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Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)

Sat Mar 08, 2008 3:51 pm

Date: 31 Jan 2008
Airline: Virgin Atlantic
Route: LHR-PVG
Flight No.: VS250
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: G-VATL
Seat/Class: 60A Economy
Scheduled: 13:45 - 08:50 +1
Actual: 13:50 - 08:51 +1


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This flight was to be my first time on Virgin Atlantic, I was flying with my girlfriend over to China to spend Chinese New Year with her family.

We arrived at Heathrow Terminal 3 at 11:00, 3hrs before the flight for enough time to do a bit of shopping and plane watching.
Went straight to Virgin's check-in area for the bag drop, having already checked-in online the day before, we just needed to check the luggage in. Pretty busy there, and had to wait about 15 minutes before getting to the desk.

Virgin's own check-in area at T3
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Upper Class check-in
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T3 departures
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packed as normal
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walked over to gates 13-22 to see what was around ...not much, just a UA 777 that had just pushed back, an AA 777 and a Saudi Arabian 777.
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to get back into the main departures area I had to go through arrivals and to transfers and go through security again, what a hassle!

My boarding pass
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at Gate 42, massive queue to enter the boarding area and once in the place was fully packed, looked like the flight would be the same. About 90% of the pax were Chinese, going home for Chinese New Year celebrations.
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G-VATL, my ride to PVG
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Another queue before entering the aircraft
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view from my seat, G-VHOT next to us getting prepared for its flight to New York.
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Etihad A340-541 taxing to its stand
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Safety video playing before push back
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Push back was at 1350, slightly late (5 mins) as explained by the Captain was due to airport congestion. The captain then gave a detailed announcement of our routing (over the baltics, through Russia, passing over Mongolia and then Beijing before reaching Shanghai), our estimated flight time, weather conditions etc.
Runway in use today was 27R, here’s a few pics taken of the departing traffic whilst taxing and holding before departure.

Iceland Air 757-200 TF-FIN
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Lufthansa 737-300 D-ABEK
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BMI A319 G-DBCD
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British Airways 767-300ER G-BZHB
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British Airways A320 G-EUUL
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Air Canada A330-300 C-GHKW
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British Airways A320 G-EUUT
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British Airways A319 G-EUPS
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British Airways 747-400 G-CIVL
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After the Emirates 773ER it was our turn to line up for takeoff
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Some of the holding traffic
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We began our roll down 27R at 14:12
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Rotate!
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About 20 minutes into the flight the v:port system was started and headsets and amenity kits distributed
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some pics of the v:port system and controller
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some window views
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Our current location, about 30mins into the flight and we're already flying past the coast of Holland, heading North Easterly towards the Baltics.
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The drinks service didn't start until 40mins into the flight.
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here’s my lemonade accompanied by a small packet of Worcester Sauce Pretzels and a wet wipe. That’s how it was given to me.
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The meal service didn't start until almost 2hrs into the flight, which I thought was a bit late, if I hadn't bought a sandwich and eaten it whilst boarding was taking place I would have been starved by now. And no more drinks until after the meal.
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Dinner was a choice of either Beef or Vegetarian, I choose the Beef. A choice of tea, coffee and Chinese tea came round a few times at the end of the meal.
Portions could have been bigger, although the meal wasn't actually that great, and that’s coming from someone that usually loves airplane meals.
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3.5 hours into the flight and we're around Perm
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Flying through the night over Russia, lights shining on the engines and winglets were left on throughout the whole flight which I hadn't seen before. Infact I hadn't seen lights that shone on the engines and winglet before either.
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Lights off in the cabin, as we flew through the night. During this time I watched The Bee Movie and Disturbia, an episode of the Peep Show, filled out my landing cards and tried to get a bit of sleep.
The seatbelt signs came on a few times due to some slight turbulence
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The breakfast service came round about 1.5hrs before we were due to land at PVG.
The choice was English breakfast, Vegetable Omelette or Chinese seafood congee, I went for the English breakfast.
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the congee
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meanwhile the sun was starting to rise
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some more cabin shots
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Descending into PVG
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Touchdown on 35L, ATA 08:47 (00:47z)
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Taxing to the terminal, as well as the many MU aircraft, there was also UA 744, NW 744, KL 744, NZ 772 and Finnair A343. Over at the Cargo terminal there was a LH cargo MD11, ABC 744ERF, EK skycargo 744 and MU cargo MD11
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A line of tails plus winglet
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Parked at stand 22, next to KLM 744 PH-BFP, being prepared for its flight back to AMS
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Shanghai Airlines 738 in new colours taxing, delivered September 2007
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the mad rush to get up and collect all belongings then to wait before actually being able to move
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a few more cabin shots whilst getting off the plane
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the wing seen from the airbridge
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The arrivals level at PVG was very quiet and immigration was pretty quick, then down to the departures hall
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This was my first time flying Virgin Atlantic, overall, the flight was pretty uneventful and but nothing special either.
The F/As on this flight were mostly Chinese, aswell as the pax which made it feel like flying on a Chinese airline.
As the flight was mostly during the night there wasn't much to see apart from a few oil field flares over Siberia, but we did fly past my home town Amersham on departure from LHR.




