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VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   19 November 2014

Review by : S Jaswal (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Holiday to Florida, flight experience was horrendous both out and back from back to Gatwick. There was no leg room or space to get in and out of seats. I was travelling with my family of 4 with 2 children, we were devastated at the experience and will never fly Virgin again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   19 November 2014

Review by : Suzanne Lyall (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Return flight from Newark to Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic changed our seat numbers to accommodate a family, which is fair enough, families should sit together. The seats we were allocated were awful, behind the bulkhead seats - D&E. The family immediately reclined their seats and had no consideration for others. It was difficult to see the screen due to the close proximity, it was extremely uncomfortable, we struggled to get out of the seats due to the recline. Virgin should have put some thought into the fact that we were inconvenienced but they couldn't care less. I feel let down by Virgin and will probably shop around with other airlines in the future. Another annoying factor was that we were in the second to last cabin and there was no hot food choice by the time the cabin staff reached us. Overall, a very poor service.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   19 November 2014

Review by : Liz Carter (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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We paid extra for premium economy seats as a treat from london gatwick to las vegas. I've always been a huge virgin fan but this will be the last time we fly with them. The seats aren't that comfy, although wide. An hour into the flight the couple in front of us fully reclined their seats. There was so room and myself and my 6 foot 6 husband had to sit with our legs at 90 degrees for the rest of the flight. I couldn't even get out to go to the loo there was such little space and spilled drink over myself in the process. It was extremely claustrophobic. I was hoping the return journey would be better but the audio didn't work to my entertainment screen. The flight attendant offered me a portable DVD player, which i had to balance on my tray, in an already cramped space. I flew virgin premium economy a few years ago and in my opinion they have placed more seats in the area, to fit more people in as i don't remember feeling that cramped before. On a positive note all the flight attendants looked polished, but i'm they have now lost my custom to Emirates or BA.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   26 July 2014

Review by : Rich Tuttle (USA)

Comfort: 2/10

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Seats are narrow with little legroom. If person in front reclines you have zero legroom. Food was absolutely horrendous. Service was "going through the motions." Seems like VA is cutting back on service, just focusing on premier class. This will be our last Virgin flight for a while, maybe forever



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   19 July 2014

Review by : Tim Collins (UK)

Comfort: 3/10

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Far from ideal economy seats for a long haul flight - you book Virgin with the expectation of getting something a little better but this is definitely not true anymore with economy. Very modest incline on the seat certainly no where close to feeling like a natural sleeping position. Just about enough leg room for me as a 5'8 tall man but in some seats the seat mounting will stop you being able to stretch out. Food was average - standard meal tray with a cold starter (pasta salad), rubbery bread roll and a small hot element (either lasagna or chicken) which reminded me of a cheap ready meal. Second meal was a cold snack consisting of a very small sandwich and a very small packet of premium crisps. Other than that got one hot and one cold drink service with and just after the main meal. Our plane had being recently refitted so the new touch screen entertainment system was in place and I have to say this was excellent with a very good selection of recent films and TV. Very small screen but this didn't matter so much in economy as you are never too far away from the seat in front! Other than that the cabin in the 747 was starting to show its age which I guess was not surprising considering it has being flying since 2001. I would not go out of my way to book Virgin again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   19 July 2014

Review by : M Lawrence (UK)

Comfort: 8/10

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LGW-LAS. Priority boarding and an alcoholic beverage served as soon as you were seated. The seat is wide, comfy, and there is plenty of leg room to stretch out. The recline is lovely too because it really does enable you to doze off at will. The food that was served was perfectly fine and filling. IFE is superb. It caters for all tastes and after your meal and just a little too much to drink, you can drift off into one of Hollywood's latest offerings, something from TV, a game of football, or catch up on the latest news. Premium economy reviews shouldn't make the mistake of comparing to business class, it isn't a flat bed. What it is though is a very comfortable seat with great service and fantastic IFE. It's so worth the extra money.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A330

