing, to say the least was AWFUL! With the thick snow, very strong winds and ice we slammed down as soon as we could onto the runway, reverse thrust was put into operation and we thundered to the end of the runway. We found it so hard to stop that when we departed the runway (at the last exit) we where stil really motoring.

We where the last aircraft to land that night as the airport was closed for around 5 hours after that.

We then had yet another delay when we where on the ground. As no aircaft where departing there where no stands to park at! Luckaly after 40mins waiting, a very nice AA DC10 left it’s stand and went somewhere – maintanance I would guess.

We parked between a TAP Air Portugal A310 and a British Airways B747-400 old colours. I see enough of those at LGW id ont really want to fly all the way to USA and park next to one!!!!!

Overall the flight was very late which was bad but the dealys at both ends where completely out of the hands of Virign Atlantic so they can not really be blamned for the delays. The aircraft was old which was bad aswell but, you don’t really expect Virgin to do much to it , if it was going to be scrapped soon would you?!

Return leg.

We left Boston International Airport on time, which was a big relief compared with the outbound flight!!!!!

We where onboard the newest aircraft in the whole virgin fleet (well in Februaury 2000 anyway) G-VIBE, the first Virgin B747-200 to appear in the new Silver colour scheme. The aircraft was previously operated by Air New Zealand, and was, a few yaers ago leased to Airtours International!
It had been completely refitted and it was very nice. Better and more comfortable seats, more leg room, bigger PTV’S etc etc etc. J

The return flight, compared with the outbound flight was very unexcitiing. It was an overnight flight so the lights where dimmed. Service again very good as whas the food and the stewardesess! – Sorry I keep refuring to them but I am male!!

We approached London Gatwick,and just as we came through the clouds, bright blue sky`s J on short finals I got an excellent view of LGW from the air J

Good landing, clean and smooth. We pulled up to our stand in-between a Virgin Sun A320 (G-VKID) Billie the sundance kid, and G-VZZZ Virgin Atlantic B747-200 which had also operated an over nighter from Antigua. The Continental B777-200 NYC 2000 aircraft was also in at LGW, south terminal.

I know I maybe shouldn’t have but I took the aminity kit, inflight magazine and safety card. They will all go well with my collection.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this trip report, I enjoyed writing it. If you have any questions please leave a reply in the forum and I will reply to the best of my ability.

I have more reports to come so, I hope you will read the reports in the future.

Bye! J

13 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Very good trip report Ben. I have one question for you - when was the trip, as it hasn't snowed here for a couple of months.


User currently offlineJsheldon From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Nice report. What was the aircraft type of your first flight? I think you forgot to add that in, or maybe I just missed it.

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

February 18th

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Both flights where operated by B747-200`S. Hope this solves your question.

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Ben Pritchard

I should have put this pic into my report sorry! :-( This is the inside of economy on G-VGIN B747-200 LGW-BOS

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

how did you watch tv on that flight? man, they are small but great report

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2659 times:

Thanks for your kind words-I am with you with the PTV`S! :-(

User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2639 times:

Nice report!!

I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. 

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (15 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

I remember this day, as I was working at Logan that day. The airlines decided not to cancel the flights, but delay them. There were literally a (if not more than) a thousand people in Terminal C. Terminal C is the centrepiece of Logan. The shopping centre. The meet/greet centre. So when flights in lesser equipped Terminal B (including Virgin Atlantic VS12, the return flight to your late arrival) the people all went to Terminal C. There was no where to sit, and the lines were horribly long. Your story reminds me of this most interesting day at Logan.

Great story, and thank you.


« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineBY291A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Thanks a lot for that report. It was very interesting for me, as I live in Manchester (MAN/EGCC) Only a couple of hundred miles away from LGW, and I visited Gatwick not too long ago and found it to be a great airport. Brilliant report, and I will be doing one in summer, MANCHESTER-VENICE on Britannia (if I still have any legs due to the appaling leg room!!)



User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

great report!

User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (15 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

Ben-What exactly was in poor condition on G-VGIN? Broken seats? Dirty? Foul odors? Just curious as all Virgin planes I have been on (G-VJFK,G-VAEL, G-VFAB,G-VHOT) have been immaculate. Louis

This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Just comopared with all other planes I have been on it was pretty rundown, slightly dirty walls ripped seats etc

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