Return flight:

Date: 14 Feb 2008
Airline: Virgin Atlantic
Route: PVG-LHR
Flight No.: VS251
Aircraft: A340-642
Reg: G-VRED
Seat/Class: 54K Economy
Scheduled: 11:10 - 15:50
Actual: 10:57 - 15:36


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Took the Shanghai Transrapid (Maglev) to the airport, the top speed of the magleve is 431kph, but this time they only took it up to 300kph. I arrived at PVG at 08:36
Pic taken from the maglev as we approached the station:
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Departures level, this is the check-in for domestic flights situated on the right hand side of the terminal.
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The domestic departures
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and international
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The Virgin Atlantic check-in desks, not many people here! the bag drop was pretty quick and efficient
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Being pretty quiet we passed through immigrations and security very quickly, no queuing at all!

One thing to say first, the terminal at PVG is horrible for photography, with all the framework of the building and not being able to get up close to the window due to there being a gap down to the arrivals level, it is impossible to get a clear shot.
Anyhow I must take some pics, no matter how bad it is.

NWA 747-400 N666US operating NW026 to NRT
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Garuda A330-300 PK-GPE being prepared for GA897 for SIN and CGK
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Some China Eastern international departures
A330-200 B-6123, operating a MU5007 special New Year charter to TPE
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A340-600 B-6050, operating MU505 to HKG (I flew on this one HKG-PVG a few years back in 2004)
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Just landed at PVG, taxiing over to the cargo terminal
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First sight of my ride back to London parked at gate 21, its G-VRED, one of the newer A340-600s in the VS fleet, and in the new colours (if you can call it new??)
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PVGs international departures
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British Airways 777-200ER taxiing to its stand after landing 35mins delayed from LHR, its 09:57 (LT) and its due for a 10:55 departure as BA168 back to LHR
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My plane, still being prepared for VS251 to LHR
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MU505 taxiing out for departure to TPE as MU5007
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Finnair A340-300 OH-LQB operating AY058 to HEL
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ANA 777-200ER JA709A operating NH922 to NRT
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Looking down the long terminal
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Korean Air 737-900 HL7718 operating KE876 to Pusan
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Air China A330-200 taxiing by
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Air France 777-200ER arrival from CDG
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GA897 taxiing out for departure to Singapore
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AY058 just pushed back for departure to HEL
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rare arrival here in China, China Airlines 747-400 is seen here landing from TPE on one of the special new year charters. Will be returning to Taipei as AE872 (Mandarin Airlines)
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Boarding began at around 09:30 and we go down one level to the boarding gate, down on this level you can get much better pics.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)

Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:09 pm

What a great report, it made me feel on board your flight!
Also some very high quality shots, especially those made at LHR from your seat! Amazing to get such a good result!
Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )
flown: F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,77W,788,319,320,321,333,AB6.
 