Date :   19 July 2014

Review by : Katie Fallon (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Gatwick to Barbados on the 747 and had a very comfortable flight. The return flight on the A330 was a different story. I have never been so uncomfortable on a long haul flight. The seats are hard, they don't recline very well and there is nothing to support your head when you want to sleep. On the 747, the head rests come round so you have something nice to lean on and the seats seemed more padded. The A330 seats were so hard, not even my 7 year old got any sleep. The entertainment is okay but nothing to write home about and the food was pretty awful. I used to think Virgin were the best, but having flown Emirates a few times, Emirates are far superior. In future, I will avoid flying Virgin.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   3 March 2014

Review by : R Tomlinson (UK)

Comfort: 10/10

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We used the twilight check in service which was fast and efficient and made such a difference at check in the following day. No queues just straight through. We had upper deck premium economy seats (21A/C,24H/K). Lots of room, very comfy seats, amazing choice of films/tv /games, attentive staff, wonderful food.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS AA340-600

Date :   29 January 2014

Review by : G Greenwood (Australia)

Comfort: 1/10

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I felt too big for the seat due to narrow width. Both of my arms overlapped the armrests by about 2 inches. I could not tuck my leg under it without feeling a lot of compression on it. My shoulders had to be curled forward like a racecar as I could not flatten my shoulders completely. To exit the seat row I had to bend at a 45 degree angle. The cabin and seat was clearly ageing. The seat base was saggy and as the pocket was saggy it used up even more of the limited space. Tv buttons took a lot of effort to press due to wear and the screen was not properly aligned which meant I had to angle my head inwards about 30 degrees to be square on.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A340

Date :   13 January 2014

Review by : Gulrez Khan (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Flew LHR to Cape Town own. What is all the hype about Virgin. This was the worst flight ever. I fly regularly to South Africa. The seats were narrow and cramped. No legroom at all. Food was dreadful and very small portions. Offered a drink only once during flight. Aircrew not at all customer focused. Food almost thrown at you. No smiles please or how can I help. Also 2 stewards trousers and waist coats were threadbare and torn. What a disgrace to represent Virgin and Richard Branson. Will never fly Virgin again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   13 January 2014

Review by : D Broughton (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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The most uncomfortable flight we have ever had. Very narrow seats, no leg room if you are taller than 5ft and the pocket on the seat in front cuts into your knees. We were on seat 42 - avoid it at all costs it's next to the crew quarters - they are in and out all night opening and shutting the door, talking and laughing - had no rest at all. We hope we never have to travel on this plane again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   13 January 2014

Review by : J Stevens (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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People reclined so far in front, they were almost on our laps. Awkward to get out of seats as not enough space. Arm rest in middle did not go fully back either, which made things even more complicated. Very bad when you have arthritic problems.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   13 October 2013

Review by : C Griffiths (UK)

Comfort: 3/10

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LHR-SFO and LAX-LHR. We were disappointed to find our Economy seats were narrow, uncomfortable and immediately claustrophobic. We waited 2 hours into the flight for a drink, or even for any acknowledgement from cabin crew. The plane had already been delayed by 1.5 hours, and we also spent 45 minutes waiting on the ground before we could take off, so by that point we felt quite neglected really. The pilot did acknowledge why we had been delayed but stated there had been a “major technical fault” with the plane –In flight, my partner’s TV kept cutting out and in the end, froze for the remains of the flight, so he had to read instead. I had last flown with VA ten years ago, and have memories of comfortable seats, adequate leg room, attentive staff and good food. I do not know what they have done, but I felt they have economised on all the above areas. On the return flight to London, the pilot was very pleasant and reassuring, speaking to us on a few occasions and acknowledging turbulence. Also, although the TVs are temperamental, the selection available of films and programmes is excellent really. I agree with the person above who suggested that the emphasis is now on PE. However, as I cannot afford to travel PE, I would shop elsewhere in future to see if it is still possible to travel Economy in comfort.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   13 October 2013

Review by : M Saladino (USA)

Comfort: 7/10

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SFO-LHR round trip. The seats were comfortable and FA attentive. For a long haul flight we totally recommend PE. great selection of movies. The food was adequate and the only this missing was a plug for your laptop or phone.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   13 October 2013

