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Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 November 2013 by N Spearing (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

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Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Having paid a lot extra for Premium Economy we waited two hours after take off to be served. They only have two stewards for 62 premium economy passengers on this flight from Heathrow to San Francisco. After two red wines we were told that they had run out as they needed the extra drinks for the return journey. On both the outward and return my wife's pre-ordered vegetarian meal had not been loaded onto the plane. The worst aspect of Virgin is that their Customer Service department is incredibly slow and unresponsive. We have cancelled a holiday to Barbados with Virgin flying Premium Economy as their service is so bad.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 November 2013 by P Spencer (UK)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

Cabin Flown

First

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LAX-LHR in upper class. There is no upper class lounge at LAX but check in was a breeze as was boarding. Service on board was excellent, crew very attentive and professional. Managed a good 4hr sleep on the flat bed. The Virgin upper class on the A340 is looking a little tired but the seat is very comfortable and well laid out. Didn't visit the bar as it was a night flight. The amenity bag was pretty forgettable, but the food was great as was the on board entertainment selection. Flight landed 45 mins early into LHR and my luggage was waiting for me when I got through passport control which only took ten minutes. All in all a fantastic flight, very professional and efficient crew and I highly recommend this airline.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 November 2013 by P Burton (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Check in at Heathrow was good. No waiting. The Upper Class lounge at Heathrow T3 is a great place to be and I was disappointed to leave for the flight! Flight out: Seat was good. Service was good. However, the general impression on the way out was that those who were the most demanding got the most attentive service. I do not enjoy being demanding and constantly asking for this and that. When you pay 2000 for return flights you expect people to ask you if you would like something. Flight Back: The staff at the Upper Class lounge at JFK T4 were superb even at 5.45 am. There was one young guy on duty who was brilliant. Service on flight back was even better than flight out. My first trip on Virgin and I would use them again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 November 2013 by P Gould (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Couldn't check in online and was told to do it at the airport. When I got to the airport the lady had to release a seat for me which after my below experience makes me wonder if that seat was not reservable because it was known that the screen didn't work. The screen at my seat was broken and did not work. 1st DVD player I was provided with was broken and the volume didn't work. 2nd DVD player ran out of battery before I could even finish 1 movie. Asked twice for a new battery and waited 50 minutes for the battery (after 20 minutes I was told that they would come back after they had done duty free - so selling additional products to passengers obviously takes priority over the comfort of customers who are experiencing poor service). The selection of DVD's was no more than 10 movies which for a 9+ hour daytime flight is very limiting. After asking twice again for more DVD's and waiting 35 minutes, I (again) had to walk to the back of the plane and ask for them. I am not sure if it is possible to turn off the assistance button as it worked at the start of the flight (the blue light came on) but didn't work again after the 2nd press.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 November 2013 by Charles Gregory (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I have travelled Virgin many times and am travelling in two weeks to Barbados with them again. They are fantastic. I go twice a year to the Caribbean and on one occasion flew BA who were very rude, treated you like a number and seemed annoyed you were on board. Virgin are different. Your holiday really does start on the plane! The staff are superb and are very well trained, they will do anything for you. I was once given extra food, air miles and Apologies from three different staff after my TV did of work. They then moved me to an extra leg room seat so I could watch tv. The economy and premium service is very good for what you pay. Terrific entertainment, nice cabin lighting and good seats. I agree the pillows are a bit of itchy but its not a hotel. The best thing is the staff. The night flights are boring and claustrophobic in economy which is the same as every airline, I would recommend a refreshing snack half way through or a cold towel. In response to the kids meal review, its not a restaurant it would be hard to provide pizza, burgers, nuggets etc for every kid with different taste.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  15 November 2013 by Steinar Valade-Amland (Denmark)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew Virgin Atlantic Economy Class from London to Johannesburg round-trip - first time acquaintance and last. This must be the long-haul Ryanair parallel: genuinely discounted throughout. Space is scarce and seats are uncomfortable, headrests are hard as board, the pillows are made of a material which makes direct skin contact a burning hell, the food is horrendous and the overall feel is that one is a nuisance to the crew.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  14 November 2013 by J Allen (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Gatwick to Orlando and back with family including 2 young children. Ordered children's meals, no choice at all, pasta on the way out and macAroni on the way back, consequently 2 grumpy kids who did not eat. One of the kids meals was given to someone else anyway. Not acceptable for a long flight. Adult food inedible also. Drinks service (including water) was like pulling teeth. Return flight IFE not working on 2 seats, a high pitched alarm in the central area toilets was going off for over 2 hours driving all adjacent passengers to distraction. Food even worse than outbound, a cake and half a cup of cold coffee for breakfast! Staff rude and innattentive - wanted to get the lights out and shut everyone up basically. One particular member of cabin crew was so loud, confrontational and aggressive I complained to the supervisor. Had a passenger behaved in the same manner on board a flight they would expect to met by police on landing, apparently such bad behaviour is acceptable for Virgin cabin crew? Just received a reply to my written complaint - saying kids are "special" meals so no choice, kids meals are "special" on flights to Orlando? Declined to answer the alarm issue and decided to accept their own version of events surrounding the atrocious behaviour of the member of staff. Cannot be bothered to reply - will never fly Virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  13 November 2013 by P Hillyard (UK)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Very sad to see the demise of the Upper Class 747 flights to Antigua last month. Excellent outward, attentive crew excellent service and space. Return the complete opposite. Crew run ragged attending to 30+ passengers rammed into a small space and I'm afraid the shape of things to come. It really didn't feel special and certainly not worth the extra cost. My ratings are averaged over the two flights.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  11 November 2013 by M Preston (South Africa)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LHR-CPT November 2013 Economy class. As there are now only two carriers offering nonstop service on this route, and BA is not my favourite, I chose VS despite a poor experience a few years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to board a clean and fresh looking aircraft and be welcomed by friendly and helpful crew. I had paid for an extra legroom seat which gave the advantage of an empty seat next to me. The crew were pleasant and informative throughout the flight, particularly when offering food. The toilets were clean and well stocked with necessary items. I didn't eat the cooked components of the dinner or breakfast so can't comment, but it looked good and people around seem to have enjoyed it. I didn't use the IFE, I never do, but the offering looked somewhat limited. Overall, I was very satisfied with the comfort, punctuality, and overall quality and based on this experience, to fly VS again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  10 November 2013 by Ian Patton (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

London Gatwick to Orlando and back on Boeing 747-400. The on board entertainment screens were like touch screens on old phones and you had to thump it to make it do anything, cabin crew were rude, food was poor. Having finally chosen the movie, and even that was spoiled by constant messages popping up about closing the blinds.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  6 November 2013 by K Kirschbaum (Ireland)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We travelled from Dublin to Cancun on 21st September. The experience was so bad that I don't even know where to start. We travelled with infant and 4 year old. Firstly on check in they put my 4 year old child sitting on her own. Then we were left sitting on the plane for hour and half before it took off. No explanations. While we were waiting to take off no water was served. It was very hot onboard. When we finally took off the service started. We just wanted to sleep. So they gave us the menus and served the drink. I asked the girl could I get 2 drinks and she said no problem. When my partner asked for 2 drinks he was told they are only allowed to serve 1 at a time. We only asked for 2 drinks and that was it. After an argument she finally gave my partner another drink. The food was disgusting. Since I was travelling with an infant we got a so called bassinet. It was more like cardboard box with straps around it. It was very unsafe. I will never fly with them again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  6 November 2013 by James Griffin (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

