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VS027 / VS016 LGW-MCO

Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:09 am

Virgin Atlantic
G-VROS ('English Rose')

After boarding last (my seat was in row 23, seat F), I took my seat, and settled in for a 9 hour journey.
After flicking through the TV guide (G-VROS is fitted with VS's NOVA system, meaning about 8 films, 5 TV channels and sky map), I decided to rewatch 40yr old Virgin.
Flight departed a little over 5 minutes late by my watch, and for some reason, I do not recall the Pilot welcoming us aboard.
Flight time was announced to be a little over 9 hours, and our route took us up, over Ireland, out over the Atlantic, and across to Canada and down from there.
Drinks service started about 40 minutes after takeoff, I opted for a Coke. This was of course Branson’s own brand; still I was thirsty from my breakfast (bacon roll at upper crust) and was pleased to be getting a drink for free (after last year’s 70p can of Pepsi on DP).
Meal Service began about 2 hours into the flight, and I was presented the choice of:
Mustard Pepper Sauce steak (or something similar)
Chicken Dinner
Spinach Ravioli
I chose the chicken dinner, it was nice, though a little on the small side, and I will say that the herb mash served with it wasn’t really to my likings. The dessert however was delicious, as I normally find with airline desserts. The wine was also very nice (I chose the red) though there was too little.
My movie finished, so I read some of my Airliner World Magazine whilst listening to Avenged Sevenfolds 'City Of Evil' album on my Portable Media Center, and then decided to switch it to video mode, and watch a film instead on it.
Whilst watching the film 'Slapshot 2' (very funny, people were looking at me as I laughed...) Ice creams were served. The ice cream bar was vanilla ice cream coated in chocolate filled with a strawberry filling. It was nice, though once thawed a little.
Encountered a brief spot of minor turbulence about here, and once this was over; our post lunch snack was served.
This was a choice of Egg Mayo sandwich, or a Chicken Mayo Sandwich.
I don’t like Mayonnaise personally, but still too the chicken option, and ate the bag of fruit they gave you with it. In the picture below you can see me enjoying a classic episode of Southpark.
With less than 2 hours left to go until we arrived at MCO, I decided to have a short nap. This plan was abandoned when the child in row 21 started crying, so it was back to my Media Center until landing.
Landing was smooth (once though the cloud), and I arrived in the not so sunny Florida, where it was about 54F.

Virgin Atlantic
G-VAST ('Ladybird')

Boarded straight after UCS and PE pax this time, as I was in seat 60K (my prebooked seat of choice I will add, unlike last time).
Was happy to see that this flight featured VS's Odyssey entertainment system, which may not be V: PORT, but as I’ve never been lucky enough to get V: PORT, Odyssey was decent enough (infact, comparable and in some cases better to many IFE systems offered by major airlines currently).
Full flight again, though I noticed that the complimentary welcome pack was the same as the outbound one, which is unusual as normally they offer a reduced size bag on the UK return legs.
Flight departed a little after 8pm, into the Orlando night Sky. The takeoff was smooth and would give no indication to the later part of the flight.
Drinks round offered, I again take the coke, and await the entertainment system to be activated (sky map gets dull after a while). Sky news comes first however, and after a quick refresh on why I left the country in the first place, I find myself watching TV commercials. I find that a bit low for VS...
About 1hr 20 into the flight, and the system active. I choose to watch Domino, which was enjoyable, and filled with many plot twists, finished with some kind of attitude problem.
Meal service begins during this time, and today my choices are...
Beef Stew
BBQ Chicken
(I missed the 3rd option)
I chose the chicken, which was ok, but a little too spicy. I couldn’t eat the whole serving, and disappointingly, the desert wasn’t very nice either. I wish I’d choose the stew now...
Film ended, I decided to try out a few games.
For the next hour and 30 I flick between games whilst listening to some Metallica, and I then decide to get some shut eye.
Or so I wish.
Light turbulence. Nothing too drastic, I can still sleep.
It gets pretty intense. I’ve never really felt turbulence that bad before, and find myself looking for a sick bag (which I have never done before). To keep myself occupied, I play solitaire and who wants to be a millionaire, both which I seem hopeless at.
After an hour or so of bad turbulence the flight smoothes back out and at last I get some rest.
I get about 1 hours sleep, and find myself in a position where I can’t go back to sleep, and find myself playing Pong.
Breakfast is served. The minute fruit salad consisting of 2 pieces of melon, 2 pieces of pineapple and a grape, is served alongside some pretty dire Orange juice and a rather sweet muffin.
Flight begins to descend about an hour from LGW, at this point I’m half sleeping, half watching SouthPark, and hardly notice that we have reached Penzance.
Landing into Gatwick a pretty rough one, with strong winds pushing the plane over to the side I was on. Landed at approx. 9:04am

Overall, the service on the flights was top notch (for economy) and the enjoyment was affected by a few minor niggles, and of course mother nature.
As before, I will return to VS as I have found flying with them to always be an enjoyable experience, and I hope to one day go beyond the divider curtain.

I hope you enjoyed my first trip report on this forum.
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