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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:57 am

VS Trip reports always seem rare, especially Upper Class ones, so I thought I would share my experience with you. This is my first TR, so bare with me. Also, I am not a photographer, nor into my photography so my pictures aren't fantastic, but they get the message across.

Background To The Trip.

VS are my favourite airline, and it has always been my dream to fly with them in Upper Class. In 2007, myself and 5 other students won an enterprise competition designing a sporting aid for the visually impaired, we came up with a rock climbing experience. We went on to win the competition and receive £100 worth of Virgin Vouchers. This partially funded the trip, as well as personal savings and air miles. For the enterprise part, I wish to thank Mrs P and Mrs W, who are my Business Studies teachers, without them the inspiration and this trip wouldn't have been possible. My parents also agreed to fund a small portion of the trip as a well done for completing GCSE's (end of compulsory education exams conducted across the UK).

Pre-Airport

I didn't sleep much at all Friday night, I came back from Air Cadets so excited, it made it virtually impossible. I awoke at 06:00 and left home at 07:00 for the hour and a half journey to LHR.

Check In.

Virgin have recently renovated there check in at terminal 3 and it now looks very modern. It was fast and extremely effective. I collected my boarding card and checked in my bag. My family and I made our way up to the VS Upper Class Wing. As an Upper Class passenger, I was able to use the new Upper Class Wing. This includes a private security channel for Upper Class and Flying Club Gold passengers. I bid farewell to my family who will be joining me in 3 weeks times. In the wing, passengers arriving by Virgin's car service get dropped off and it is claimed that passengers can get from limo to lounge in 10 minutes. I managed it in 4. Quickly breezed through the wing with no trouble what so ever, and by-passed the shoe channel by showing my boarding pass, and entered the lovely LHR terminal 3 departures. I followed the signs to the Clubhouse, hoping not to get lost as I had no idea where exactly it is. I saw the white marble stairs, which I recognised from the Virgin Atlantic website. I proceeded up the stairs and made my way to the heaven that is the VS Clubhouse.

Clubhouse.

I showed the lady at the counter my card, and was welcomed by name. How to describe the Clubhouse? WOW. It is incredible. So modern, spacious and vast full of typical features you can only find on VS. You instantly get the impression that Virgin are welcoming to you, and that you are in for a fun flight, and not just another normal flight.

Menu & Boarding Card

Above: Boarding card, Menu & Ticket Holder.

Just before I took the above photo, a lovely lady offered me breakfast, I of course did not decline.

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Above: Full English Breakfast & Tea.

It really was as nice as it looked, I could have had another, if I knew I wasn’t going to eat so much later, this was the right choice, as I really did eat loads.

After eating this, It was time to explore. I started around by the hot tub and Cowshed, but unfortunately didn’t take any pictures here. Also, unfortunately wasn’t allowed to use it due to my age and travelling alone. I also wasn’t allowed a massage due to my age, so instead took a haircut which I had pre-booked for 12:00.

Time for some Pictures, since they speak a thousand words, and can just explain how amazing this airline lounge really is compared with any others.

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Above: Gallery

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Above: Me in a basket chair, (Looking awful)

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Above: Gallery

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Above: Fish on a screen, which a fellow passenger thought were real, until corrected otherwise by VS staff.

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Above: Pool side

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Above: Pool side and Cowshed

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Above: Pool side

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Above: Lounge Overview.

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Above: Me in the bubble chair in the poolside lounge.

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Above: Pool side lounge

G-VROC

Above: View from the VS Clubhouse, and my ride, G-VROC "Mustang Sally".

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Above: Raised area, nice light and modern.

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Above: Bar

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Above: Modern seats in the VS Clubhouse.



Above: Another lounge overview.



Above: Roof garden, currently closed due to fire started by smokers. This will re-open as soon as CCTV has been fitted to prevent this.



Above: Roof garden again.



Above: Strawberry mix



Above: Multiscreen.



Above: Bar.



Above: Overview.

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Above: Pool table, there are other games, but I didn't take pictures.

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Above: This counter was full of sweets, jelly, fruit salad, and little things that are naughty, but nice as Virgin Atlantic refer to them as.

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Above: Clubhouse Burger, It was Delicious.

Boarding.

Leaving the Clubhouse as VS045 was called, and I made my way to gate 32.