This trip in 2013 (October) was the first time I have redeemed any of my flying club miles. I found the customer service staff on the phone very helpful when looking to book my flight. I originally only upgraded on the return flight due to the number of miles I had. When I enquired as to the cost of upgrading on the outward flight he did try to sell me a one way upgrade for 1400 GBP. He made no mention of purchasing additional flying club miles. The only negative I found with the customer services. On arrival at the airport I enquired again about purchasing an upgrade. This time the very helpful check in assistant did mention it. I then purchased an additional 10000 flying club miles for 165GBP and upgraded to upper class. The clubhouse was fantastic. As soon as I had finished my drink I was asked if I would like another. Staff taking my food order were very friendly, helpful and attentive. Upon boarding the cabin crew were very welcoming and provided me with a glass of champagne straight away. They were very helpful and friendly. There were numerous cabin crew members that I encountered, they even knew my name and regularly referred to me as Mr (surname). On returning to my seat I made a request to a cabin crew member and asked for a plaster, without even asking my seat number etc she provided a selection of plasters for me to keep, finding me at my seat without any issues. The food on board was better quality than I have received at many restaurants. I only have two areas for improvement and these, to some extent are out of the control of VA. 1) The age of the entertainment system. I flew on an airbus A340-600 and the entertainment system resembled something out of the 1980's. A controller on a wire with a very ancient appearance. The films and programmes however were up to date. 2) The lack of a power point for charging a device. I had read up prior to my flight and found the website to say that there were power pints for charging. This was not the case on the aircraft. Nothing the crew could have done about either of these. I have the return flight tomorrow (5/11/13). Hope it's just as good. I had pre booked by seat upstairs on the 747 in the sleep zone. Bit disappointed that the aircraft has had a last minute change to an A340-600. Hopefully it will be just as good and quiet.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 November 2013 by R Brown (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew LHR-JFK return mid October with Virgin, premium economy. I've used Virgin a bit over the last few years in Upper but this was my first experience of the premium economy cabin. As a bit of a caveat, absolutely love some of the upper class gripes, ultimately this is a unique product with the herringbone seating, for heavens sake do your research before flying guys, if you like regular business seating use someone else! Outbound on slightly tired 747 (Tinkerbell), cabin crew however very good, food good and entertainment also had a decent amount of choices even if the screens themselves were slightly behind the times. Return flight delayed almost 2 hours, after having arrived at the airport early anyway this wasn't ideal. Spoke to Virgin ground staff who immediately moved me to the earlier flight without charge - fantastic service. Return was on an a340-600 (Miss Behavin') and although I have my reservations, this felt a slightly enhanced overall product with a better partition between premium and regular economy including separate toilets. Food and entertainment much the same again which was good. Didn't fancy the cooked breakfast option before landing so they brought a yoghurt, fruit and warmed pastry item all of which were perfect. Overall for what was a 7hr outbound and 6hr return flight premium economy felt adequate. Seats wide and comfortable with a decent amount of recline. In my opinion not worth the large % increase to upper on this route unless of course using air miles to bridge the gap. Will be travelling the same route in a couple of months and will be glad to use Virgin Atlantic again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 November 2013 by T Nevill (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew premium economy from LHR to JFK. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Very amenable and attentive cabin crew, good food and a comfortable seat. I would highly recommend.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 November 2013 by Anne Eddy (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I travelled Premium Economy to Tokyo from Heathrow and back. I have used Virgin before and been fairly happy so made a deliberate choice to do so again. I thought Premium Economy would be a better experience but how wrong I was. The seat was quite comfortable but the man in front chose to recline his seat throughout the flight. This gave me very little space and meant that the magazine holder was bumping into my legs. Also the holder was too narrow to hold much. The food was really awful. On the outward flight the starter was smoked mackerel. I took a bite and had a mouthful of bones. The chicken dish was ok but very small. Dessert chocolate gateau was nice . Entertainment was a waste of time: The only thing that worked properly was the route we were taking so I looked at that for 11 hours. Sky News would have been good but that didn't work either. I remembered Virgin cabin crew being really friendly and helpful but both outward and inward flights they were offhand and disinterested and made me feel passengers were bit of a nuisance to be dealt with as quickly as possible. This was the worst part of the flight for me. Just one more little thing: The courtesy bag of goodies I remember as being useful but it was in a peculiar grey cloth bag and contained a pen, toothbrush and a small white stick labelled "toothpaste". I hoped for a better experience with the inward flight but it was much the same and left me feeling angry that I had chosen Virgin for the trip. The extra I paid from Economy class is not worth the money. I would not fly with Virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  29 October 2013 by A Hennessy (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I booked my flight to Singapore with Virgin in March, as they were a code share partner with Singapore Airlines. Never again! Their customer service was bordering on rude and were very unhelpful, and failed to let me know of a schedule change they had been aware of since July, until 8 days before my trip. This caused hasty re arranged travel plans and extra expense. I couldn't check in online because it was code share, and was given probably the worst seats on the plane despite arriving at check in before it opened on both flights. Despite assurances from customer services at the time of booking, I was refused entry to their Club House at Heathrow. I was so disappointed, stressed and upset at the service I received from Virgin. I would not recommend them or use again on code share.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  29 October 2013 by A Pitchford (USA)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I flew JFK to London in Upper Class, on a business trip. Firstly, I must say that every staff member I encountered was absolutely fantastic. I've never met a nicer group, so I must say, "Well done, Virgin." My disappointment came when I got onboard, and saw the upper class seating. They were so tight, and cramped. Once you get into your seat, there is very little room on either side of the seat. There is no privacy either, with a clear partition separating the seats. In my opinion, it was an economy-sized seat. I could not really get comfortable. I have flown business class on other airlines, and the seating was roomy, comfortable, much like a Lazy-Boy. The Upper Class seats on Virgin are not worth the ridiculously-high price. Not in the least.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  29 October 2013 by Andrea Tunney (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew Manchester to Las Vegas in August this year. Could not fault the flight out. Very rapid check in. Plane clean, service impeccable, IFE very good, lots of choice and all working. Flight home was not as good but that's because the cabin crew around our section were only interested in entertaining off duty cabin crew sat in front of us. Was a night flight and had to tell them on more than one occasion to keep the noise down as passengers were trying to sleep. Also the cabin guy on this flight sat himself in the aisle to chat to his friend which was very unprofessional and annoying. Apart from that was an emptyish flight so plenty of room to spread out and took under 9 hours to get back to Manchester after being stuck on the runway in Vegas because of a storm, which was a bonus. Would definitely fly with Virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  26 October 2013 by Trevor Wilson (USA)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew VS 20 from San Francisco to London on Friday October 4, 2013, ,the flight crew were superb, one of the best flights to London I have had and I have done a lot! Lounge in San Francisco was exceptional, great service and really good food which is more than can be said for the food on the flight, it was the only down side. The pea and risotto starter was dry and starchy and the chicken was still pink inside, unable to eat it. The cheese course though was excellent. Will fly Virgin Atlantic again when I go back to England next June, wish I had tried you earlier, it really was a great flight. Keep up the great work.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  24 October 2013 by D Hodson (UK)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LHR-ORD return. Outbound flight on A330-300. Excellent IFE with many options. Food average and drinks service adequate. Inbound on A340-300. IFE poor with no AVOD, although a night flight so not too noticeable. Seats reasonably comfortable but plane showing its age. Staff on both sectors perfunctory at best. Overall a reasonable experience which doesn't quite match the professionalism/sophistication of similar flights on BA/Air France.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  23 October 2013 by M Merlo (USA)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

