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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 27235 times:

I originally posted this on another forum but thought others may enjoy it here.

As a fan of Virgin Atlantic I had been following the launch of Virgin America very closely. When things finally started coming together earlier this year I was hoping they would start up in time for me to fly with them on a trip to the west coast, but that didn’t happen in time and their cabin video tease (to gather public support for their approval) only made me want to fly with Virgin more.

When Virgin started selling tickets in July, I originally thought about going from New York to LA or San Francisco, but then realized I could actually fly LAX-SFO-LAX during a week I would be in LA. The schedule could not have been tighter: their first full day of scheduled operations would be my last day in LA.

This turned out to be much more better all around than flying from New York: the flights would be significantly cheaper, I would have to spend less time in the air, and I would be able to fly them a lot sooner than if I flew from New York.

Flight: VX852
Thursday, August 9, 2007
LAX-SFO
N624VA
Scheduled Departure Time: 4:00 P.M.
Actual Departure Time: 4:13 P.M.
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:20 P.M.
Actual Arrival Time: 5:25 P.M.
Flight Time: 55 minutes (cruising at 38,000 feet)

I arrived at LAX at 2:25 at terminal 6, where Virgin operates from.

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The empty check-in area was very modern and set the stage for what Virgin America would be like.

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There was one large desk with four minimalist white kiosks for “Guests” (Virgin’s word for passengers) flying in economy and a smaller desk with two kiosks for Guests in first class.

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I was browsing the seat selection options to see how full my flights were when the kiosk stopped responding. After waiting a short while, I just switched to another kiosk and there were no further problems. A Virgin IT specialist was on hand and able to re-boot the other kiosk.

Boarding passes popped out of a corner and when I first saw them, I thought they were very odd in shape, but I quickly came to see how they were innovative and a major “breakthrough” in boarding pass design.

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The boarding pass comes out of the slot

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Front and back of Virgin boarding passes

Most boarding passes are long and stick out of wherever they are put: shirt pockets, books, passports, etc. but these were just the right shape to give them bulk (unlike those thin receipt-like papers a lot of LCCs use) yet small enough to comfortably fit in a pocket (but not get lost). While this is no major thing, it is just one of many small things that add up.

Security was a breeze and I was off to gate 67B.

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Gate counter at one of Virgin’s LAX gates

At the gate (which is surrounded by United gates) was “Air Colbert” in the final departure stages.

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“Colbert” taking off

Virgin’s scheme is very simple (possibly the simplest in the US) but the white paint on the fuselage did seem to glitter, sort of like Virgin Atlantic’s 2000 scheme “Silver Dream Machine”.

Colbert pushed back at 3:00 and at 3:15 my aircraft N624VA (no name) pulled up, but boarding did not start until close to 3:45.

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Walking on board was like stepping inside a club. First you see funky purple light coming from inside the plane, then you see the flight attendants dressed in red and black.

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The female flight attendants wore a red vest with a high collar over a white shirt with a black skirt while male flight attendants wore black pants and a full-length button-down shirt. The pilots also wore all black but had red ties.

Turning into the cabin are purple Plexiglas dividers at the front of the plane that start the 8-seat first class cabin featuring all-white leather seats with lots of leg room. Virgin’s domestic first class was more like international business class.
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Next is the economy cabin in a sharply contrasted all-black leather seating that looks very hip and features plenty of leg room. The seats were very comfortable and supportive, especially in the lower back region. There were also adjustable headrests.

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The details are some of the most interesting features: the seatbelts are polished metal and the front of seats have a white ultra smooth plastic feel yet do not look cheap.

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Also, the interiors of the windows are light blue.


People were saying things like “This is so cool!” and one person even said (in a good way), “I feel like I’m in a space cabin.” The flight was about 80% full, which I can only imagine is great for an airline’s first full day of scheduled operations. (On Wednesday, Virgin mostly flew celebrities and the media around.) Most of the people on board looked urban and hip, and under 40.

