gocaps16
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September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:04 am

This is my first time flying on Virgin Atlantic. I had booked this flight 2 months ago for a reletively cheap price from Washington-Dulles Intl. Airport to London Heathrow Intl. Airport.
I left the house in D.C. at quarter til 4pm for my 18:40 departure on Virgin Atlantic flight 022, an Airbus A340-600, registration # G-VWKD. The night before I checked in on my home computer thinking I wouldn't be waiting in line to check in at the airport but I was wrong. I got to the DIY online check in line along with 15 or so travelling who are flying to LHR on the same flight. THe regular check in line with approx. 150 people were waiting in line. However, the time in the online check in line went slow, took me over an hour to check in and head to sercurity. I should've just waited in the regular check in line and that would've been quicker. Going to sercurity was simple, with only a few people in line. At this point, it was 18:00, 40 minutes until my flight leaves the gate, plenty of time for me. I took my laptop out of my laptop bag along with my camera gear and simple as that. I proceeded to the B terminal via the mobile lounges as what it's called at IAD. 5 minutes later, I was at the gate B32 and ready to board. Boarding call was normal, first with pre-board for the elderlies and for unaccompanied minors. Then it was upper class and then premuim economy and then economy from the rear to forward. My seat is 42K, so it was the third to be announced.

I was excited to be on an A340-600. I've heard nothing but great things with the airline. The flight was full but short of one passenger and I got lucky. The seat next to mine was empty. Virgin Atlantic provided us with an small amenity kit such as a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, ear foamies, an eyepad, and a pen and of course, a blanket and a pillow.

As we got everyone on board, we were ready to pushback at 19:00 only a few minutes late. We roar of the Rolls Royce were fierce and they're the ones that is powering our aircraft to London. The captain came on the PA with a friendly british greeting and the welcome aboard speech, then we were on our way to taxi to runway 30 which only took a couple of minutes in front of some executive jets and RJs.

Once we were airborne, flight time to London is 6 hours and 30 minutes which isn't all that long. Once we reached 10,000 ft, electronic devices were allowed and that's when they turned on the Vpower IFE system. Works absolutely awesome and has a many selection of on demand movies and TV, radios, games, and of course the iMap. Most of our flight was during the night, but the first hours was evening daylight until the sun set. We cruised at FL350 for about 5 1/2 hours. The first hour, the flight attendents served dinner to thep assengers on the port side of the aircraft, then and hour later, they served the starboard side their meals. The selection was chicken pasta and beef stew, so I had the chicken pasta and a glass of red wine while watching "Date Movie" on demand. During the middle of the movie, other passengers had problems with the IFE system, so the purser had to reboot the whole system down for about an hour. It was a bummer since I lost the movie, but I had my iPod for backup. Every hour, the flight attendents strolls by asking for water, coffee, or tea and collecting garage from the passengers. Most passengers took a nap to counteract with the time zones, while some stayed up enjoying the IFE like myself, but I did fell asleep for about an hour and a half and woke up and we were between Ireland and England already. At that time, the lights in the cabin were on and that's when we started our approach into London Heathrow's Airport. The weather on approach was cloudy, but above the clouds was beautiful with the sun rising as it was 06:30am. but once we got underneath the clouds, it was dull and grey but we had a nice view of the city and landed on runway 27R and arrived at the airstair parking 10 minutes early of schedule. Going thru customs took nearly 2 hours becuase of the long queue, but it was worth it becuase this started my voyage into London.

I'll have pics in a bit.

Kevin
 
gocaps16
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:41 am

Some pictures.....

My seat 42K


the PTV


Taxiing to runway 30
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_8455.jpg

Taking off runway 30
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_8964577.jpg

Turning right after takeoff
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_896434.jpg

Dinner
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_8964foo.jpg

AM approach into LHR
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_8963453.jpg

Final approach 27R LHR
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_896gh.jpg

Deplaning the bus
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0023_GVWKD_Sept5_IADLHR_89645mm.jpg

hotel room view Jurys Inn LHR
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k232/staggerwing777/DSC_0068.jpg

Enjoy!

Kevin

[Edited 2006-09-07 00:43:13]
 
RodNav
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Thu Sep 07, 2006 2:29 pm

Good trip report mate!
I recently flew VS as well and managed to get the same seat as you did (42K). It sure does kick arse. Your pictures captured that nicely.

I enjoyed your report. Keep them coming  Smile
Cheers!
 
ba757gla
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:20 pm

great report didnt know that was a a340 route!
 
b52murph
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 1):
Some pictures.....

My seat 42K

What seating configuration does VS use on the 346? Those seats look REALLY wide for a normal Y class...
 
pawsleykat
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:36 am

Brilliant Trip report man. I enjoyed reading it.  Smile VS seats are really comfy. Glad you enjoyed the flight.

JG
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gocaps16
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:58 am

Quoting B52murph (Reply 4):
What seating configuration does VS use on the 346? Those seats look REALLY wide for a normal Y class...

If I remember correctly, it's 2x4x2....or 2x3x2...i really cant remember. But the seat pitch wasn't that bad in Y class.

Kevin
 
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:28 pm

Very cool trip report!!!
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christao17
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:31 pm

What lens are you using on that camera? It makes Economy look like business class! =)
Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
 
gocaps16
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:59 pm

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 8):
What lens are you using on that camera? It makes Economy look like business class! =)

16mm fisheye.

Kevin
 
don
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:16 pm

Good report and Nice pictures.

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Thread starter):
Every hour, the flight attendents strolls by asking for water, coffee, or tea

They must have run of out beverages in the galley. LOL !
 
chris78cpr
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RE: September 5, 2006: Virgin Atlantic Flt 022 IAD-LHR

Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:58 pm

Nice report, Not flown VS on the IAD-LHR route but have flown the 600 on many others.

You were on G-VWKD which i believe has the new config with leather W seats and the newer Y seats. I think pitch is 31" on most seats and some are 29". I think.

Chris
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