On Sep 18 and Oct 7 2013 I flew with Virgin Atlantic (flights VS23 and VS24, to and from London Heathrow from Los Angeles, both Airbus A340-600). I was looking forward to flying with them, because I previously flew with Virgin America and loved the experience. Well, it wasn't quite like that. Although the onboard staff was great, the food very decent and flights smooth, my seat was not comfortable at all. Not only I didn't have enough legroom (when compared with the much shorter BA flights I took internally in Europe), but on top of that the magazine compartment in front of me (made of a rigid metal frame covered in fabric) had a really bad design, which made it hang loose in front of my knees, so I spent my flight fighting with it trying to stretch my legs somehow. Additionally, the in-flight entertainment had a nice variety of shows and movies, which unfortunately couldn't really be enjoyed because the image and sound kept freezing every few seconds (I noticed this was pretty much everyone's problem), even after it had been reset by an attendant. Not a great experience overall.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  21 October 2013 by Leigh Hardwick (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Premium Economy, London to New York, 1st June 2013. This is a clever concept by Virgin, it is marketed as business, its not but the next step up is hugely more expensive. So, you are getting a little more than economy but paying nearly business class fares. If you were unlucky, as I was and get seats near the barrier they do not give you the legroom as the other premium economy seats do so you lose out just that little bit more. The food and seat comfort were ok but nothing special the entertainment was adequate. What really prompts me to write this review is the service. A passenger who, having made a perfectly polite request for a diet coke who has to make it again after ten minutes because it still has not arrived should get attitude form the cabin staff. I don't expect sulking and glaring and flouncing off from professional air crew! Worse, on the return flight five days later, one of the male members of aircrew who clearly loved his own voice far too much was never off the public address system. It seemed to be used as a platform for his self promotion and to show off to passengers who just want to be left alone. If the Captain could hear what was going on I was disappointed he or she did not put a stop to it. Its not entertaining and most of all annoying when one is trying to watch a film. I won't fly with Virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  21 October 2013 by A Lamb (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We travelled last week to Las Vegas. We were an hour stuck on the plane whilst they sorted an issue with the cargo hold! This made our plane arrive into LV over an hour late. The outward trip was the most horrible experience, small cramped seats, rubbish not taken away enough times so you had to sit with tray open until they decided to remove it. The inflight entertainment was great if you were make and wanted to watch action and gory films! As I am not a male, the only other choice was a chick flick, and some awful comedy. On the return we boarded the plane 30 mins late and were told this was due to the crew arriving late! Mind you they had a 2 day stay to get over the flight there! We were again in cramped small seats, the service a bit better, but no change in movies! We would never fly by Virgin again and would not recommend them to anyone. Last time we went by BA and they were far superior.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 October 2013 by M Austin (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew out on Airbus A340-600 from LHR to JFK and although the seats were a bit tight in economy and the plane felt full up and slightly claustrophobic. It was a good flight - all the crew were efficient and everything went smoothly from beginning to end - really pleased by the experience. Coming back from JFK to LHR it was a night flight - plane had quite a few empty seats so it didn't feel so full which was nice and again all went very smoothly and crew were friendly and efficient.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  17 October 2013 by Karen Gonzalez (USA)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I recently flew from LAX (Los Angeles) to LHR (London). The crew going were very upbeat and nice. The food was disgusting to say the least. Coming home checking in was not available online. My first thought should have been this won't be good because the girl at the check in desk was very unfriendly. The crew on the flight had no personality to speak of. The food was so gross they actually served a diet ice cream bar. We were in our seats like sardines. There was no leg room to speak of. I would never fly this airline again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 October 2013 by T Smith (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Online check in not available. Check in with Delta who were running my Virgin flight at Seattle/Tacoma in good time, not given boarding pass for JFK to LHR leg of my journey, told I will be able to collect my boarding pass at JFK gate. Assured that my bag is checked all the way through to LHR. Arrive at gate in JFK, told there was no seat for me, told that I have a choice of flying the next day or downgrading to economy. I choose an economy seat. They did take the trouble to find me a front of cabin window seat with extra leg room –- not bad at all. Treatment by the staff was frankly comical and amateur. When the dated video-tape based entertainment system jammed on some channels after being paused by an announcement. I was told to press play (there is no play button). Eventually the system was re-started, but some of the channels had continued and some stuck in pause. The young lady next to me was to told 'Yes there is a choice, you either have it or you don't have it', in a very sarcastic tone when she enquired about breakfast options. The breakfast, by the way, contained only a small muffin and a biscuit. After 24 hours, I get a call from the bag handling department. They have still not found my bag, which did not get onto the JFK to LHR segment.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 October 2013 by Jenkinson Ross (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Was on flight VS93 to Cancun on 1st June 2013 which got re-routed to Cozumel because of bad weather. The entire passengers had a very bad experience trying to disembark for the night at Cozumel and the local authorities kept us in a small area (400+ passengers) until 2am. Because of this Virgin wrote to us and advised they would compensate us with free flight tickets. You try getting them to issue you the tickets, its a nightmare. You get directed between departments and I wonder if there are any other passenger on that flight which are having the same problem.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  14 October 2013 by S Dixon (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We flew VS094 back from Cancun to Gatwick. The flight left at 7.30pm to arrive at Gatwick at 10.00am the next day including a 6 hour time difference. The moment we boarded the crew could not get us to go to sleep fast enough. Dinner, if you can call that awful mess dinner, was served immediately followed by the pre-dinner drink, (singular as no more was offered). No coffee was offered as that might keep up awake. No sooner had the plates been removed than all the lights were turned out and the crew disappeared not to be seen again until about 2 hours before we landed. I don't know what you would call what we were then served - certainly not breakfast anyway- but it was inedible. Lovely aeroplane, newly refurbished and entertainment very good - but customer service was truly awful. Never again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  14 October 2013 by J Scandrett (New Zealand)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

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Staff Service

Catering

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Recommended

A friend and I flew LAX to Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic and upgraded to exit row seats to have extra leg room. This was our 2nd of 4 long haul flights, the experience was hideous! The staff ignored us, took our carry on luggage and stowed it at the back of the plane, it may as well been checked luggage for its accessibility. The food was pathetic and not at all appealing or satisfying! The seats were narrow and uncomfortable. I will be recommending to friends and family that they don't entertain flying with Virgin Atlantic at any price as it was such a terrible experience.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  14 October 2013 by J Jennings (Australia)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

My last trip with Virgin was 7 years ago and I was not impressed but thought I would give them another try thinking they must have improved - big mistake! This is the most uncomfortable trip I have had from Australia to Heathrow, UK. As a celiac I ordered a specific diet which was entirely inedible. The entertainment crashed 4 hours into the 13 hour leg and staff were completely unconcerned. They just stood around chatting. Due to no entertainment we were given a 20 voucher towards another trip only valid for UK bookings. Wish I'd read these reviews before booking. The worse part for me is that I have to return with them and am dreading it! I usually travel with either Cathay, Malaysia, Singapore or JAL and even the one China Airlines flight I took knocked huge spots off Virgin.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  11 October 2013 by Gary Jackson (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

My experience - and certainly of some of the reviews I've read here - is that Virgin customer service is inconsistent. I've flown LHR to SFO and back 3 times now with Virgin. This time round, on VS019 outward on Sept 22 the flight itself was fine but our stewardess came across like she hated her job. Curt, abrupt and a "square peg in a round hole" I thought. I don't remember being offered a selection menu before but it all became pointless when only the vegetarian option was left. When I politely declined she said loudly "its pasta!" To avoid any issue I took it, and upon opening it, I found that whilst it may have been pasta when placed in the oven two weeks ago, the gloopy mess in front of me certainly didn't qualify for that description. The rest of the food was fine though. The return flight VS020 yesterday (Oct 9th) or 8th if you're counting departure time - was probably the best flight I've had on Virgin. The staff were all bright cheerful and made you feel that they really wanted you on board. The only stressful part was checking in at SFO where a problem with a passenger's documents held everyone up, but the lady who dealt with us was so pleasant you could feel the tension easing. Another plus was arriving an hour earlier than scheduled. One thing I don't understand. Coming back, we had the seats in front of the two we had going out, so they were to all intents and purposes identical. So why when we arrived at SFO did I almost need a wheelchair my legs hurt, but coming home I felt great? Very odd.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  8 October 2013 by Tracey Steen (Australia)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

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Recommended

The worst economy seats I have ever travelled on! My husband and I are not enormous people and we literally could have used a lubricant to 'squeeze' into our seats! We made sure we had the bulkhead seats for extra leg room, as hubby is 6 foot 3 inches tall, but unfortunately this meant the seats were minuscule. Most uncomfortable 31 hours ever spent on an airline. Staff were inattentive and we watched a single mum struggle to get her meal eaten with no help from the cabin staff at all. Other passengers had to assist her! The cleanliness of the cabin left a lot to be desired. On our return journey, we upgraded to premium economy but were place right beside the toilets! The cabin staff allowed economy passengers as well as premium economy passengers to use them, so there was a constant stream of noise all night long! All together a very disappointing trip with Virgin Atlantic! I would not recommend them to anyone! Will definitely go business class or not at all in future.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  8 October 2013 by D Moir (UK)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

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Recommended

I am a Frequent Flyer with Virgin Atlantic Airways and always fly with them when possible. Flights always tend to be on time as scheduled. Blankets and pillows are always provided on long haul flights. Entertainment packs are also provided for kids on long haul flights. Usually I travel Premium economy when possible and the experience is great. A glass of champagne before departure, a warm towel is provided to clean your face before take off, food is of a high standard. Gigantic seats with more than enough leg room, also a foot rest. Plenty of entertainment is provided on long haul flights with various channels and games to play. the staff are also very friendly and helpful. Virgin Atlantic in my opinion is far superior to British Airways.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  4 October 2013 by G Spearman (UK)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