22886
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RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)

Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:37 pm

seems not all of it got posted, here's return flight continued...

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The China Airlines 744 has just pulled into gate 20 next to us
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view down the long plane from the airbridge
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Boarding...
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we're parked next to an Asiana 744M on the other side, this one is in the new colours
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The flight was very empty and boarding was completed in no time. We pushed back at 10:55, 20 minutes before the scheduled block time
some pics from the window as we taxi towards runway 35L for departure
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Have to wait for a few planes to land before we can takeoff
Shanghai Airlines 737-800 B-2153
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China Southern A320 B-6277
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Sichuan Airlines A321 B-6300 next in line for takeoff after us
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11:08 and we begin our flight to LHR
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Passing over Chongming Island on the North of Shanghai
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New seats on this newer A340-600, the remote control is much better located under the screen rather than on the side of the armrest
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even with lumbar support
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the legroom
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Headsets and amenity kit were handed out and a drinks service came through shortly after takeoff. The amenity kit on this flight came in a much smaller bag but with the same contents.
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following an odd route out of PVG
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and then finally making a left turn to fly north towards Mongolia about 40 mins into the flight
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some flight stats
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Lunch was served about 50 mins after departure. The choice was Beef in Black Pepper sauce with Rice or Chicken breast with Roast Potatoes and Vegetables
I chose the Chicken but as I had just caught a pretty bad cold I couldn’t taste it at all! looked nice though. Again tea, coffee and Chinese tea was offered after the meal.
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Cruising over Northern china through to Mongolia and on to Siberia
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Lights out and blinds closed as we fly towards Europe
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more window views
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5 hours into the flight ice lollies and mini sandwiches are handed out, juice and water rounds came regularly.
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after 2 movies (watched Knocked Up and The Darjeeling Limited) and a bit of sleep and we're already in Europe
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A second Lunch is served about 1.5 hrs before landing. The choice Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Rice or was Gammon and Pineapple with Potatoes
I went for the Gammon but still couldn't taste though, again looked quite nice
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Beginning our descent into LHR
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through the clouds and into good old gloomy English weather
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Touchdown on 09L was at 15:27 after a flight of 12hrs 19 minutes
lots of VS a/c parked at T3
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Iran Air 747SP
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Taxiing to our stand at T3
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Arriving at gate 19 next to an AA 772ER. On blocks at 15:36, 24 mins before schedule
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some pics of the Upper Class cabin after the flight
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and a quick visit to the cockpit before getting off the plane
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We're parked next to the special Gulf Air A330-200 A9C-KF
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my plane parked at gate 19
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JAL 744 JA8076 arriving as JL401 from NRT
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ANA 773ER JA780A just pulled into the gate after NH201 from NRT
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Immigrations for EU/UK passport holders was quick with no queues at all and into the baggage reclaim. A short wait and my luggage was picked up and I was soon heading home. Heathrow's not always as bad as they say!
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That’s the end of my trip on VS to PVG, overall pretty good, liked the new style seats and great AVOD system.
Thanks for reading/looking and hope you enjoyed the pics, please feel free to leave some comments.

Vin
 
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:15 pm

Great report and some fantastic pics. VS looks like a great airline!

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
some flight stats

am I reading that right? 549kts airspeed and 449mph groundspeed?

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:25 pm

Awesome!

Nothing makes the future seem brighter than seeing CI birds at PVGBig grin
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:30 pm

Excellent trip report with great pictures! I really enjoyed reading it.
 
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:24 pm

outstanding report.

Photos were A+ pictures.

great detail and over all report.

thanks much for a great report

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:46 pm

Awesome trip report, enjoyed it very much.  Smile

Thew new colours of VS are growing on me, I'm looking forward to flying one of their A346's soon.

