On the bright side, passengers flying in Premium can take advantage of dedicated check-in counters. The Dreamliner taking us on the long flight to Los Angeles was lined up alongside a few of its siblings. With bold metallic reds and large plain text, the Virgin Atlantic livery is one of my favorites.
Virgin Atlantic Airways is a survivor. For most of its year history, the plucky British airline has been taking the fight to larger and more established rivals. Through it all, Virgin Atlantic has survived everything from the economic recession to an underhanded smear campaign by British Airways during the early s.
I sort of feel like the angry old man on his porch who is yelling at the kids playing outside his house. Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow. E mirates onboard bar.
Related: Virgin Atlantic. I have flown with Virgin Atlantic many times and have reviewed their long-haul Premium Economy flights. My trip reports can be found below.
I was glad that I had the opportunity to fly on VS and experience a new airline. Having read and heard about how trendsetting VS is I had high expectations and unfortunately these were not met. While the crew was delightful and truly an asset to the company, I felt a bit disappointed that VS did not have "extras" that set them apart like amenity kits for Y cabin and better catering.
Where little extras make a huge difference. It's the little touches here and there that help you truly enjoy your time in the air. Those extra few inches of space, a glass of bubbly as you board, and a tasty meal served on china crockery with proper cutlery.
The space is easy to identify with massive logos visible from the drop-off forecourt, and once in the terminal, there are numerous signs with the various check-in counters, as well as an abundance of self-service units. Service at the counter is probably the weakest element during this flight experience — it is totally efficient, but there are no niceties, and I am simply directed to look at the information screens for my gate allocation at the service closing. Boarding begins minutes before departure with priority customers called first.
The compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site and does not impact reviews that are published. My one concern was that as the fares were pricing up in British pounds this may somehow interfere with the Amex offer — but I was prepared to take the risk. To balance out comfort and cost we decided to book Premium Economy seats for the outbound journey and Virgin Upper Class seats for the overnight return but, because the Amex Offer was loaded on to two separate credit cards, I had to book the two tickets separately:.