I am sitting here at Hampton Inn Sea-Tac Airport after flying a few trips up and down the coast. I flew both the inaugural SFO
flights. I flew coach on the outbound and return in first class.
So just a few brief and a larger report (including comparison to Alaska) will be provided later this week!
Both flights are operated by N625VA "Jefferson Airplane".
Both flights are on time and even five minutes ahead of schedule, which Alaska seems to struggle to do at times especially on the SFO
F/As are Kelly, Rob, Eric and Rudy, and all are excellent and worked both outbound and return flights.
Buffet at both ends of course... but most of the press comes from Seattle for obvious reasons.
Entertainment - the Dish network was not working on the SFO
flight and the CEO comped everyone free movies and TVs, and return flight worked fine.
Loading - full of Virgin America staffs...
Catering - full BOB menu was offered in economy class. According to the F/As, full meal and snack options are available on flights of two hours and above.
First Class, to my surprise, was offered a full hot meal. The lunch was the typical VX
F fare with trio tapas, trio bread rolls, and a choice of entrees, but no trio dessert service - only a box of Charles' chocolate, which is nice. I asked Kelly if it is a one time thing, and she said, "no". First class will see hot meals on all flights of two hours and above.
Virgin America uses gate A6 and Swissport as ground agent at Seattle.
The check- in counters are located at Door 15 between Northwest/KLM and US Airways. It is actually pretty large area with first class, main cabin, and self-service kiosk (two rows of them).
If you have further questions, feel free to ask!