I was somewhat apprehensive about our flight to YVR on an Airbus 340-300. OK so we only fly for vacations and so perhaps our expectations are not as high as business travellers. First impressions were favourable with boarding commencing quite early and in a most orderly fashion. We had managed to book seats 44A &C. I was immediately impressed with the amount of leg room I had and I am 6 foot! So the entertainment system wasn't on-demand but there was sufficient content to keep one occupied for the almost 10 hour flight. Food was perfectly adequate and we were fed a mid flight snack as well as lunch and tea. Couldn't really complain. Crew - very personable, helpful and cheerful. I had no complaints. Our return flight was in Premium Economy and I did manage to sleep for much of the overnight flight. All my previous comments apply and the overall experience was far better than had been anticipated reading the reviews on this site.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  3 October 2013 by Y Weston (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

Flew MAN to LAS on 12th Sep on flight VS85. I thought the seats were surprisingly comfortable after reading all the bad reviews. We were at the back of the plane and they ran out of meal options, only curry left, which my husband doesn't like. On the way back, before the meal was served, I asked if they could reserve him a beef meal and sure enough one turned up for him before everybody else got served. But the portions were small. The entertainment system was quite good. Overall, a good experience, would fly with Virgin Atlantic again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  2 October 2013 by Jonathan Bailey (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

Flew LGW-MCO-LGW April 2013 and overall a very good experience. Booked seat online 90 days before, however at twilight check-in at LGW told seats couldn't honoured (party of 10) but check-in staff did manage to get us all together (although it was the last row of aircraft). Twilight check in is a real bonus, as the following morning meant we just had to clear passport control/security. The outbound flight was good, and although at the back of the aircraft except for a bit of a whiff from the toilets, there was more that enough room and were able to get up and chat to others in party without disturbing anyone. The upgraded 747's at LGW are superb, and the seatback entertainment is amazing, it kept 4 kids quiet the whole way there :) The meals aren't great, but it breaks up the flight. On the return 4 of the party upgraded to Premium Economy which they were really impressed with, some nice touches as well such as co italics and toiletry set. The other 6 were in economy upstairs, which if you can get this cabin in great. Same seats as downstairs, but a quieter cosy cabin. All in all couldn't fault Virgin from LGW especially with the upgraded aircraft.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  2 October 2013 by A Wild (UK)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

VS085 on 15 Sep 2013 out of Manchester UK. Traveled with most airlines to USA but this first time with Virgin from Manchester to Las Vegas was by far the best experience yet. Flight attendants were pleasant and attentive, The food was surprisingly good and plenty of it. Seating was typical of all economy cabins. Will definitely use again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  2 October 2013 by C Lambert (Canada)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

YVR-LHR, Sept 11/13, VS95. I decided to fly Virgin to experience what they advertise. Was extremely disappointed with this flight. Right from check in where an elderly Customer Service persons who presented with poor attitude when I checked into Economy, not once but twice. The flight right from take off on "Molly" which was obviously an old aircraft not kept up to the standard Virgin advertises. The crew had no time for the Economy cabin, the evening meal was rushed through with no refreshment (drink) offered before dinner. Absolutely no snacks offered after dinner (for a good six hours) till they served breakfast which was awful a small dry bagel and cream cheese and orange juice. None of the flight crew came around to offer any water and juice (like they normally do) Over all this was a very bad flight and experience on Virgin which I doubt will use again. The return journey on Sept 28, LHR-YVR was much better with a very pleasant and hard working flight crew, that treated all cabins with respect and good service. The comparison between the 2 flights was like day and night.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  26 September 2013 by Charles Ford (USA)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

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Business

Value for Money

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Recommended

I am a well-experienced traveler, 100% of the time on Delta. I always fly Business Elite, both domestic and international. The Virgin Upper Class experience was inferior to Delta in the following ways: the aircraft itself (A340-600), the seats, the service, the meals (both delivery and the meal itself), the entertainment and the overall product. The exception was the staff, all of whom were exemplary. I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who would like more information. Delta's Business Elite is superior to Virgin's Upper Class on all counts.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  26 September 2013 by A Tyler (UK)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

My partner and I were due to get married in Vancouver in September 2013 and we thought we would go the extra mile and fly Virgin. A month later I get an email from Virgin saying the flights had been cancelled and they could now not fly us out until the 3rd September. I phoned their customer services department and was told there was nothing they could do. After 30 minutes they eventually agreed to upgrade us to premium economy for the flights on 3rd which I accepted. On 3rd Sep, we arrived at the airport and on check-in I mentioned the upgrade. Told only one of us could have the upgrade. There was no way my partner and I wanted to be separated for a 10 hour flight. He said there was nothing he could do, there was only room for 1 of us so we were stuck in economy. The flight crew supervisor came over and explained she knew what had happened and was very apologetic. She said there was not room for both of us in premium economy but that her and the cabin crew would give us the premium service where we were sat to try and make the flight better. I have to say the staff were brilliant. They could not do enough. They brought my partner and I champagne before we even took off. They then continued to top our glasses up with champagne for the entire flight. We were given our first choice of meals and our meals first and when we landed, the flight crew have us another bottle of champagne to take with us. Fantastic service and flight from that crew. I then telephoned customer services to complain and I was told they will now give us the upgrade on the way home which when we got to the airport, they again said there was no room for us in premium economy and we weren't upgraded as agreed. We will not be flying virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  25 September 2013 by Stephen Middleton (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Recommended

Manchester to Las Vegas Stag party nightmare, 9 hours of hell. Party drunk when boarded, given more alcohol by attendants, allowed to drink their Duty Free Vodka and the they were sold 20 bottles of mini champagne. Swearing, inappropriate language used, the attendants made it a no go zone and other passengers in the this area were left to attend to themselves. Apparently this has been a regular occurrence on Las Vegas flights. Never again with Virgin.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  20 September 2013 by R Sprow (USA)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

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Recommended

August 15-22 2013, EWR-LHR-DXB and return. First time on Virgin, and a disappointment except for the stylish attitude. Economy all the way, but tried an upgrade to Premium Economy on one return leg which they offered at a low price. Very mediocre entertainment system with limited selections, movies on loops instead of on demand, and surprisingly not many music choices- all with lots of rebooting and starting over. Way below Emirates and even other carriers. Food was small portions and poor, which supported my policy to eat as little on planes as possible. Breakfast was like US Air, very minimal. Tight seating in general, last leg was far in the rear of Airbus with seat so narrow I was in hip pain for a week after. Premium Economy was very good, in terms of seats, same and entertainment. Upper class just one row ahead did not look inviting, I see the point of the many comments. Travel agent chose this carrier for best price, but everyone else is better.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 September 2013 by J Flynn (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

LGW-LAS return last week, the quality of the staff and the food in the economy cabin left a lot to be desired, the staff looked tired and on occasions seemed sullen, the food was some of the worse I have had on an international flight, I felt as if the staff gave the impression that the passengers were a bit of a bind only to be tolerated, certainly not service with a smile. real or otherwise. I would suggest that the owner of this airline travels in economy to experience the conditions for himself.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 September 2013 by Paul Harvey (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

LHR to LAX return: We flew economy and having flown with them to India earlier this year, we decided not to expect much. The flight outwards (June) was a little delayed because the Captain was stuck on the M25 in a traffic jam but we arrived in LAX only a few minutes late. The flight back (September) left on time and arrived early. Both planes were reasonably new and the entertainment systems worked once they had been rebooted. Check-in staff were helpful and took our "just over the weight limit bags" without comment. Food on both legs was very poor and having suffered their dreadful versions of vegetarian food when we went to India, I had taken the precaution of buying my own main course at M&S (LHR) or at a deli (LAX) - this proved to be a wise choice and I was the envy of my row. On the return flight, pre-meal drinks arrived after we had eaten which seemed a bit strange. Breakfast offerings in economy were a complete joke and not worth accepting. The cabin crew worked reasonably hard but I did get a little tired of cabin announcements. They did give everyone the impression that the trip was a holiday for them and they were going to have a good time when they got to LAX (or LHR) and were very self congratulatory over the PA system on "how hard they had worked to please us". Maybe they think that if they say it often enough, we will believe them. We had a choice of airlines when booking our flights and chose the cheapest but on reflection, we will fly with BA next time because despite the complaints they get, we think they are better than Virgin. Our first choice would be Air New Zealand but they are much more expensive.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  17 September 2013 by A Franke (UK)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Recommended

