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LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:33 am

LHR-LAX
VS-007 James Bond flight
G-VNAP Sleeping beauty
1st march 2006

Flight departure:11:30am
Arrived to LHR at 9am, meet my brother who flew in from Accra, Ghana on BA.
We then proceeded to check in desk for premium economy.
While we were waiting in the queue our passports where checked and a small virgin Atlantic sticker was attached to the back of our passport. While in the queue a VS staff was trying to convince passengers to upgrade to upper class for just $$US500 each. Arrived at the check in desk and as usual I asked for a window seat I pre-booked. All window seats where taken, an only two seats are available. We took the remaining two seats, good thing there were next to each other. We were handed US-Immigration forms
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/IMG_0002.jpg
We headed through security, long and slow moving, as we were flying Premium economy we headed to the fast track and turn out to be longer than normal security, I saw some passengers holding seat 45 in that row as well.
We headed for some shopping

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/LAX13.jpg

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA.jpg
Noticed the Airbus380 model of SQ
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA1.jpg

And for some food at the sushi bar
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA2.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA3.jpg

On our way to the gate:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA5.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA6.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA8.jpg


Boarding started 30minutes before departure.
As we were book on premium economy we jumped the waiting queue and headed towards the gate. We were the stopped by security at the gate and was aksed some weird questions:
Who paid for your ticket?
How much money you got?---Show me
Who was the last person you made a phone call to and what time?
Was also asked to remove battery from mobile so they can check it.
We boarded the plane and noticed the gallery filled with plates as the cabin crew were preparing salad. We were missing two passengers and the captain mentioned that we will give them 20minutes to show up if they don’t show up we will leave without them. Twenty minutes later 2 people showed up. And we departed 30minutes late.

5 minutes into the flight the passenger in front of us asked if he could bring 2 friends and seat in premium economy with him, the cabin crew refused and he got angry so he went and sat at the back with them.
We tok the two seats in front of us as they are bulk seats we get more leg room
35minites into the flights drinks and some snacks where distributed
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA11.jpg
Main meal was chicken, beef or vegetarian (Pasta). I pre-ordered seafood meal.
My meal was unavailable.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA12.jpg.
After the meal I went straight to catch up on some sleep.
2-3 hours later I was woken up for some ice cream
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/qqaaaq.jpg
Only one flavour was available and it was rock solid.
Waited for about 25minutes till it melted down a bit
I decided to watch Bad news Bears as my cousin is is this movie. I got bored of it quickly so
i decidedto play a couple games of trivia with some passengers
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/sssssssssssssssssss.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losA13.jpg
Some picture of PE class:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/aa.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/aaw.jpg


Economy class:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/aaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssss.jpg

90 minutes prior to landing a snack was distributed, a cabin crew came over and mentioned that she managed to sort a seafood platter for me…. that was nice of her until I received my SALAD wrap, while the others had Cajun chicken and cheese bread.
By the looks of it, she passed me someone else meal as it had another surname on it
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/ggege.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/kaka.jpg

we started our decent above Las Vegas, Nevada. Shame I didn’t had a window seat as we were landing together with an American airline MD. DAMN,,
we landed 10minus late, I could spot Lufthansa 74,Aeroflot 767 and the usual heavies.

While in USA I made an internal trip with southwest airline to phoenix, Trip report coming up soon as well as the return upper class VS.

Hope you enjoyed this short trip report


Some pictures during my trip to LA


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/imad236.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/imad154.jpg
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:07 am

Great report with pics. The food on VS always looks pretty good, and PE looks great!
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:01 am

Hi Soups,

Nice report and photo's.

Shame they messed up your meal, pretty poor from VS.

Look forward to more reports.

Rgds

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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):
Shame they messed up your meal, pretty poor from VS.

Was fine by me as the seafood meal was meant for my brother not for me
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:51 am

Very good report!, Loved the photos you've taken.

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
We were the stopped by security at the gate and was aksed some weird questions:

If you want to be asked some REALLY weird questions, try to fly out of TLV...  smile 
 
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:01 am

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
upgrade to upper class for just $$US500 each

That’s pretty good when PE cost on a one way ticket from LON-LAX GBP 1,182.80 with taxes.
Upper class is GBP 3,870.80 one way LON-LAX

So, $500 one way is pretty darn good when it cost about 2,688 difference to go from PE to upper class one way when booking online!!!
Great report!!! Looking forward to the return in upper class
I hope there are more virgin atlantic (upperclass) trip reports!

Cheers
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:49 am

Great trip report! And especally the pictures!

Thanks for sharing. Big grin
 
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:54 am

Excellent report! The food looks great, and so does PE!