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:05 pm

Great report!

You took some fantastic pictures.

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:55 pm

They have a reputation for very tight legroom and it shows. Thanks for a great report.
 
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:04 pm

Nice report, the amount of pictures almost killed my maxed out laptop but was interesting to see VS' service on a route such as this.
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:13 pm

Awesome pictures!  Smile I remember when my dad used to work in Shanghai and my mom and I were living in Taiwan, we had to either fly to Hong Kong or Tokyo first, then transfer plane to SHA. That was a really big hassle...  Yeah sure
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Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:17 pm

Thanks Vin,

An excellent report and superb selection of pictures, very impressive!

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
And no more drinks until after the meal.

- I've not flown VS for 4 or 5 years, it was back from NRT, but I thought they offered a drink service with the main meal, this to enable you to have a beeor or wine with your dinner.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
Took the Shanghai Transrapid (Maglev) to the airport, the top speed of the magleve is 431kph, but this time they only took it up to 300kph.

- Shame, I used it twice and got top speed on both times, got a video of it someplace.

The meals look better on the flight x PVG rathern than the catering from Heathrow.

Regards

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:41 pm

Excellent TR and pics . The best one I have seen on VS for a while. Shame about the meal but the seats and PTV look decent enough.

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:51 pm

Hey Vin,
What a lovely report on VS. Awesome pictures too... Looks like they gave you a better service on your way back from PVG that on your way there... Typical VS  Smile I experienced VS in winter of 06 when I went to India and my flight from JFK to LHR were not the best as they say... Took my faith out of VS. But they redeemed themselves on the flights to BOM as well as my return flight to JFK!!!
Thanks a bunch for writing this trip report and sharing it with us!!!
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:29 am

Impressive pictures and reporting.
Makes me wish Id paid the extra £50 to fly VS to New York this summer...

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Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:08 am

Outstanding photos. Looks like Virgin is a pretty good way to fly in Economy.

The new terminal here at Bangkok has the same problem as the airport in Shanghai - terrible for photos!
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:39 am

I enjoyed reading... thanks!

LHR's T3 baggage reclaim looks really messy... its a shame that's what so many of our foreign visitors are greeted with when the arrive in London!  Sad
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:14 am

Excellent report, I really enjoyed it...thanks!
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:14 pm

Ive read a couple of these travel logs now, enjoyed it thanks..good pics.
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:12 pm

Great documenting of the flight. I thought I might have to many pics in my next my PVG trip report, but I guess not. Loved your wide angle views of the cabin etc.

Post us a link to the photos you took while in Shanghai, I'm sure we'd all love to take a look.

Regards.
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:42 pm

Fantastic trip report and wonderful photos.

I'm doing VS to Hong Kong later this year and so looking forward to it (Shanghai is close I suppose!)
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:52 pm

Very nice TR. You obviously put a lot of work into this. Unfortunately it took me 2x to read the whole things as all the pics caused my computer to freeze......but i like the report.
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:52 pm

Thankyou for the awesome photo TR! ! It's one of the best I've ever seen. You took great pics even in PVG with the glass obstructing your view. I hope you'll post some of your pics for other's to see in an album etc..
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:12 pm

Great report and good pics. Thanks for sharing. VS reports are a bit rare I think. At boarding for your return flight you made a photo of the f/a. Behind them is a bar. Is the bar only for upper class? Are the drinks charged? Any experiences with this service?
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:36 pm

Nice report and a great selection of photographs!

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
to get back into the main departures area I had to go through arrivals and to transfers and go through security again, what a hassle!

Exactly the same thing happened to me last week, bit of a waste of time going upto that pier.

Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
Portions could have been bigger, although the meal wasn't actually that great, and that's coming from someone that usually loves airplane meals.

Yet again, exactly the same meal for me on my recent flight LHR-JFK! The mashed potato had a strange taste to it eh? The chocolate pot more than made up for it though.