Airline: Virgin Atlantic
Flight Number: VS045
Aircraft: G-VROC "Mustang Sally" Boeing 744
Flight time: 7 Hours
Departure: 14:00
Arrival JFK: 16:40 local.
Load factor: 100%

G-VROC

Above: G-VROC "Mustang Sally"

We were told to walk straight to the front of the line, showing our boarding pass to ensure priority boarding, this did make me feel a tad guilty cutting in front of other passengers. Joined the line, and the couple in front of me had the "magic beep", they had been upgraded to Premium Economy. Lucky people.

I was instructed to walk straight on to the aircraft, and was greeted by some very friendly crew, they escorted me to my seat (15K) and offered me a pre-flight drink. Obviously due to my age, I wasn’t offered champers, so instead went for water to make a change to the amount of coke I had drunk in the clubhouse.

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Above: Feet up!

We were greeted by the FSM and CSS for the flight, who both were fantastic and took care of all the 54 passengers to ensure a smooth running.

The Upper Class suite is so comfortable, and lived up to everything it is marketed to be. My only tiny complaint, is that is hard to look out the window, but that isn’t important unless your an a.nutter.

a delay of 15 minutes due to ATC and 2 late passengers, who turned up just as bags were about to be offloaded. During this time, a manual safety demonstration was completed, which is a shame because Virgin's video is so funny, even after the 15th time of viewing it, defiantly a way to get people's attention.

30 Minutes late, we took off from Runway 27L.

The crew member that would be looking after me came around and introduced herself to me and got to know me better. She was very fascinated with my story and how I had worked to get this trip, she really worked hard to ensure I received the most out of it. Defiantly a credit to VS. After this, she explained how the suite works, the services available today and if I wanted duty free, and asked me for drinks orders. I went for yet more coke.

During this time, kits were handed out and noise cancelling headphones. The CSS came round with a basket full of additional goodies.

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Above: Kit & Headphones

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Above: Snooze Pack opened.

Drink's arrived with a little side plate of crisps.

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Above: Coke & Walkers Sensation Crisps.

V:PORT (Virgin's AVIOD IFE) was turned on, an incredible system full of all kinds of feautres.

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Above: IMAP with the lovely Nataile Horler aka Cascada.

My member of crew came back and took dinner orders. I made my chose and she came back to lay my table.

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Above: Table with The Simpsons.

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Above: Salt & Pepper, I love these" They say "Pinched From Virgin Atlantic" on the bottom.

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Above: Warm bread service with 5 options, I went for the garlic and it was lovely.

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Above: Green salad with feta cheese, rocket dressing and peas. It was lovely, perfect condition.

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Above: Beef in red wine source. Really moist and tender, vegetables were perfect and an enjoyable dinner.

I was then offered sweets, and being the child I am, went for the orange ice cream with dark chocolate source.

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Above: Pudding, It was lovely!

After all of this, I decided a trip to the bar was in order. I was up there for at least 1 hour 30 minutes of the flight, chatting away to the crew, who showed me the upper deck (recently this had been re-configured) and were really generous to me at the bar, offering me more ice cream (can't say no can I?) and crisps.

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Above: Me on the now all Upper Class upper deck.

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Above: Me at the bar.

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Above & Below: The Bar.

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Above & Below: Bar in the funky lights.

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Above: Modern design above the bar.

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Above: More Bar.

After leaving the bar, I took a few cabin shots.

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Above: View from my suite, I think it looked cool.

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Above: Nose of the 747.

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Above: Can't really see the mood lighting, but it was visable in the cabin.

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Above: "B" Zone on this 747.

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Above: Nose of the 747, with the former beaty area on this bird. Sad to see it empty.

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Above: Me in my suite.

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Above: Not like a normal airline seat belt.

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Above: Cocktail tray.

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Above: More modern lights on this bird.

At this point, I converted to a bed, just so I can lie down for a bit, unfortunately no pictures, but I will on the return.

I was asked if I wanted anything more before landing, I opted for the apple & cinnamon scone with cream and jam.

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Above: Scone, Jam & Tea.

It really was as nice as it looked, I asked my member of cabin crew if there was any more ice cream left, and she said she would see what she could do, and luckily enough came back with a tub.

At this point we were at the top of our descent, and the cabin started to get ready for landing. The IFE was then switched off.

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Above: My Suite 15K.

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Above: The now un-used IFBT area.

Landing in JFK was smooth and the approach was amazing, with great sites of NYC.

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Above: Random photo I took before landing showing the red lighting.

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Above: The cabin after landing at JFK.