Dance music was lightly playing on the PA, and while the flight attendants were preparing the rear galley, they put up a gray/black curtain that was semi-transparent.

At 4:05 we were waiting on catering to finish up and finally the main cabin door closed at 4:13, 13 minutes late.

Interestingly, the entire Red entertainment system worked fully during boarding, taxi, and takeoff (many other IFE systems are not started until after take off). One feature of the Red system I like is a physical button that switches to the map if doing anything else on the system, or switches back to what you were doing if looking at the map. They use Google Maps, which had some minor issues like saying arrival was at four in the morning, and the weather was 3.1999999993 degrees outside.

Every seat has a remote (like for international planes) for the Red entertainment system developed by Panasonic. (Engadget gave a very thorough review of the system here: http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/10/h...d-in-flight-entertainment-syste/.)

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On the back side of the remote is a mini keyboard that can be used for in-flight chat rooms as well as possibly for future e-mail and text message use. The buttons were small and took some getting used to, but it was not bad.
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The monitor has 1024x600 resolution and is 9” big. There are inactive wireless points in the cabin for when Virgin gets in-flight WiFi going. Every seat has a dedicated USB and Ethernet port, and every three seat-row has two standard outlets (no adapter needed).

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View of cabin row--very spacious

The Red system has over 3,000 MP3s from a wide variety of artists (James Blunt, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, U2, The Who) and you can make a playlist on the plane (or apparently beforehand online and then have it transmitted to your seat). There are also chatrooms for the whole plane as well as seat-to-seat messaging. From the Red system, you can order drinks and food, although this feature was disabled for the flight because of the short time.

Flight attendants have monitors on one of the galley carts as well as handheld tablet PCs. The system also keeps track of the galley’s stock and will notify passengers if something runs out.

Live television, music, radio, and music videos were all free. Movies cost $8.00 (yikes!) but there were approximately 45 movies to choose from a wide genre (300, Shrek the Third, The Namesake, etc.). Network television shows (called “Premium TV”) were $1.99 each (still expensive, I think) and there were approximately 225 shows, including episodes from The Simpsons, Scrubs, The Office, and Prison Break.

The crew (called “the In-Flight Team”) was made up of three females and one male, all under 30 (there was additionally one technician on board to troubleshoot the IFE and galley systems). They were all very polite and professional, and were probably one of the best flight crews I have ever had. I later learned that this was all their first time working for an airline and all had positive things to say about Virgin.

After a long taxi around the international terminal and to the other side of the airport, we had a quick take off roll and were airborne at 4:35.

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Climbing out of LAX

The crew barely had time to serve drinks as by the time they finished with the last passenger, the captain announced we would be starting our descent soon.

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In the center is a help-yourself supply of Evian water


Part of the galley can be curtained off (left)

The lavatories were simple and I noticed in addition to soap being dispensed from the standard metal dispenser, there was also a bottle of Method soap. (Method is a San Francisco-based company that manufactures biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies.)

At 5:00 the captain announced we would soon be starting our initial descent and should get up now to go to the restroom if we needed to. Just after the announcement, the flight attendants came to my seat for beverage service. They offered a full beverage service, which was impressive given the short flight time.

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We started out final descent at 5:21 and landed at 5:25 on runway 28L. Virgin uses the international terminal at SFO, and we arrived to gate 10 at 5:32.

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On my way out, I was invited into the cockpit and was able to briefly speak to the pilots. So far, they love their job and are very pleased.
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Flight: VX839
Thursday, August 9, 2007
SFO-LAX
N624VA
Scheduled Departure Time: 6:15 P.M.
Actual Departure Time: 6:19 P.M.
Scheduled Arrival Time: 7:40 P.M.
Actual Arrival Time: 7:32 PM.
Flight Time: 54 minutes (cruising at 37,000 feet)

I only had a short time on the ground at SFO so I just barely walked around the international terminal, which is very nice (and definitely better than T4 at JFK). The balloons from the previous day’s celebrations were still up.