Review by : K Hopkin (Jersey)

Comfort: 3/10

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My husband and I flew premium economy from Cancun to LGW. It was a truly horrendous experience that I would not wish anyone to repeat. The legroom was fine until the person in front reclines their seat. I was left with no room for my legs and had to have them parted around the seat in front. The meal was served late, lights out was only for a couple of hours (on an overnight flight) and nothing was done about people yelling and being rowdy during lights out. The food was so awful that I turned down the second meal. Seats can be booked 3 months in advance, which is awful. We encountered several couples who were unable to sit together (including a honeymooning couple) because there were no seats left in pairs! A truly awful airline.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   21 April 2013

Review by : A Stinson (USA)

Comfort: 5/10

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Sat in seats 80H and 80K, the last row of the upper cabin on a flight from London to San Francisco. Seats barely reclined, because we were situated right in front of the bathroom. The seats were really hard to get in and out of, especially once the person in front of me reclined her seat. Once that happened it was also difficult to see the TV screen in the seat back. Sitting near the bathroom was also bad because of the smell. I'd avoid flying Virgin Atlantic economy for long haul flights at all costs. On the trip SFO to London we paid $50/seat extra for 3" of extra legroom, which was worth the money for such a long flight



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A340-600

Date :   21 April 2013

Review by : Pol Van Damme (Belgium)

Comfort: 2/10

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The seats are narrow, hard and very uncomfortable. Legroom is average, but the seat pocket is in a position that it limits your space. This was the most uncomfortable seat I traveled in a very long time.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A330-300

Date :   21 April 2013

Review by : Max Ackermann (UK)

Comfort: 6/10

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The flight was delayed by 6 hours, the plane was a nice feel as it was new, if someone reclines their seat it goes right up close to your face and the person that was in front of me reclined his seat from the second the seatbelt sign went off to the second the flight attendant had to tell him. The entertainment system was good, touch screen and new technology (on the A330). A sorry would've been nice for the FA spilt the cup of tea when collecting my tray, just one of the great features of my wonderful flight to London. The FA was more interested in her colleagues night out than unlocking the toilet after take off.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A340

Date :   21 April 2013

Review by : Peter Miller (UK)

Comfort: 6/10

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I do not understand why there are so many poor reviews for virgin. It seems people don't realise there is only so much space. I myself am 19 stone, not something that I am proud of but I did not have any problem with getting in or getting out of my chair. Also the service that I received while on the aircraft was very good on both outward and returning back to the UK. I flew from LHR to LAX last October. I don't believe that I was just lucky. My last comment is if you don't like virgin then I wish you all the best on united.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   24 February 2013

Review by : Kurt Smith (USA)

Comfort: 5/10

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The seat on virgin's 747 was uncomfortable, to say the least. The armrests were miniscule and a TV remote would have been better. If the person in front of you is a total jerk and has no respect, he/she can lean their seat all the way back and make it impossible to see your TV or even move. Getting into the seat is very difficult and you have to bump into the fellow passengers.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   15 February 2013

Review by : J Oeming (USA)

Comfort: 8/10

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SFO-Heathrow-SFO. Premium Economy seating was good. Leather seats that reclined. The flight to Heathrow was full, crew was friendly and professional. The food was nice and the amenities wonderful. The crew on the flight to SFO were a bit more flustered even though premium economy was sparse. They seemed to forget about me on a few occasions (not asking if I wanted things, taking away other things, making sure I was in premium economy and not economy, etc.). They were definitely flustered. As someone mentioned previously, I also noticed the premium economy bathrooms were opened to all in economy, though the business class bathrooms were off-limits to premium economy passengers. I would fly premium economy again, as what I saw of the economy seats were awful.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   22 January 2013

Review by : G Bradley (UK)

Comfort: 5/10

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The seats were so narrow that it was impossible to move without either switching on the light or calling the steward. Lack of cushioning on seats mean a numb behind after a few hours.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   18 January 2013

Review by : H Akkor (UK)