Tom Big grin
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:26 pm

First of all sorry to all who's computer I have crashed with all the pics!!
and thanks for all ur kind compliments.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
They have a reputation for very tight legroom and it shows

yeh legroom was a bit tight and I'm only 171cm

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
they offered a drink service with the main meal, this to enable you to have a beeor or wine with your dinner.

I think they did offer beer or wine with the meal service but they didn't come round with any more soft drinks for those who didn't want alcohol. They did come round several times with tea/coffee/chinese tea after the meal though

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):
I used it twice and got top speed on both times

I think this is about my 7th time on the maglev, this was my first time not reaching top speed. I watched the speedometer go up and up but seemed to stop at 300kph and then go back down

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 14):
Looks like they gave you a better service on your way back from PVG that on your way there

yeh service on the way back was better but I guess the flight out to PVG was fully packed whereas the return back to LHR was very empty

Quoting Sh0rtybr0wn (Reply 20):
Post us a link to the photos you took while in Shanghai, I'm sure we'd all love to take a look.

will post a link to an album once I've sorted out all the pics, and theres hundreds!

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 24):
Is the bar only for upper class? Are the drinks charged?

Yes the bar is only for upper class, I've never tried it but I suppose the drinks must be complimentary

Will be off to Hong Kong in April flying on Qatar Airways LHR-DOH-HKG-DOH-LHR on the A333 and A346 so next report coming soon


my other trip reports: Antonov An-26 Ad-hoc Cargo Charter EMA-RNS-VGO-MPL (by 22886 Aug 30 2007 in Trip Reports) Photo Report Air Canada 777-300ER YYZ-LHR Economy (by 22886 Aug 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
 
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Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:25 pm

Nice TR

Love all your pics.

So will you fly with VS in the future again??

The VS upper class check in looks really nice.



Thank you for sharing

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:31 pm

Hello
Nice trip report, looked like you had a good flight with us! Just to clear a couple of things up, soft drinks (eg coke, diet coke, lemonade and orange juice) would have also been placed on the top of the cart in a box during the meal service. Its down to the individual crew member some say 'can i offer you a drink with your meal?' others say 'any wine with your meal?' and sometimes i've heard 'any wine or beer with your meal?' All are acceptable, as we can't reel everything off but don't be scared to ask for a soft drink instead of alcohol. Throughout the flight you can also ask for more free drinks if need be, we don't do another complete service with carts to minimise distruption in the cabin but do OJ and water rounds regulary. Passengers will always come up with something to moan about! One wants another drinks service, the other want's no carts in the asile again and walk about!

Also just to confirm the bar is for upper class passengers only, and everything just like every beverage onboard regardless of what cabin you are situated in are all complimentary throughout the flight.

Glad you enjoyed it, fab photos! See you onboard sometime!
Mark
 
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Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:03 am

Wonderful trip report. Truly a pleasure to read. I've always wanted to fly Virgin Atlantic, and the A346 for that matter. The service looked amazing. IFE looked nice, and the food looked delicious. I also love your pics at each airport and during the flight. Again, thanks for sharing a wonderful report.

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RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)

Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:09 pm

Nice trip report, thank you. From your pictures, the Y-class seats on VS not only appear to have poor legroom, but look quite narrow too. BA's Y class definitely looks an inch or so wider. Perhaps it's just a visual thing, because of the hard-shell back with the IFE screen.

Still, the food looks nice, and AVOD is always welcome on long flights. The IFE controllers look cool, but appear to scratch easily.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of P

Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:31 pm

Hey Vin.
This trip report I must say was fantastic. It had pictures, detail and has been very neatly presented.
It was a shame about the meal though.

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RE: Virgin Atlantic LHR-PVG-LHR Economy (lots Of Pics)

Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:00 am



Quoting 22886 (Thread starter):
to get back into the main departures area I had to go through arrivals and to transfers and go through security again, what a hassle!

This is rather unusual. What is the rationale for this type of design?

Good TR BTW.

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