VS744
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I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Sun Oct 07, 2001 8:27 pm

What a pair of flights!

I just flew a round trip with Virgin from LGW to MCO on two of their brand new 744's!!

Barbarella (G-VROM) and Hot Lips (G-VLIP) both delivered new in May 2001.

Watch out for the trip report tomorrow!

 
Mr.BA
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Sun Oct 07, 2001 11:17 pm

Hope you had a great time onboard this beauty.

alvin
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 12:44 am

I saw G-VLIP at SFO from LGW on July 10th. It nice to see new aircrafts especially 744s, endangered specie. Sparkling clean!

Michael SFO
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 1:18 am

Hope you had a great time...did the 24 hours of waiting pay off?  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Airbus380

Mon Oct 08, 2001 1:34 am

Hey buddy, I'm back after a little confusion with Johan. I was accidentally deleted or something I guess but I'm back, and you're back on my res. user list.

VS744, I bet you loved that 744. Now was this your first 747 flight or just your first 744 flight?
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 4:32 am

Hey The747Man, I was worried for a while there. I posted a topic about you in the Non-Av forum but it was deleted. Good to hear that you're back.
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:37 am

Did the same trip in September, brilliant service and on return flight to UK was upgraded to Premium economy upstairs, and all I had asked for was a window seat!!!

Any ideas why I would have got this?? It was so much better than Economy.
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 5:47 am

The most likely reason for your upgrade to Premium was that the flight was oversold in Economy.

Your comments are proof that the best way to get an upgrade is NOT to ask for one!!

I'm pleased to see that you enjoyed the excellent Virgin onboard service.
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 6:33 am

Regarding Upgrades,

One time, i was checking in at SIN on an SQ flight. And while checking in, since I am a premium Star Alliance member, I asked for an upgrade. She replied, "sorry sir, we aren't giving any complimentary upgrades here at checkin, please ask at the gate."

Next thing you know, she hands me my boarding pass, and it is Raffles Class!!!!

TB
 
VS744
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 6:12 pm

It was the first time on a 747 full stop - and great to be a 400 and so new!
The a/c are really clean and impressive - although the entertainment system on the latest a/c isnt the best on offer - they dont have games, only movies.
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Also, the seats are all odd colours, some orange, some blue and some red with no apparent co-ordination or reason.
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The cockpit door was locked for the entire flight and all flight deck visits are no longer allowed (I asked and they said no!)
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Also, we flew over new York on the return flight at night, which was a bit scary.
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Overall, VA were the best airline I have experienced, and I now have four of their free goodies bags sat at home!
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 7:05 pm

Gorgeous machine, the -400. Lucky chap.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
VS744
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Mon Oct 08, 2001 7:06 pm

especially kitted out in the Virgin Livery!
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Tue Oct 09, 2001 12:57 am

Hey,
I flew on G-VTOP (not so grand against the new 744's!) in May but I belive Virgins best ever 744 HAS got to be G-VXLG without doubt. I flew on her from LAX-LHR in May 2001 and to be honest I am not quite sure why I am obsessed with this aircraft- must be the nice reg and the FAB name - Ruby Tuesday.

Virgin are well known for funny reg's or ones that have some kind of meaning. The new 744 reg's dissapointed me, I mean G-VROY what kind of reg is that!! G-VBIG (Very Big) etc etc has class to it.

Come on virgin hope you can please us with A380 reg's!
Marc
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Tue Oct 09, 2001 4:14 am

Something that did alarm me on my flight was that the flight deck door was unlocked the whole journey with people in and out of there all the time, at one point the captain was standing by the open door for several mins chatting to one of the F/A 's who incidentally got the jumpseat for landing - lucky guy!!
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Tue Oct 09, 2001 8:08 am

I'm not sure but I think G-VROY is a reference to Roy Orbison,as I seem to recall one of their 744's being called Pretty Woman.

Qantas744
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Tue Oct 09, 2001 8:10 am

All right for you, pal!  Smokin cool
At Eastern, we earn our wings every day!
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Tue Oct 09, 2001 8:12 am

Ain't she a beauty? I'm sure it'll be an experience you'll never forget.

Regards.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Wed Oct 10, 2001 6:29 am

What happened to the trip report? I'm really looking forward to reading it.
 
VS744
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Wed Oct 10, 2001 5:38 pm

jetstreamer:

oops, i'll do it today!!

sorry - came back to work and had a lot to catch up with!!
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Wed Oct 10, 2001 6:23 pm

ok trip report done
 
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RE: I Just Got Off Of My First 747-400

Wed Oct 10, 2001 8:26 pm

And you got the brand new ones for your first flight. Now thats the way to fly. Hope you enjoyed it. Would you be interested in posting a similar version of your trip report in the trip report section of my website, showcasing what you liked about Virgin?
http://www.virginatlanticfan.f2s.com

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