VS20 flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco and back. We never got a chance to choose our seats (not during booking or before check in or at check in). Seats and leg room is tight. Found it even tighter (claustrophobic even upstairs). Food (especially breakfast) is a joke. Staff are not trying to help at all. Poor service. All the money must go into these fancy commercials. Worst part: Virgin lost one of our suitcases and it took them 9 days to send it. Worst customer service. Will not fly again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  17 September 2013 by J Lang (UK)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Recommended

We travel LGW to BGI every year, and we always find the experience in Premium Economy really good. Never had a bad flight. This year was just the same - check-in easy, security easy, boarding really easy and the same the other end. The pre-flight drink was much larger than a 'thimble-full'!!!! The crew were helpful and polite, they ran out of newspapers but went out of their way to get us one. Perhaps couples should share one, not have one each? The food was OK, but then I have never been a fan of airline food, but my partner enjoyed it. The afternoon tea is great and just what you want before getting ready to land. All in all another wonderful Virgin experience, I don't know what some people want!



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  17 September 2013 by B Wilson (USA)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Catering

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Recommended

Came from London to New York last night, Sep 15, 2003. My husband and I always travel very light - only hand luggage. We couldn't print our boarding passes ahead of time because we were not at home, so they sent as through check in. The only woman at the counter wanted to weigh hand luggage and as they were 1 kg over 10 kg limit, she wanted us to pay or throw away some of our belongings. We came with this luggage without problems. We will never travel Virgin Airlines again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 September 2013 by Caroline Richardson (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We came to Vegas last Sunday and are dreading the flight home. Staff were rude to passengers, very cramped and I got the only man rude enough not to put his chair upright when we ate! Other people on the flight mentioned it to and also said they would not fly Virgin again either. Don't know if we could upgrade for return journey but would love too. The food was awful.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 September 2013 by Julie Tunks (UK)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

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Business

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew Virgin Upper Class from London Heathrow to Vancouver and return. The lounge at Heathrow was excellent, although several people were complaining about tables not being cleared, and staff chatting at the end of the bar instead of giving good service. The food on the outward flight was awful. Our first choice was fillet steak, but after waiting about 30 mins we were told there wasn't enough beef, and we would have to choose again. The choice therefore was Thai green veg curry, or chicken. Both were awful. We were then told that the wine we chose wasn't available and we'd have to choose again. Not good enough when you paid thousands of pounds for upper class service. We complained to the head cabin crew, who encouraged us to fill in a complaints form, which we duly did. On the return journey things went from bad to worse. The lounge at Vancouver airport was a room about 12m square, with no windows, and in the middle of the departure gates area. The food and drink available was almost inedible! Coffee from a flask, no milk for tea, one choice in wine, fizzy drinks from cans, uncomfortable seating area. The flight was good, and the food marginally better than the outward flight. On both flights the aircraft was old, with out of date entertainment. All in all, apart from being able to lie down and get some sleep, for me, there would be no advantage in flying Virgin Upper Class again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  13 September 2013 by R Bateman (UK)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Heathrow to JFK, VS045, 4 Sep 2013. VS004 inbound, 8 September 2013. Very poor inflight service. Cabin crew did not answer any call lights at all, they were completely ignored. Food was average to poor. Two drinks supplied throughout the whole seven and a half hour flight. Leg room is quite tight, I couldn't get any proper rest throughout the flight.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  11 September 2013 by Natalie Bye (UK)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flight out we all sat in the upstairs economy, which is much better than downstairs. You feel less squashed in and you have extra room next to the window seat. Flight was to Las Vegas and they ran out of beer. I only wanted one towards the end of the flight but guess you had to get there quicker. Food was very average. Probably the poorest I've had on a long haul flight. Small portions and no little extra bits. Flight back we sat downstairs and was awful. My seat was broken and slipped of the edge every time I moved. We had no window. Again food was poor. No hot breakfast, just a really hard cereal bar and a flat blueberry bun. Only alcohol available on this flight was spirits and red wine, as they ran out of everything on the was to Las Vegas.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  11 September 2013 by J Flanders (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

JNB-LHR. Literally the worst long haul airline I have ever flown with! The Inflight Entertainment was broken the whole 11 hours but its really bad anyway. The food was fine but the crew were rude and acted like they hated their jobs. The only nice thing was the aircraft A340-600 nice planes but if only the seats were comfortable. If you are flying to or from London I would choose British Airways by miles over Virgin it was a complete disappointment! I have flown with many airlines from Cathay Pacific to Qantas, Emirates etc, and this has been the most unpleasant.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  9 September 2013 by L Jepson (UK)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Catering

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Recommended

LHR to JFK - Slick service - crew friendly and professional. Good choice of entertainment. Clean, newer plane. Food and drinks OK: drinks, lunch, soft drinks, ice cream and afternoon tea. In contrast on return - older plane and crew seemed 'stretched'. Difficult to hear any announcements due to the accent of the senior crew member, glad there wasn't an emergency! A night flight but felt everything was rushed and certainly not in the same league as the outward flight.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  9 September 2013 by David Lee (USA)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

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Recommended

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Is Not Worth The Money - I recently took my wife to London (from NYC), for her birthday, and decided to splurge on Upper Class. Luckily we only purchased Upper Class going and Premium Economy coming back. We found Premium Economy to be quite comfortable and worth the extra expense but not so for the upper class. The upper class seats convert to beds which use the back of the seat as their basis - very hard and uncomfortable! You cannot make the conversion yourself so it is very bothersome to convert back when you find you cannot sleep. If you are paying for this yourself it is not worth the money. The premium economy seats were very comfortable and a decent value for the money.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  6 September 2013 by Mark Harlow (Australia)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

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Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Recommended

VS 201, from Sydney to London via Hong Kong 1/9/13. Very cautious about flying with Virgin after reading all the negative reviews. Online check in and boarding a breeze. Seat comfortable and spacious even with seat in front reclined. Service from cabin crew efficient if a bit robotic, not much in the way of chatting or small talk. Thimble of sparkling wine served at boarding, not refilled. Pre dinner drink served then the meal itself. Meal tasty but very small serving. Ordered chicken and requested white wine which was served warm. Given ice to cool it down. Thimble of brandy served after the meal. Water and juice served regularly during the flight as well as an ice cream. On the whole an ok experience, the space and comfort is what I paid for. It does not compare with Qantas, which I flew in December. What could be a great service is let down by penny pinching. If you can get a Qantas ticket for the same price or a little more than VA I would suggest you take it.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  4 September 2013 by Stewart Vare (Honduras)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

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Premium Economy

Value for Money

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Catering

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Recommended

LHR-MIA, July 18, A330-300. Made seat selection for my wife and I when purchased the tickets in economy, I go to on-line check-in the night before to find the seat selection changed and we are 20 rows apart. So telephone Virgin, nothing can be done less that 24 hours as passenger lists are at the airport, they suggest, try changing when checking in. However then they suggest if I upgrade there is space in Premium Economy, they connect me to a salesperson who explains that Premium Economy is like Business with other airlines. Virgin, call it 'Business' then, instead of this upgraded economy and save us all time. I am convinced Virgin changed my seats on purpose so as to push us to the upgrade. The upgrade was ridiculously expensive and not worth it. Food and beverage very mediocre, entertainment hand-set didn't work, (the passengers behind had to change seat as theirs didn't work at all). Sorry Virgin, first time traveller and you've lost me.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  3 September 2013 by A Magowan (UK)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LHR - Miami. On an older 747-400 aircraft, the interior was a little shabby and dated but generally clean. IFE worked no problem but the entire row in front of me all had to be moved as their screens did not work. Plenty of meals and refreshments offered, quality of the food was generally good but the options were limited. In general a fairly pleasant flight however the only down side was the surly attitude of the flight attendants.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  3 September 2013 by David Bashford (UK)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