Comfort: 4/10

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I have travelled Virgin Atlantic for over fifteen years. I usually take between three and five flights a year with them. If the there was no loyalty scheme I wouldn't fly with them anymore. Here's why - the seats in economy are small and have limited legroom (31 inches). They no longer offer any of the great benefits they used to. The amenity kit has gone and the meal has been reduced to its most basic form. Anyone who flew Virgin in the good old days would be amazed at what it's turned into. I have flown all three classes and the emphasis is now all about Premium and Upper. Virgin is all style over substance these days. It all looks amazing in their fancy commercials but the reality is that if you can only afford to fly economy they really don't care about you.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A340-300

Date :   1 January 2013

Review by : L Hislop (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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These are, by some distance, the most uncomfortable seats I have ever endured in an aircraft. The seats are on the small and narrow side but the over-riding issue is how hard they are and the position they force your lower back into, whether you recline your chair or not. After only 2 hours, I was in pain. To put this in context, I have taken flights lasting up to 15 hours and have never been moved to complain about my seat before. I will never fly Virgin again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 7847-400

Date :   1 January 2013

Review by : Bruce Bowe (USA)

Comfort: 4/10

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SFO-LHR-SFO. Old seeming plane, Premium Economy was not worthwhile. No amenity pack on return. Filthy toilets, but nice FAs. Pretty uncomfortable overall. Also, Premium Economy toilets were avail to all Economy passengers.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   1 January 2013

Review by : C Greenslade (UK)

Comfort: 4/10

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Premium economy, Las Vegas to Gatwick. Cabin staff good, the rest of Virgin Atlantic don't give a damn after they have your money, When you complain they just give you a corporate answer and brush you off with any of the excuses they have for each situation. You pre assign seats and rarely get what you ask for, you ask why and they tell you its an aircraft change, even though the layout is the same. They are untrustworthy. I have given them many chances, but they keep letting me down.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - BOEING 747-400

Date :   10 September 2012

Review by : N Wain (UK)

Comfort: 2/10

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I am slim but had to wedge myself into the seat. With the TV control in the side of the seat you have to get out of your seat to get it. Was so cramped that I didn't bother getting up on the flight out or back which was unhealthy. Very uncomfortable. Virgin is now a budget airline without the budget prices.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - AIRBUS A340-600

Date :   27 October 2011

Review by : D Taylor (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Outward flight seat in Row 42 opposite crew door - which opens and closes all the time as they go for a "rest". Return flight seat 54G - no leg room, and if the person in front reclines the seat you have little room and cant see your screen



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - A340

Date :   23 October 2011

Review by : L Hart (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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On a night flight Los Angeles to Heathrow seats extremely cramped. Once seat reclined slightly for sleeping it moves forward making legroom impossible. I am 5'2" and knees were touching seat in front. Seats hard and uncomfortable. Will re-think using Virgin again. Slightly better outward on 747.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - A340

Date :   23 October 2011

Review by : Bryan Gibson (UK)

Comfort: 1/10

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Nightmare in Row 31, centre aisle on night flight from Boston to Heathrow. Started trying to check-in and choose seats 24 hours before departure. Failed on all counts. Called London from hotel four times. Promise made to put note on Boston file, but no record of call admitted by ground staff on our arrival at the airport. Row 31 is the first middle group of four seats behind the bulkhead separating Upper from Economy Class. My partner and I are not fat people, but we could not fit ourselves comfortably into these extra narrow seats with airbags attached to the safety belts, which were using up even more of the limited width. A kind young man offered me his exit seat as I suffer from arthritis in my hip. My partner was not so lucky. She spent the entire night flight with her arms crossed (as the passengers either side of her had taken both arm rests. Virgin Atlantic. Why does Virgin Atlantic online check in system not work and why are they offering four seats on a plane, that even slim people cannot sit comfortably in? If any passenger is offered a middle row 31 seat and is larger than a size 8 to 10, for your own good, cancel your flight and fly with someone else.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - A340

Date :   23 October 2011

Review by : George Wilkinson (Australia)

Comfort: 2/10

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SYD-LHR return via HKG. SYD-HKG screen did not work, told cabin crew who said they would reset it but still didn't work. Food terrible on way back - won't flying Virgin Atlantic again.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC A340-600 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - 20 September 2011 by James Wong (Australia)