The cabin crew had obviously listened to me at the bar earlier on the flight, and invited me to the flight deck at JFK. The flight deck crew were fantastic, and started to play with my camara. The found my stories interesting and wished me luck with my future plans.

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Above: Posing for the camera, the FO decided to put his stripes on me. These guys were great.

After thanking the flight deck crew, I thanked the FSM and her crew for making this flight a really special flight for me, and proceeded to immigration.

JFK terminal 4 was warm and very busy. I breezed though immigration and collected my bags to meet my host family for the next 6 weeks.

Overall, I loved Virgin Atlantic. They keep the fun in flying and have a really strong Upper Class product. I look forward to my return flight on the 6th of Aug.

Thank You and I hope you enjoyed reading.

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:51 am

Great report and great pictures!!!
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:55 am

Wow, that clubroom is amazing. I must try their product one day, you look liked you enjoyed yourself!
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:59 am

I'm definetely impressed with the pictures, the Clubhouse looked pretty sweet.

Orange ice cream? Did it taste good at all? Just reminds me of those creamsicles  crazy 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:03 am

Great TR! Thanks for posting!

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:08 am

Pity the design of those seats allow for so many feet to possibly stink up the cabin and seep into someone's personal space. Poorly designed IMHO!

Nice TR though and great pics!
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:48 am



Quoting TUNisia (Reply 5):
Pity the design of those seats allow for so many feet to possibly stink up the cabin and seep into someone's personal space. Poorly designed IMHO!

I've flown a few times on Air NZ in the same sort of seats (they are licenced from Virgin) and can safely say that I have yet to have an offended nose from pongy feet. The way they are laid out means there is sufficient spacing from feet to face LOL.

Great trip report, lucky guy for getting the guided tour of the cockpit.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:22 am

Very very nice report, i guess you're aiming to be a pilot then?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:34 am

My compliments on a very entertaining report. The pictures showed you had a lot of fun and that is important. Unfortunately airline program loyalty prevents me from using Virging. I wish they would enter an alliance.

Hope you will have a lot more of these fun trips! Keep up the good work.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics

Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:04 am

Superb trip report, that clubhouse is amazing. Glad you had a fantastic time!

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:29 am

Great Trip report, there aren't many VS ones here on a.net

The VS Clubhouse looks amazing and nice to see some pics of the Upper class cabin too.

Great cockpit photo at the end, that must have been the highlight of the day! Glad you enjoyed your flight

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:34 am



Quoting TUNisia (Reply 5):
Pity the design of those seats allow for so many feet to possibly stink up the cabin and seep into someone's personal space. Poorly designed IMHO!

Nice TR though and great pics!

That wasn't a problem at all, infact the seat is the mos cleaver design I have come across. I love the fact you sleep in a proper bed, rather than an adapted seat.

Quoting BA777 (Reply 7):
Very very nice report, i guess you're aiming to be a pilot then?

I am indeed. One day.

Quoting KstateinALB (Reply 3):
Orange ice cream? Did it taste good at all? Just reminds me of those creamsicles

It sure did. If you have ever eaten a dark chocolate orange, It was like that, but not so strong. I really enjoyed it, so much so I had another!
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:40 am

What a great trip report, so many good photos of the Upper Class cabin and flight deck which is so nice to see.

The clubhouse is a great experience, I was speaking to an Upper Class passenger the other who always flies Virgin but because he lives so close to the airport, has never felt the need to pay the Clubhouse a visit, he didn't quite realise what he was missing.

The orange ice-cream with chocolate sauce is a favourite of mine. The Chocolate cheesecake on the way home is even better, although ask them if they can put a dash of the raspberry sauce from the swiss almond ice-cream on the side, it's pure heaven with the chocolate.

Glad you had such a nice flight
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:37 pm

Nice one VScaptain, you'll get there. I'm doing my ATPL at the moment chasing the same dream.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:52 pm

Excellent TR mate, and yes it is nice to read a VS trip report for once!

Good pictures showing the clubhouse which is fantastic! How long have you been in the Air Cadets? Are you thinking of becoming an airline pilot?

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:16 pm

Awesome trip report. I was able to fly Upper Class back in January EWR-LHR-JFK and it was amazing. The service was the best I've had (granted I normally fly US carriers). The Virgin Clubhouse at LHR was excellent too - I knew I would love it when I sat down and immediately had a hostess come up to me and say that it looked like a glass of champers would do me good!! I take it you're in NYC for the summer?
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:29 pm

Hi !

