L-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 4 months 19 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
I will be completing travel between Los Angeles and London within the next couple of weeks, and I would like to know what to expect on Virgin Atlantic Airways. I know the plane will be a 744, but that's about it.
P.S. I will connect to Dublin from Heathrow upon arrival. ANY info on this connection is greatly appreciated.
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2076 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 2575 times:
HEY!!! I'm the man for you!!! I too am taking Virgin from LAX-LHR and I too am going to Dublin from LHR!!!
I'm taking Virgin at the 535pm flight on a 747-400.
It should be about 10 hours long and we get a few meals.
When I get to LHR, I'm going to Dublin that day. I land in LHR at 1135 and then I will either take Aer Lingus into Dublin....or Ryan Air out of Stanton (sp?) which is another airport outside of London. Ryan Air was 79 GBP which is $111 USD, which is good. Thats as of todays prices (1.26.01). Also, dont try to take the train from Heathrow to the coast then a ferry to Dublin. Its way too expensive. Try to avoid airlines going from LHR-DUB like EasyJet. I dont have good vibes on that one. But I'd definitely take Aer Lingus or Ryan Air from Heathrow to Dublin and back.
Then LHR-LAX is about a 12 hour flight.
Both flights LAX-LHR-LAX travel over the northern US and over Canada on it's way into LHR. I believe we travel over New Foundland.
When are you traveling by the way? We may be on the same flight!
Hope this helps!
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
Connecting to DUB, you can fly Ryanair from Stansted (STN) or Aer Lingus or British Midland from LHR. Alternatively, you can fly Cityflyer Express from LGW. However, you will have to change terminal at LHR anyway. Enjoy your flight.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 2561 times:
What to expect on Virgin flying from LAX to LHR:
I took this flight about 3 weeks ago so here goes. Economy on Virgin is super small (they have to put more seats in to pay for the screens in tha backs of them). The flight attendants semmed very nice although we did not see much of them. The food is horrible, it is small and taste very bad. The wine also tastes very bad, it is gulping stuff! After your mail they bring round Brandy and Baileys, I highly recommend one of them as it sends you to sleep! About 5 hours into the flight with Virgin (and probably any airline) you areready to be there, they do give another meal, but after my first one I stuck with the bread in my back pack. Another thing to note is they do not bring drinks around very often, so you might have to go to the galley to get a glass of water. The tiolets seems very nice a clean.
All in all the flight was pretty good, I wish there was more room and better food, but you have to pay extra for that!
BA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 2511 times:
What are you lot on?!!!
Fly British Airways, the new World Traveller is the bomb!
Nothing else comes close, AA? Your having a laugh, rather fly Aeroflot! Virgin isn't too bad but they cram you in like cattle! BA is sooooo much better!
RonE From Israel, joined Jan 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 2496 times:
I remember flying Virgin 6 years ago but that was from EWR to LHR, and it was very good (the seats back then must not have been so cramped as VA was just starting their services). However, if Air New Zealand still operates their LAX-LHR leg (I think they are), I highly recommend them. Comparatively small fleet makes for better service and they have very nice fragrant soaps and minerals which are a truly refreshing change on such a long flight.
Sdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2402 times:
I was spotting at LAX approach last week, and I saw the afternoon arrival of the Virgin 747-400. Beautiful plane, I really like Virgin...I'm jealous...hope you enjoy the voyage. Make sure you have a seat on the left of the plane (when facing the nose) if you want to see downtown LA and Westwood as you approach, that way you also avoid the afternoon sun. So, anyways, I was spotting on 22rd of January, and I saw it land on the north side of LAX operations. It taxied down and docked at the international terminal. Expect to see a couple of Quantas, a KLM and a BA 747 around you as gates may vary from day to day. THe plane I saw, if it serves the same route daily was not a silver dream, but has the old livery whihc is just as charming. I took a picture or two, hopefully I will have it developed from Costco by next week and post it online, even if it does not go into the database.
Enough ramling...enjoy the flight...and please report back to reward all my typing.
Airnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2369 times:
You have made a good choice. Recently they posted the results of the Airlines to pick on this route.... Here they go:
1. Virgin Atlantic
2. Air NewZealand
3. British Airways
5. American airlines
Not to sure on the last two though.
So have a great trip and i wish you all the best!! I have heard very good things about Virgin Atlantic. Maybe the people who are voting for BA and AA are jealous?? Just a thought.
Another point why are BA747 and Ripccord fighting over what airline to take?? They are in the same Alliance together. You should be supporting one another!! I knew BA and AA had problems but never knew to this extent.
Who cares if AA added more room. They still cannot beat AirNZ's seat pitch or Korean Airs.