No they don’t.
Three B744’s are fitted with Odyssey and another five are fitted with a IFE system called Super Nova – neither system is AVOD – so be warned.
Your best bet for looking at flight with Virgin Atlantic is www.v-flyer.com
is like the bible for Virgin Atlantic Airways – and all the information is normally bang up to date.
Having served on both airlines I would say the product is better on Virgin Atlantic – however there is great variations of the quality of food served on VS
flights (outside Upper) and I have always found BA
’s food to be better.
When you start looking down to things like the upkeep of aircraft they are all the same, both airlines are clean etc. I would say that BA
crew are more professional and helpful when you take everything into account.
Also, if you need help while in American, British Airways US call centre is great – while Virgin’s are not that helpful – but the chances of you needing to contact them are slim (I would hope).
As for the seats, its economy! You can find worn seats on both airlines from time to time… I must say I find as a whole BA
tend to update / change their seat cushions more often than VS
and the space allocated is officially the same. With VS
be warned of the IFE box that can take away legroom.
All in all, I would go for Virgin, but if you’re flying on a B744 there is not guarantee you will have a AVOD IFE system.