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Recommended

Just back off Virgin Atlantic flight from Shanghai to London. Agree with the other reviewer - entertainment system was out of the dark ages games that look like they were from when I was young and movies on loops. Others do it so much better. The Air New Zealand flight was superior as is Emirates when I travel to Dubai.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  3 September 2013 by J House (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LHR-BOS-LHR, VS011/12, Premium Economy. Both flights on new A330-300s, both clean and well-equipped. PE seats are good but I swear the pitch is shorter than PE on the VS 747s, though the official stats suggest not. AVOD was good, unusually they didn't switch off for landing which was a bonus. Staff were polite and friendly on both flights. On the return flight breakfast was served 1h40 mins before landing - outrageously and unnecessarily early for a relatively short night-time flight - in PE you would expect to be left to get more sleep! Otherwise, high standard, better than BA's World Traveller Plus even in the new cabins.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  3 September 2013 by Casper Yap (USA)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

JFK-LHR, Upper Class. Cannot complain about the trip. Spent time at the lounges beforehand, including having the meal and showers. Crew polite and helpful, especially for 5 yo kid. Meal portions in plane small, but not an issue for me. AVOD okay. Being able to lie flat for the transatlantic flight even for 3-4 hours appreciated. Refreshers lounge in T3 on arrival, is a good idea to wash up before hitting the city.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  2 September 2013 by Campbell Fraser (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

VS 096, YVR-LHR, 28/9/2013, Seat 3G. Upper Class on board A330 - what's the point? Were their seat pods designed by a human being. There's just not enough room to move in any direction. You don't sit "in" these pods, you sit "on" them. Even sitting typing, my elbows are knocking on hard surfaces. The cabin crew have to walk with a pronounced wiggle, sashaying and swaying, to avoid hitting people. Plus, apart from a pop down shelf, there's nowhere to put anything, and you're hemmed in by a glass screen to your right. The entertainment system wasn't working on this flight. The Steward didn't know how to operate it, and suggested we "try to find" another set of headphones. We're approaching LHR at the moment, and I'm still waiting. When my main course arrived it was cold. I mentioned these two issues to the CSD/Senior CC member, who offered me some points by way of compensation. You're either a fan of the herringbone configuration or you're not, but at least on the A340 it's 1-1-1, whereas on the A330 it's 1-2-1. Sleeping in these pods is so uncomfortable that I'd rather have had an old fashioned, semi fold- back seat, down the back, than having endured one of these pods. If you do manage to nod off, just wait because sooner or later you'll be knocked into, nudged by someone trying the aisle-wiggle as they go by. The lounge at YVR is the anyone-can-pay generic North American lounge. No champagne, hot food options are off a children's menu (baby pizza, baby hot dogs, mini meatballs), the seating is tiny and (again) squeezed in, and the fake marble- topped coffee tables were falling to bits. The furnishings were tatty, scuffed and bashed about. The seating areas outside the lounge was far superior. Overall: a terrible product, badly maintained and cynically delivered.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  29 August 2013 by Nick Power (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

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Catering

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Recommended

Flew to Dubai from Heathrow, not flown Virgin for over 3 years and was painfully reminded why I no longer fly Virgin. Old tatty plane, poor food and an entertainment system from the dark ages that didn't work for many. The marketing is great for them but the delivery of the service is dreadful, couldn't understand why the staff were just so rude and plain unhelpful, sadly a week later returned and the same plane and same issues. Virgin used to be so good.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  29 August 2013 by F Scouseacus (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

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Economy

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Catering

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Recommended

MCO-MAN. Virgin Atlantic is usually OK if I discount a terrible Manchester to Orlando last year. Flight back from Orlando this year was exceptional. Plane was clean. Entertainment was first rate and comprehensive. Staff were excellent, particularly when dealing with a passenger who decided that he would sit in a row (extra leg room) which he had not paid for. I know the argument about paying extra but they are the rules corporate make and crew have to abide by them as well as passengers. Isn't it funny how indignant people get when being told - gently and respectfully in this case - they are in the wrong seat.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  28 August 2013 by Vernon Hills (UK)

Rating : 0/10

Score 0 out of 10

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First

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Entertainment

Recommended

Travelled on the new 330/300, ORD-LHR with the new layout in Upper Class and found it one of the most uncomfortable Business class seats I have used in recent years. I travel over 500000 miles a year therefore feel well able to compare. Virgin have managed to squeeze an extra 7 seats into the first 7 rows. It is impossible to negotiate between the seats without knocking into other passengers feet. The suites are so small it is almost impossible to sleep comfortably. When other carriers are improving their business class product across the Atlantic. Virgin are going backwards. I have used Virgin Atlantic for many years but will have to seriously look at other options.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 August 2013 by E Amiri (Australia)

Rating : 4/10

Score 4 out of 10

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Business

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Recommended

Upper Class, Sydney-Hong Kong in August. The upper class service of this airline is equivalent to Premium economy service of many of the other airlines. The seats are tiny, minimal storage, low quality screens, bad positioning of seats which means you have your back to the windows the whole time! Food is average for Business/First class service. Ground crew in Hong Kong were plain rude. Air crew were not rude but were very forgetful, didn't really seem caring and seemed to be rushing all the time even though there were many of them around. Don't use this airline unless you have to or would like to save some cost while having a "better than economy" seat. They are cheaper than others for a reason.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 August 2013 by Justin Petersen (UK)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

EDI-LHR. From start to finish the entire Virgin "Little Red" experience was very good. I checked in online but baggage drop service was professional, boarding was wonderfully organised, on busier flights, they stagger people onto the aircraft so the cabin doesn't get too busy. Everyone was friendly and flight was punctual. With Virgin it's always the small things and this airlines continues to do that.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  19 August 2013 by A Domican (Ireland)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

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Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew business class to Dubai. Clubhouse fantastic, flight very good, staff very attentive, a bit mean with drink offerings but I put it down to being an overnight flight. Amenity kit is rubbish compared to Ethiad or Qatar, bed very comfortable and I slept for 3 hrs. Looking forward to return flight to compare it with outbound. Would recommend. Inflight entertainment terrible, as it was an old plane they give out iPads with films on them.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 August 2013 by D Berryhill (Australia)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Sydney - Hong Kong return in economy. Boarding was fairly smooth and quick for both flights. Both flights on time. On board service was good as per my wife's request when she asked for a drink or coffee. The inflight entertainment was ok, mine froze up had to be reset once, and it seemed to be slow to upload movies. The two things that let down this experience the most was the seat pitch and the food. The meals were average in taste and appearance (I do understand this is economy). By far the worst was the seat space. I am 6'1" and on both flights my knees where touching the seat in front. The equipment box under my seat took away further space. My wife who is 5'7" mentioned to me that she felt cramped in her seat. Because of the tight fit comfortable rest was impossible. Would be nice if the review section would allow one to choose two and a half stars, instead of two or a three.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 August 2013 by C Thompson (Ireland)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew from Shanghai to London Heathrow on a connecting flight from New Zealand. There were delays at the airport and while on the tarmac waiting to take off - ground staff and cabin crew were extremely good dealing with the delays and offered passengers a great drinks service etc. When boarding the aircraft, the air stewardess noticed that it was an Air New Zealand printed boarding pass, as I had just connected from another flight and asked me how my previous flight was - small, thoughtful things like this were very much appreciated on such a long journey! All staff were extremely attentive, courteous and friendly throughout. The food and drinks service was far above what I had been expecting and there was a great selection, with a drinks service regularly. Seat was comfortable and inflight entertainment was great. A flight pack with little items such as a tooth brush, socks etc was included too. Due to a delay out of Shanghai I knew I was going to miss my next connection from London. When I asked a member of the cabin crew about this she was very helpful, even after leaving the aircraft when I was dealing with ground staff, she came over to make sure everything was okay. Ground staff in London again were excellent and had organised alternative flights the next day, with an over night stay at a great hotel with dinner, breakfast and transfers included. Excellent customer service and will definitely travel with Virgin again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 August 2013 by Philip Griffiths (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

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Recommended

Flew from London to Johannesburg on 28th July. The worst flight I have been on in the last couple of years, food and service was terrible, the seat was fine but unable to sleep due to too much noise which the stewardesses did nothing about. The return flight I was not allocated my extra leg room which I paid for, very dissatisfied.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  12 August 2013 by A Mills (UK)

