Virgin Australia Flight VA841
dep 1207 TUE 22 JAN 13
1330 TUE 22 JAN 13
Seat 1A Business(J)
First report, so here goes.
Pick up ticket from premium check-in 30mins before scheduled departure, carry on only, another pleasant service experience from those Virgin folks.
Only one using Priority Security Screening Lane, quick and painless, security guards even nice.
Arrive Gate 7 (pleased real airbridge for this gate) for the usual pre-boarding wait, slight delay after boarding called due to unfamiliarity with Sabre system, but to be expected for change-over.
Very pleasant greeting from cabin crew, young lady even apologised for calling me by my first name - I didn't mind. Got assistance with bag, and had a Virgin mocktail in my hand soon there-after (its a nice thirst quencher).
Delayed at gate due to a couple of no-show pax who had bags in hold (grr!), requiring bags to be offloaded before push-back. That caused service to miss slot, so further delay ensued on taxi, before finally clearing runway.
Shortly after seatbelt sign extinguished, purser came round to offer Galaxy tablet to J pax. Good offering of recent release movies, I opted to watch Bernie. I used my own Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones, as impossible to hear audio on the supplied earbuds.
Cabin service began not long into flight. Menu explained and food/drink orders taken, serving 1DF then 1CA and so on (strangely same pattern on return flight, so obviously not an odd/even flight number thing).
I opted for the warm chicken dish, which was served with diced potatoes. Chicken was nice, diced potatoes less so. Warm bread roll and lemon merengue pie accompanied, both tasty. I had gin and tonic for drink - came not prepared but with gin miniature and tonic bottle and glass with ice. No water offered.
We made up lost time in air, arriving SYD
on time and thankfully at airbridge equipped gate.
Good flight, and fairly good service.
Virgin Australia Flight VA842
dep 1320 WED 23 JAN 13
1443 WED 23 JAN 13
Seat 1A Business(J)
Returning to MEL
, made use of Premium Security/Lounge Entry at SYD
ap to collect ticket and enter lounge. Definately a plus, wish MEL
ap had one. Security friendly and efficient.
Works in lounge at present, limiting toliets and lounge space. Lounge therefore pretty packed. Had an LLB at bar before taking the l-o-n-g trek to Gate 39 (at least it was a real airbridge). Usual wait for actual boarding - wish Virgin would call Business separate from Velocity boarding, always a stampede.
Warm greeting by cabin crew on boarding, followed shortly by mocktail/water offering (mocktail of course).
Delays before push-back, which purser put to good use by giving more lengthy welcome individually to each J pax, followed by taking orders for lunch, including offered choice of still or sparking water. Finally off and away, with no-one in 1D a welcome plus for this flight.
No offer of Galaxy tab this flight (disappointingly given I would have liked to see a bit more of Bernie), but my warm pasta bake came before too long. Interesting dish, salami slices in cheesy pasta bake - little Curtis Stone influence I think lol. Warm bread roll, some sort of gelatinous chocolate type dessert (average) and premixed G&T plus my ordered still water. Offered another G&T when tray cleared, which I accepted.
Arrived 8 minutes late at MEL
ap, glad to be back in Vic, and given warm farewell by cabin crew as I made another long journey to the short term car park.
[Edited 2013-01-23 20:16:58]