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
We were missing two passengers and the captain mentioned that we will give them 20minutes to show up if they don’t show up we will leave without them. Twenty minutes later 2 people showed up. And we departed 30minutes late.

That is a long time to wait for a couple of passengers. That really surprises me.
 
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:40 pm

Quoting Bravo7e7 (Reply 7):

That is a long time to wait for a couple of passengers. That really surprises me.

Same here i though they will offload their bags by then
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:15 pm

Nice report and photos once again Soubhi!
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:31 pm

Great report! Especially the pics......

Quoting 4xRuv (Reply 4):
If you want to be asked some REALLY weird questions, try to fly out of TLV... smile

TLV is really awkward........
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Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:53 pm

Great report! Glad you enjoyed your trip. I have never has VS muck up my meal before.

One question...

How could you not take the Upper upgrade for $500!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be a bargain for $1000!!!!

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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:51 pm

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 11):
How could you not take the Upper upgrade for $500!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be a bargain for $1000!!!!

i upgraded on the return flight (with American express miles) as its a night flight
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:26 am

Soups,

great report as usual!!! wow you are more around the world than at home...  Smile
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:49 am

Quoting Avianca (Reply 13):
great report as usual!!! wow you are more around the world than at home

i agree with you.... my home is the sky
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:06 am

On the flight departures screen I see something that says, GFS109, Boston, 10:30. Virgin seems to have its own identifier on the screen--'VS'--so it can't be them. So what is this GFS 109 flight? Can't be AA either, because I see other American Airlines flights that are identified as 'AA.'

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Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:25 am

Great trip report - very enjoyable!  
Many thanks for posting.

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 15):
On the flight departures screen I see something that says, GFS109, Boston, 10:30. Virgin seems to have its own identifier on the screen--'VS'--so it can't be them. So what is this GFS 109 flight? Can't be AA either, because I see other American Airlines flights that are identified as 'AA.'

Chris in NH

It is GF 5109! Most probably a Gulf Air codeshare on AA109 to BOS. Both airlines codeshare with each other on some flights from LHR.
At LHR codeshare flights are not duplicated on the screens like this:

10:30 AA109 Boston
10:30 GF5109 Boston

Rather a flight will be listed and if it is a codeshare all flight numbers will be displayed in transition. The screen will show for example AA109 and then it will change to GF5109 in transition. If you look at the photo closely you can see that there are some flight numbers which can't be read as the photgraph was taken while they were in transition. For example, the screen on the right shows 11:30 to LAX, 11:50 to BKK , 12:00 to IAD. If you look closely you can see flight numbers in transition. The 11:30 to LAX is a VS flight codeshared with CO. The 11:50 to BKK is a TG flight codeshared with UA (you can just make out the UA prefix). Similarly, the 12:00 to IAD is a VS flight to IAD, codeshared with SQ, and again you can just make out the SQ prefix!

[Edited 2006-03-18 23:30:54]

[Edited 2006-03-18 23:33:08]
 
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:02 am

Ahhh...makes sense! I knew AA had a Flight 109 to Boston, so I figured that it probably was a codeshare like you described. Thank you!

I forgot to add...this was a great trip report!

Chris in NH
 
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:00 pm

Hey, nice pics there. Great TR.
 
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Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:50 pm

Good report, I flew into LAX from ZRH on LX40 on the 1st of march Big grin
 
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:10 am

Wow, Sleeping Beauty looks like a good aircraft- much better than what they used to have flying on that route.

Speaking of which, where was the Ruby Tuesday going (picture in the report)? Ive been on that tank more times than I care to remember, and usually to LAX!
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:54 am

Quoting Amhilde (Reply 20):
Speaking of which, where was the Ruby Tuesday going (picture in the report)? Ive been on that tank more times than I care to remember, and usually to LAX!

Picture taken at LHR looking at the screens it must have been flying to SFO or MIA on that day
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:19 am

Hi soups, interesting report.

Thank you for your picture of the in-flight route map. I live in Northern Utah and every day after school, I see contrails of 747s/A340s/777s/A330s arching across the sky directly above my house towards Southern California. I had thought that this is the Europe-LAX flightpath, thank you for verifying my suspiscions  Smile
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:32 am

Thanks for the TR and pics.

I wonder if you informed the crew that you had moved seats?

Normally special meal requests are allocated to individual seat numbers. If you hadnt told them you had moved then this could help explain the problem.
 
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RE: LHR-LAX On VS (Pics)

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:38 am

Quoting Richard28 (Reply 23):
I wonder if you informed the crew that you had moved seats?

Yeah i informed the crew before moving seats cabin crew took my details and return flight to make sure my meal was on board however when i checked my booking few hours before heading to airport, nothing under meal. wasn't bothered as upgraded. writing up TR now
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