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The SFO boarding gate was very nice, with flowers on the counter. Even their boarding sign had some of that Virgin flare: “Boarding at 5:50 -- Rock it Out!”

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Boarding commenced at 5:55 and I was back on N624VA with the same crew. One of the flight attendants told me they do three LAX-SFO-LAX trips in a day and the entire crew (pilots included) “follow the aircraft”.

I figured that since I was going to fly the leg, this was a bit of a celebration, Virgin’s first class has been well talked about, and I’ve never flown first class, I would fly first class on the way back.

Again, most of the Guests seemed relatively young and urban, especially in first. Two of the first Guests were on the previous day’s inaugural flight. As other people were boarding, I heard two funny remarks about the cabin. The first was, “This is so LA,” and the second was a woman talking on her cell phone, “I’m boarding now and I have to go. It’s all purple and stuff. I can’t deal with it.”

Virgin’s first class is very spacious and is more like international business class than it is domestic first.

The seats are fully automated and have three pre-set buttons: one for takeoff that places the seat in its normal position, one called “Comfort” that has a slight recline, and one called “Relax” that was very comfortable and probably great for sleeping.

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“Comfortable” mode

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“Relax” mode

Additionally, there are buttons to adjust each component of the seat to set it to your preference. The seat does not fully recline to 180 degrees, but probably go to 150 degrees or so.

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The seat also has massage features, but it was complicated to successfully operate and I never completely figured it out. (There are “Welcome Booklets” that contain seat information, but they were not loaded on this aircraft.)

The door closed at 6:19, we pushed at 6:20, and were airborne at 6:34. I took out the PTV and as I was browsing the selections, I noticed my controller did not seem to be fully functional. But it did not pose much of a problem since everything besides the chat and game options can be operated via touch-screen.

The FAs served drinks in real glasses and were very attentive to refills. Unfortunately, there was no food served, not even a snack. I was hoping to try out ordering food from my seat.
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At 7:04 we started our descent 140 miles out of LAX. On our way in, we flew by LAX.

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On both segments the pilot announced that the fasten seat belt sign would be turned on within 10 minutes, which is an announcement I appreciated as so many airlines just turn it on and then announce it is going to be on for the rest of the flight.

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We landed at 7:32 on 24R and were back at gate 67B at 7:42. Given how recent Virgin started operations, I did not find their one late arrival to be too bad, especially since it was only by a few minutes. It should be noted that they are padding their schedule with extra time, which is definitely better than not doing so (ahem, Skybus), so with time they should get better.

After the Guests deplaned, the flight the crew very nicely allowed me to stay on board for five minutes to take most of cabin photos you’ve seen.

Virgin America is the first entrant in this new phase of the aviation industry, one that matches our current information age. Travelers want a less sterile and more personalized and dynamic experience where they can enjoy flying. Virgin’s cabin sets the scene and the airline’s personality fills in the rest.

At the same time, this spring saw the entry of a new kind of low cost airline, the ultra-no-frills Skybus. Now there is almost the complete opposite kind of LLC with Virgin America. Skybus likes to show off just how cheap it is, while other LLCs like AirTran, Allegiant, and Spirit don’t seem to care either way, and jetBlue and (to some extent) Southwest are the go-to examples for a successful LLC, Virgin America is at the top, hands down.

Virgin has successfully combined the good parts of every airline: two seating classes, a nice cabin interior, excellent entertainment, free drinks but offering food for purchase (and real food--not just snack boxes), good service, and very friendly staff at every level.

Most impressively, they created an airline that passengers with just one flight loved. I never knew it was possible for the public to like an airline so much. JetBlue is looked well upon, but the response to Virgin America was on a different--and higher--level.

Most of the passengers looked like they traveled frequently enough and on their way out I heard dozens of passengers tell the crew just how much they liked Virgin and how better it was than every U.S. airline.