AIRCRAFT : A340-600

PAX SIZE : Small

LAYOUT : 2x3x2

POSITION : Window

PAX RATING : 6/10

RECOMMENDED : No

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Seats feeling old, tend to recline when leaning back even if switch button not held. Poor screen visibility especially if front seat reclined.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-400 PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW - 6 September 2011 by Monica Biesok (UK)

AIRCRAFT : BOEING 747-400

PAX SIZE : Large

LAYOUT : 2x4x2

POSITION : Aisle

PAX RATING : 4/10

RECOMMENDED : No

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With the seat in front reclined it felt as claustrophobic as a budget airline, at no time could I see the television properly even when seat in front upright. The staff were totally uninterested in the passengers. We will never fly Virgin again and found Premium Economy a rip off (we had paid almost double economy prices, for what?)



VIRGIN ATLANTIC A340-600 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 6 September 2011 by  Nicholas Shearman (Hong Kong)

AIRCRAFT :       A340-600

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 2x4x2

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    2/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

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Seat recline and leg room inadequate, shins pressed up against seat in front.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-400 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 6 September 2011 by  Sophie Hall (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       BOEING 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Middle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

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I fly long haul regularly and found that the seats on Virgin Atlantic were the most narrowest seats I have ever been in.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC A340 PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 6 September 2011 by  Andrea Hardman (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       A340

PAX SIZE :   Small

LAYOUT : 2x3x2

POSITION :   Window

PAX RATING :    5/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

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I am only 5' 3'' and when the person in front reclined their seat fully, my TV screen was too close to my face, her seat invaded my personal space and had it not been a night flight I would have complained. Premium economy on Virgin A340's is not worth the money, the space is too small when the person in front decides to recline their seat.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-400 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 11 August 2011 by  Tim Best (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       BOEING 747-400

PAX SIZE :   X-Large

LAYOUT : 2x2

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

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If you have a larger than "average" body shape don't bother with Premium Economy - you will need upper class. Premium Economy seats have the controls for TV and audio built into the inside of the armrest so cannot be accessed if you are wedged into them. I was unfortunate enough to have a box under the seat in front so could not stretch out at all. My seat was far too narrow for me and I had to keep getting out of it during an 8 hr flight it made my journey horrendous. I upgraded on the return leg to upper class which cost an unacceptable amount but I felt that there was no option. It should be noted that the Premium Economy seating does not have moveable armrests and being fixed makes this worse. Economy seats do have some movement on the armrests but only to 3/4 posiiton.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC A340-600 PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 11 June 2011 by  Amanda Martin (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       A340-600

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 2x3x2

POSITION :   Window

PAX RATING :    8/10

RECOMMENDED :   Yes

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

Yes

London to Boston and for the first time upgraded to their premium economy - seats were comfortable and spacious. The downside on the return leg when the passenger in front of me fully reclined his seat for the entire flight which made my space feel encroached.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-400 PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 7 June 2011 by  Jonathan Payne (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 2x3x2

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    4/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

Yes

Virgin's Premium Economy seats are twice the price. What you get is more seat width, legroom and recline, better service, some better food and booze. The problem is that the armrest between the seats takes up a lot of space, and cannot be lifted up. So if you travel with kids or even a spouse, there's a lost opportunity to get more comfortable. The kids cannot lie with their heads on your lap ever in premium economy. The seats recline more than economy but it doesn't matter. It's still not enough and the seats in general are quite uncomfortable.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC Boeing 747-400 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 6 June 2011 by  Rita Pointer (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 2x4x2

POSITION :   Middle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

We were in basic economy on the flight out, plane half empty so we were told to sit where we liked - on the way back same half empty but crew were charging GBP30 for window seats - they told us it was an upgrade.



VIRGIN ATLANTIC BOEING 747-400 ECONOMY CLASS SEAT REVIEW  - 10 April 2011 by  Charles Allan (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 2x4x2

POSITION :   Middle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :   No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

Seat appalling - tiny, falling apart, TV screen a joke. Food - don't ask.




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