Rating : 3/10

Score 3 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Cancun to Gatwick. After take off many passengers wanted a drink of any sort. Cabin crew told us drinks were only being served with the meal. Service of this meal was very unsatisfactory with alcohol, water and meal tray all being presented at the same time. Not a pleasant experience. The meal itself was very second rate too. Stale roll, awful salad and rubber dessert. No offer of second drink except the tea/coffee. After meal the trays and rubbish of several rows was not collected and we eventually (along with others) piled this up in separate seats. This waste was not collected until after serving of pre-landing "snack". Several hours before landing my partner called for staff as she needed a drink. 45 minutes later no-one had come so she went to where they were and asked for a tea. She was told that breakfast was about to be served so not possible. 30 minutes later "breakfast" arrived. "Breakfast" was pretty awful and I was very disappointed that this was the Virgin menu. Rock hard and frozen croissant? Only good thing about Virgin now is the entertainment package.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  9 August 2013 by Liz Quinton (UK)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We regularly fly with VS LGW-LAS and LAX-LHR. We experienced the new PE upstairs on the way out and it was really nice - lots of space. Downside is that they have now added economy class as well upstairs and the toilets are at the front in PE cabin. This meant we had people queuing by us a lot of the time which was really annoying as the aisle is narrow and people were leaning on our seats - Virgin - please get this right - we pay a premium for a reason. On way back less space, seats were a bit cramped.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  7 August 2013 by Graham Andrew (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

I travel London to Boston every summer for work. I used to travel Virgin Atlantic until 2 years ago, when my evening flight was delayed 10 hours. I was put into an airport hotel by the airline. Flight was rescheduled to depart at 5am. When I was charged $75 for excess baggage, I asked for it to be waived owing to the inconvenience. They said "no". I asked to be upgraded to business class, owing to the inconvenience. They said "no". I asked to be compensated for the inconvenience. They said "no". I have not been on a Virgin flight since.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  6 August 2013 by Ryan Hack (UK)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew to America on 22nd July 2013 and return on 4th July. Outbound we had a pleasant and entertaining flight, staff were kind and always offering to help. Airplane was clean and once on-board we were provided with a warm blanket and sleeping package. Food provided wasn't the best, although, better than other airline food. Seat comfort was excellent, touch screen televisions where you could pick from hundreds of new movies. Staff service was of very high standard, they came around with free beverages regularly. However this all changed when flying home from America. When boarding, our seating area was in poor condition with ripped seats and dirty food scattered across the floor. Televisions were not touch screen, the wide range of entertainment seemed to have decreased. Lavatories were diabolical and smelt. Food wasn't high standard and the coffee provided tasted like water, my meal of pasta was nearly frozen and tasted awful. Seat comfort was terrible. No leg room. Staff service wasn't high standard and they spoke to many passengers with attitude. I had problems with the temperature of the airplane and when asking for assistance they told me; "What can we do about it?". Staff members didn't seem bothered with any complaints.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 August 2013 by Karl Doyle (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

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Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flew Premium Economy on VS39 VS40 and I've got to say was pleasantly surprised given the negative comments on here, the planes were clean, VERA worked both ways without fail, the crew were excellent, charming even. Both flights departed on time, luggage was all but ready by the time we got to the carousel. I am getting the impression (as I've flown from LGW to Vegas and Florida on several occasions) that the Heathrow crews are just much better.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 August 2013 by David Brown (UK)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LGW to LAS return ORD to LHR. Flight to Vegas good. In the bubble of a 747. Good on demand video, aircraft newly refurbished. Flight back on an A340 with dreadful inflight entertainment from the stone age. The crew were good on both flights, kept us supplied with water and orange juice. My only real complaint was the food! Not expecting gourmet in cattle truck class, but the food really is dreadful. The food out was passable (just) but the return leg from Chicago was inedible. Bread rolls that resembled a pet rock, a lump of gristle the menu said was beef and breakfast was some lump of coloured sugar called a breakfast bap, another lump of sugar called oat bar, and a frozen lump of sugar called orange juice. And to finish - a mini roll of love hearts sweets! Come in Virgin - we know you need to keep costs down, but surely you could do better that that?



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  5 August 2013 by Illenberger Joachim (Germany)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

JFK-LHR (final destination HAM) on VS 046 (747-400) as a family of 5, including one infant. Check-in in JFK took 30 min. I asked for information on how to transfer from T3 to T5 at LHR but no info was available. At the gate in JFK we handed over our stroller to ground staff for delivery at a/c in LHR. In the a/c eventually we were then told that at LHR strollers are only delivered at the baggage belt and never at aircraft. Well, our stroller is still missing. Shortly after take-off we asked for a baby bassinet. It was only then that cabin crew advised us that our daughter is 1kg over the 9kg bassinet-limit so we won't be able to use it. Meal quality is what it is for Economy Class - nothing wrong about that. Surprised to see that cabin crew would not go around to distribute water or sodas during the night. Astonished by the general behaviour of most of the cabin crew: mainly impudent, sloppy and almost rude. To summarise it was a pretty lousy experience and a big disappointment for me as I always thought very highly of VS and their product strategies. Instead of service trained cabin crew we had the impression to be taken care of by a crew of teenage girls in uniforms. While the IFE is very comprehensive (but nothing extraordinary anymore compared to today's standard), the human contact still is the most important part of product quality in the airline business and this is were in my view VS failed completely.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  2 August 2013 by Henry Kersten (New Zealand)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

We had booked an Air NZ flight but with Star Alliance ended up with a part journey Heathrow to San Francisco on Virgin Atlantic. I had the misfortune of getting sick during the flight. Once they realised I was sick and not in need of emergency medical help they ignored me and my flight was awful. Never made any effort to assist. They said they would get our carry on bags taken for us. As we had a family of five with small children we had a number of bags. As soon as I took a step off the flight they decided they could not. You can imagine my feelings towards them at that point. Should be avoided at all costs.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  1 August 2013 by John Wells (UK)

Rating : 9/10

Score 9 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Business

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LGW-ANU and return. Excellent flight experience. Seats were comfortable and converted into lie-flat beds, with proper sheets and pillows as well as a "sleep-suit" provided. Service was friendly and efficient. Food outstandingly good.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  31 July 2013 by Khattab Youssef (USA)

Rating : 10/10

Score 10 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

LAX-LHR-LAX on an airbus A340-600. Both flights were wonderful and comfortable. Check-in staff and inflight cabin crew were welcoming and helpful. The food, drinks and snacks were great. Clean cabin. Inflight entertainment was excellent. Inflight amenity kit also given. Would definitely use for my next travel plans.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  30 July 2013 by S Gadd (UK)

Rating : 1/10

Score 1 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Very disappointed, flight going out to Orlando from Gatwick ok. Flight coming back was a joke, 747-400, very cramped, unable to put tray down as not any room. Husband had to ask for a drink of water an hour into flight as nothing offered. Dinner served 1.5 hrs later if you can call it dinner. Breakfast was a flat muffin, a thin biscuit and a mouthful of orange. Staff very rude. I will never use them again.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  25 July 2013 by C Dano (Switzerland)

Rating : 5/10

Score 5 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

Catering

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Recommended

LHR-NYC-LHR on 747's. Planes were old and surprisingly dirty. Staff nice and chatty, trying to make you feel welcome and providing a good service. Cabin and IFE old and worn out. I would recommend VS only if you get your ticket for a good price, otherwise the other European carriers are a better alternative.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  25 July 2013 by L Scott (UK)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Little Red - LHR-MAN VS3041 - 22/07/13 - MAN-LHR VS3044 - 24/07/13. Check-in staff at LHR very friendly and engaged with customers, Boarding and departure was on-time and landed early into Manchester. Same standard of product offered as BA onboard. Check-in staff at MAN where inattentive and didn't interact with customers. At the gate the same staff were boarding passengers onto the plane again no customer service at all and the staff just chatted to each other whilst scanning customer boarding cards. Flight left 15 mins ahead of schedule and landed 30 mins early into LHR. Both flights where quite empty the crew didn't have much to do so I wouldn't like to comment to much here and as time passes and the flights hopefully get busier then I hope the crew will be able to become more customer engaging. Overall the only thing that let my trip down was the Manchester check in staff. Came across to me as either bored or not interested in the customers.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  25 July 2013 by Angela Emms (Australia)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