This is not to say Virgin does not have it flaws or room for improvement. Even with flights to Boston, Washington, and Las Vegas, their route map is small. Their frequent flyer program, Elevate, is typical for a LLC in that it offers no partners, almost all points have to be earned from flying, and the points have a quick expiration.

Virgin has earned its long-awaited wings and delivers a truly unique product to a domestic aviation industry ready for rejuvenation but filled with antiquated airlines unfit for this age. It’s hard to imagine airlines like Northwest and Spirit are in the same industry as Virgin. While not every U.S. airline will install mood lighting and re-do their cabins, Virgin will force its competitors to re-think their strategy.

Virgin’s term of “Guests” is appropriate in defining travelers in this new era. We are not nameless “passengers” cooped up in a metal can held at the mercy of airlines, but rather people who should be able to consistently have a pleasant flight, and if not, free to leave and take our business elsewhere. Virgin America is giving the domestic industry its glamour back and making flying a pleasure once again. It’s ahead of the game, will do well if it continues to play its cards right, and starting this past Wednesday is one of the best airlines in the U.S.


"She Flew For What We Stand For"
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User currently offlineWeAreUnited From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 27198 times:

Thank you for the excellent trip report and pictures!! I cannot wait until I get the opportunity to fly them. I wish them great success!

User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1665 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 27145 times:

Great Trip Report, I am hoping they will come to the Midwest sometime soon.


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User currently offlineRogbi200 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 27134 times:

Very interesting to read, and Virgin have typically done things different- are they the Apple of the Civil Aviation world? My most enjoyable long haul flights have been with VS and, though I know VX is a very separate outfit, if they can carry the brand successfully into domestic US flights , they deserve to do well; they are still on honeymoon but the signs are promising.

Incidentally, what is the lens that you used for the cabin interiors- it does the ultra wide-angle well.


User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 23 hours ago) and read 27111 times:

Purple plexiglass dividers and white leather seats - absolute tackiness...

Aside from that, looks to be a very professionally run outfit. I hope the crew can maintain their levels of professionalism and service in the face of the poor wages and long hours that seem to dominate the US industry.

Great job documenting the service and aircraft features, btw. The fisheye lens comes in very useful.



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User currently offlineCeph From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 26661 times:

Great looking cabin. The IFE controller looks similar to what SIA has for its B773ERs

User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 26660 times:

Most interesting report. Seat pitch looks good in First.


My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 26562 times:

Really great TR. VX has to be one of the USAs better carrier.

Wished we had something similar in Sweden.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 26531 times:
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This is the second Virgina America report I've read, both have been excellent, as one would expect at this stage.

They look pretty neat, if they can hold teh service together and build up a decent schedule, they will do well and give the other majors something to aspire to.

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 26427 times:

Very nice TR.. looks like everything going good so far.

It was nice to see a pic of Air Colbert.. I just saw the interview with Sir Richard by Colbert and it was funny...



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User currently offlineCorsair1107 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 26316 times:

Looking forward to using them once they begin IAD service to someplace I want to go.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27312 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 26303 times:

Excellent TR , thank you so much for sharing. Its the best F class Ive seen on a A320 in a long time . It modern , Sleak and looks so comfortable. I will go out of my way to fly them next time. I hope they grow and grow and open up alot more routes.

Quoting SafetyDude (Thread starter):
The boarding pass comes out of the slot

I was wondering how you got the boarding card!!!

Thanks again , brilliant report

OA260


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 25156 times:

Great report. Thanks.

Quoting SafetyDude (Thread starter):
Again, most of the Guests seemed relatively young and urban, especially in first. Two of the first Guests were on the previous day’s inaugural flight. As other people were boarding, I heard two funny remarks about the cabin. The first was, “This is so LA,” and the second was a woman talking on her cell phone, “I’m boarding now and I have to go. It’s all purple and stuff. I can’t deal with it.”

This will be a very big hurdle to overcome. Right now they are flying LA/SFO/NYC but once they start moving to other routes, there will be more of the "I can't deal with it" reaction. Maybe an airline can survive on people 18-35 who enjoy nightclub atmosphere all day long (club music, purple lights, white and black leather), but if they want to appeal to the greater masses, they may have to tone that down.