Wow, excellent report, especially for your frist one.

Virgin is definitely leading the pack with their club houses. I like how modern they are.

Your enthusiasm for your flight and for your future career show, well done.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:10 pm

Great trip report and amazing photos! I wish I could fly UC one day  Smile

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:45 pm

You know what? One of the best TRs Ive read here in a long time. VS looks great, I'd like ot travel on them one day.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:07 pm

I notice that you have the same interest in food that I have!!
It is amazing that you earned the value for this flight at your age and for that I must congratulate you and wish you the best for the future. I am sure that you will be able to provide us with more reports of good quality This one was superb.
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:43 am

Nice TR! I have always wanted to fly Virgin atlantic in the Upper class. Maybe one day i will throw away my One World lock and chains and get on the 'Ladybirds'

Quoting VScaptain (Thread starter):
VS Trip reports always seem rare, especially Upper Class ones, so I thought I would share my experience with you

Haha u know i have been thinking for the past month that what we dont see any Virgin TRs and especially one in upper class and i have always wanted to hear how they were and now thanks to your TR i am now more informed! thanks!
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:47 pm



Quoting BA777 (Reply 13):

One day I'll get there, school studies at the moment are more important atm.

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 14):
Good pictures showing the clubhouse which is fantastic! How long have you been in the Air Cadets? Are you thinking of becoming an airline pilot?

I have been in the core since I could join at 13, and now 4 years on I am F/SGT and Staff part 2.

Quoting Redreusam (Reply 15):
I take it you're in NYC for the summer?

Well, No. Im stying with friends who live in NJ. We drove down to FL where I am now, and go back to NJ in 2 weeks time. My family then fly out and stay with us in NJ for 3 more days, when the 2 families then split. Mine fly with B6 back down to FL for 2 weeks, back up to JFK and back home from there.

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 19):

It was a milage upgrade, so it was a full fare economy that was piad for not a full J class.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:54 pm

Hey great trip report

Love all those pics and as you said VS Upper Class really does look like a great way to fly, a great way to travel to one of my favourite cities in the world. Looking forward to your return trip!

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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:19 pm

Nice report - I take VS upper class round trip NYC - LHR about 6-8 times a year and they are my favorite (except that they need more than 2 kinds of beer - do you hear me SRB?).

I have been on the -600 recently, when did they rip the premium econ out of the upper deck (and do the upper class suites go all the way back on the upper deck - it seems that this might be less than ideal).
 
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:27 pm

Great TR!

Is this your first 747 ride? or have you flown on others in the past?

Great pictures but I'd love to know how you felt when you sat in the Captains seat on the 744, I bet you felt like you were on top of the world eh  Wink.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:58 pm

Great report and fantastic pictures.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:38 pm



Quoting Indio66 (Reply 23):

I have been on the -600 recently, when did they rip the premium econ out of the upper deck (and do the upper class suites go all the way back on the upper deck - it seems that this might be less than ideal).

It happened in autum last year. It is now lovely up there, but does downgrade premium for those travelers that like the bubble. PE is now downstairs between doors L/R2 and L/R3 with the new seating. Also, they have added mood lighting in the premium cabin on LHR 744's. Persoanlly I think its better, and that mood lighting should be throughout all cabins.

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Is this your first 747 ride? or have you flown on others in the past?


I have been on 10/13 of VS 744 and many others. Deffinatly my most traveled on aircraft, with the 346 in 2nd.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:05 am



Quoting Indio66 (Reply 23):
I have been on the -600 recently, when did they rip the premium econ out of the upper deck (and do the upper class suites go all the way back on the upper deck - it seems that this might be less than ideal).

On the port side of the aircraft, there is 9 suites, and starboard side 11 suites. They dont go all the way back to the galley, but I agree, if seating in the furthest back seat it would be less that ideal.
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RE: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: VS045 B744 (+Pics)

Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:10 am

Grteat report and pictures, thanks.

I've flown VS 4 times before but noy yet in UC, that comes at the end of the month to DXB, so your TR gives me a good feel for what to expect and of the clubhouse, don't think i've seen this many pictures of the inside, looks pretty interesting.

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Roof garden, currently closed due to fire started by smokers. This will re-open as soon as CCTV has been fitted to prevent this.

- How cool, love to see this, a nice touch.

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My only tiny complaint, is that is hard to look out the window, but that isn’t important unless your an a.nutter.

- Issue for me then!  Smile

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