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Economy

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Recommended

Originally booked under the impression that this was a direct flight from Sydney to London. There was a stopover in Hong Kong where passengers were herded off the plane, herded through a security check, through passport control and onto the plane where we proceeded to sit on the runway for 3 hours. Plane was late into London and we missed our connection. Virgin issued us new tickets which we took to BA only to discover that we had been issued with tickets but the flight had not been booked and the best that they could offer was 3 separate seats. Arrived at our destination 5 hours late. On the return journey to Australia I was informed in London that my 5 year old granddaughter could not be booked on the flight from Sydney to Brisbane, and was to ask at the desk in Hong Kong. In HK a surly staff member informed me he couldn't book her on either, on returning to the security check I was informed that my tickets were on the wrong date. Back to the long queue. Armed with the right ticket we reached the plane and arrived in Sydney on time. Our flight to Brisbane had been cancelled - a 6 hour delay. I have been doing a lot of international travel over the last 40 years but I have never experience 2 such journeys. I will never again fly Virgin and I will not recommend them to anyone.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  24 July 2013 by Martyn Chant (UK)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

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Recommended

LHR-BOS on newly acquired A330-300 flight, VS11 returning on the same aircraft flight VS12 some 2 weeks later. We booked Premium Economy both ways and were interested to see how the new aircraft compared to the A340-600 and the B747 we had used with VA over the past 20 years making the same trip. Our flight out was fine (day flight) with all of the staff very attentive and efficient. Refreshments were plentiful and the food ok. The new Premium Economy seats were just about acceptable given the quite short leg room. Boarding excellent. Return journey (night flight) was very disappointing with quite a late dinner leaving about 2+ hours for some sleep before time for their so called breakfast. This night flight seemed understaffed or were very inefficient but the most disappointing aspect was how uncomfortable the seating was when the person in front put their seats back into the fully reclining position. Being only just over 6 feet tall the seat pressed on my knees for most of the time making any sleep impossible. Also very difficult to get up to stretch or visit the washroom. The food was substandard and poorly presented. What a disappointment bring back Premium Economy in the bubble of the 747's or can I suggest that VA management take a trip and fly Premium Economy with Air New Zealand to see how it should be done!



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  24 July 2013 by J Triton (USA)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

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Economy

Value for Money

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Staff Service

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Recommended

VS007 and 008 from Los Angeles to London Heathrow and back. Overall, very impressed. Service is excellent. Staff keep you well fed and hydrated, even in economy. Obviously, it's still airplane food. However, the entrees were hot, the salads were cold, and everything they gave us was filling and edible. Seats are a mixed bag. On the way to London (on board an A340-600), I had a bulkhead seat. The extra legroom was nice, but the seat was extremely narrow because it had the tray table and TV in the armrest. In addition to that, the seatbelt (for some inexplicable reason) was extremely thick and padded. Between the thick armrests and the thick seatbelt, I easily lost 3 inches of seat width. Spent the whole flight with my knees jammed together, it was miserable. However, on the flight back, I was on a 747-400. I sat in the back of the plane, where there are fewer seats per row, giving more room overall. On top of that, my seat had extra legroom for some reason (I'm not exactly sure why...) - I just know that it was one of the first flights I've ever been on that my knees weren't touching the seat in front of me. Entertainment was very good. The only problem I had was that on the flight out (in the bulkhead seat), the TV was stowed on the floor and the extended up in front of me. The screen had been repeatedly kicked and flickered in and out, and the remote stopped working halfway through the flight. In the end, I highly recommend Virgin. My recommendation is that if you choose to fly Virgin, avoid the bulkhead seats. The extra legroom is not worth it.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  23 July 2013 by D Cheung (Australia)

Rating : 8/10

Score 8 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

VS200 from Hong Kong to Sydney. Sat just behind the first row of PE cabin, there are quite a few babies, crying and screaming, didn't bother me. Staff very efficient and helpful, proactive. Seat very comfortable, great legroom. Welcome drinks are juices or champagnes, the glasses used for the champagne are the smallest I have ever seen on a flight. FA kept doing more rounds of welcome drinks, so can have more juices or champagnes if you want. PE cabin totally full but didn't feel cramped, toilets wait time are acceptable even though some Economy passengers are using them. Main meal is very tasty and served on china and proper cutlery. The pre-landing breakfast is more Economy feel, plastic cutlery is used and minimal food but quite tasty and surprisingly juice is not available which is disappointing. All in all, a very good and comfortable trip.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  23 July 2013 by D Cheung (Australia)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

VS201 from Sydney to Hong Kong. Boarding very smooth. Interiors look fine. Old fashioned entertainment system, navigation is not that easy, touch screen function is not available. Seat width is a little bit narrow but legroom is good. Food portion is small, especially the snacks before landing. Wines available are fine. FA are robotic, didn't display much enthusiasm in helping and dealing with passengers, they are efficient in doing the meal services. Toilets are clean all the time. A very smooth ride.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  22 July 2013 by David Husband (Australia)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

VS200, LHR-SYD in Y+. I was advised at the gate in HKG that my IFE was not working so was given 20GBP vouchers for in sky shopping. The IFE eventually worked and the voucher was honoured! Again, pleasant crew but poor quality food and very limited drinks choice. I am in 2 minds about VS. I think they need to lift their game a bit. Flight left HKG late so we would not get to SYD before the curfew lifted. That could be planned better.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  18 July 2013 by Marten Grahn (Sweden)

Rating : 6/10

Score 6 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flight VS095, LHR-YVR, July 4 2013. Seats 61-63 A-C. Six people. Flight left and arrived on time. Flight entertainment good but no AVOD. The c seats bad screen and sound. Food, small portions. Seats narrow and short seatbelts, much longer on a short haul Boeing between ARN-LHR. Alcoholic drinks and pretzels that you can go and get in the galley when you want incl. gin and whisky. According to their website kids should get a backpack but when I asked they said they don't supply it anymore.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  16 July 2013 by Chris Henwood (UK)

Rating : 7/10

Score 7 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Flown with Virgin Atlantic for the last 13 years and most of the time enjoyed it. My last flight was 2 years ago and they have lost the magic touch. Upgraded to premium economy last minute (Manchester-Orlando and New York-Heathrow) and staff was good enough but obviously short staffed. Anyone noticed they have stopped giving out bags with pens, flight socks, toothbrushes, ear muffs and so on in different colours?



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  15 July 2013 by Jeff van Andel (USA)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Premium Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

VS019 from Heathrow to SFO on 7/6/13 we had one of the worst customer service experiences. We were two adults and two children 12 and under. After arriving at Heathrow right on the hour before departure, the check in desk told us the flight was closed, the worst part of this is that the flight was delayed another hour and 20 minutes before it even boarded. We re-booked after talking with 4 different employee's only getting us to JFK and with having to pay an extra booking fee of $250 a piece. Now in JFK with few flights to get us home. Thinking that Virgin America would help us out with the cost of getting home was completely out of the question. We had to pay for the next two days of hotels and travel.



Virgin Atlantic Airways Customer review :  11 July 2013 by A Sheppard (UK)

Rating : 2/10

Score 2 out of 10

Cabin Flown

Economy

Value for Money

Seat Comfort

Staff Service

Catering

Entertainment

Recommended

Manchester to Orlando and back. Economy seats are the most uncomfortable I have encountered. Food was also the worst that my husband and I have ever had on an airline. The portions were small and you got the feeling that this was the cheapest meal that Virgin could order. The 'breakfast' coming back was 'muffin tops', granola bar and a small bit of juice. So basically sugar, sugar and more sugar. I don't expect bacon and eggs in economy, but even a good quality croissant with some butter would have been better. Served no tea and coffee as they said there was a 'problem' out of Manchester. This flight left Orlando, so not sure why they couldn't order supplies out of Orlando. The only thing good I can say was that I thought the inflight entertainment was good and that the crew were attentive. It's not their fault that they were serving the cheapest of cheap catering. I thought on both legs that they regularly came around with water/juice during the flight. I would only fly Virgin again if there were no other choice.





 
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