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LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:41 pm

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...

Any comments?

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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:47 pm

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  Laugh out loud  Big grin Oh, and of course, a rubber duckie for every passenger!

Have a nice flight.


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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:10 pm

Don't forget United! 777 LHRSFO...

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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:34 pm

Well, I suppose he wants to use an airline that's definitely still going to be around in December...  Laugh out loud
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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:39 pm

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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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:46 pm

I had this same dilemma when choosing an airline for South Africa. In the end, the prospect of a better Frequent Flyer program won out for me, and I flew BA.

I enjoyed it (maybe it was just the excitement of the trip, come to think of it), but then again, I haven't flown Virgin.
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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 8:55 pm

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
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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:08 pm

If you happen to be flying Virgin Upper Class, you may get the new Suite on the SFO route.

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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:10 pm

Forget about UA  Laugh out loud !!!

Fly VIRGIN !!!

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RE: LHR - SFO - Virgin Or BA?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:42 pm

I flew SFO-LHR a few months ago on Virgin and it was great. A 747 with video-on-demand!
To be fair though, haven't been on the same route with BA.

Virgin will be my choice.

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