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LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Sat Jan 27, 2001 5:36 pm

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.

L-1011-500

P.S. I will connect to Dublin from Heathrow upon arrival. ANY info on this connection is greatly appreciated.

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I'm Going LAX-LHR-DUB Too!

Sat Jan 27, 2001 5:51 pm

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!

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RE: I'm Going LAX-LHR-DUB Too!

Sat Jan 27, 2001 6:06 pm

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.
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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Sat Jan 27, 2001 6:26 pm

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!
Iain
 
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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Sun Jan 28, 2001 1:33 am

Fly AA i did from lax-lhr and it was the best i ever had. The more room in coach is well worth it and food was good.
 
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RE:You Lot Are Jokers!

Sun Jan 28, 2001 3:33 am

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!
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Yet Another Option

Sun Jan 28, 2001 3:40 am

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.
 
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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Sun Jan 28, 2001 4:27 am

For all of you that responded, thanks. Don't worry, I am used to cramming people in; try flying in a 362 seat L-1011 for 5 hours on ATA.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Keep the replies coming!

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BA747-436

Sun Jan 28, 2001 11:04 am

BA747 have you ever flown AA with more room in coach? Well i have and have flown BA,Virgin too they dont come close...
 
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Ripcordd

Sun Jan 28, 2001 2:13 pm

Ripcordd, what type of aircraft were you on for your flight?
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RE: Ripcordd

Tue Jan 30, 2001 2:31 pm

777 BA747
 
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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Tue Jan 30, 2001 2:49 pm

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.

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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Tue Jan 30, 2001 9:58 pm

Expect a loooong walk in Heathrow to arrive at the gate for the Dublin leg. All flights to Ireland embark at the farthest end of Terminal 1; I wonder what the reason is, security?
 
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RE: LAX-LHR On Virgin, Economy.

Wed Jan 31, 2001 6:20 am

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
4. United
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.

Cheers
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Ripcordd

Wed Jan 31, 2001 6:29 am

Ripcordd, the reason I asked was because AA doesn't post the amount of international planes that have received the new coach so thats good that they've started the 777s. Thanks.
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