I guess red is even less relaxing, but there's a reason airlines use blue, and I think blue lighting and dividers would have been just as "hip" without being tiresome after so many flights.

I also wonder how enthusiastic that crew will be once they have done a few months of LAX-SFO-LAX-SFO-LAX-SFO-LAX day in and day out...  Wink

Quoting TG992 (Reply 4):
Purple plexiglass dividers and white leather seats - absolute tackiness...

They need to put purple LEDs on the engine blades too. That would be tight! ...  Wink



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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 24983 times:

im looking forward to doing the LAS-SFO-LAS leg on 10OCT and should have a TR out soon after along with videos.... God, i cant wait... your TR got me all prepped and stuff..

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 12):
That would be tight! ...

........no comment..  Wink



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 24956 times:

Nice report, they look fantastic, though the purple dividers with the white seats do look on the more tacky side. Everything else though does move towards flying a different way and matching an ever changing technological generation,

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 24786 times:

Great report. Lots of fun to read.

By the way, what kind of camera/lens did you use to take those photos?


User currently offlineEdelag From Mexico, joined Dec 2005, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 24538 times:

Excellent trip report, this report made my day. I now know what my dream airline could have.


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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 24279 times:

Nice report. Will be interesting to see how the "low cost" (is that really an accurate term for us to keep using?) market splinters over the next few years in the US, with some chasing the Greyhound bus crowd and others chasing the folks who want quality and can't find it on the legacy carriers.

Seems an interesting choice of initial routes, though: SFO/LAX to JFK and SFO-LAX are pretty crowded. And with jetBlue joining the crowd, too.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 24101 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 17):
Nice report. Will be interesting to see how the "low cost" (is that really an accurate term for us to keep using?) market splinters over the next few years in the US, with some chasing the Greyhound bus crowd and others chasing the folks who want quality and can't find it on the legacy carriers.

Yes. Product differentiation is now hitting the airlines.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 17):
Seems an interesting choice of initial routes, though: SFO/LAX to JFK and SFO-LAX are pretty crowded. And with jetBlue joining the crowd, too.

True. But other routes are planned as well.


User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 24095 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 12):
This will be a very big hurdle to overcome. Right now they are flying LA/SFO/NYC but once they start moving to other routes, there will be more of the "I can't deal with it" reaction. Maybe an airline can survive on people 18-35 who enjoy nightclub atmosphere all day long (club music, purple lights, white and black leather), but if they want to appeal to the greater masses, they may have to tone that down.

As opposed to a dull white/grey interior with faded upholstery and sterile white lights in the cabin? The cutting edge IFE more than makes up for it.

People 18-35 is an ideal group; recent college grads, discretionary income, a taste for hip and trendy. The point here is that there is product differentiation, and not just toward the ultra cheap leisure crowd.


User currently offlinePblaketas From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23488 times:

Oh now this is cool! Love the purple, white, black....and unlimited Evian water!

Makes Virgin Blue seem so drab and Live2Air very old-hat.

Wow wow wow.


User currently offlineMaxisno1 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 23488 times:

Great trip report. I hope to fly Virgin when I fly to the USA sometime soon.

Quoting SafetyDude (Thread starter):
We are not nameless “passengers” cooped up in a metal can held at the mercy of airlines

You should tell that to Jetblue (Laughs)


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 23488 times:

WOW, that was pure tr excellence!!
Please write another like it.  bouncy 

WN230



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 23261 times:

Fantastic read and what an amazing cabin! Even if the white leather seats are a bit impractical, they look great. Thanks for posting!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

[Edited 2007-10-15 03:22:53]


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User currently offlineAveugle From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 22812 times:

I enjoyed your trip report very much. The thing that struck me was the way they present the complimentary water. Very interesting...I think the purple is nice but maybe if they tone it down to a softer blue it wouldn't seem as harsh.

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