Virgin Atlantic Economy Review

Although I’ve flown across the Atlantic with all sorts of airline carriers, I have to admit that my economy class experience with Virgin Atlantic takes the prize. Finding a last-minute summer flight to Europe that fit my budget was a hassle but Virgin Atlantic made it possible. Within a few weeks of searching for flights on Skyscanner, I discovered that they offered the most affordable one-way economy class ticket from New York City to London. In no time I was on my merry way. Not only was Virgin Atlantic’s first impression refreshing but they offered an in-flight experience that surpassed what I’ve experienced with any other airline. Based on this, I would absolutely consider flying with Virgin Atlantic again.

Flying with Virgin Atlantic in Economy

Virgin Atlantic economy in-flight experience

Virgin Atlantic Economy Seats

Since Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are SkyTeam partners, I took advantage of my SkyMiles membership status when boarding. As a Delta SkyMiles Member, I was among the first to board the plane and since the flight attendants boarded from back to front, it saved a lot of time. We were ready to take off 30 minutes ahead of schedule – that’s impressive!

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From the moment I walked onto the plane, I knew that I was in for an interesting experience.

The plane looked bright, spacious and modern. Each seat came with its own adjustable headrest, personal touch-screen entertainment center, and USB charging station. There was also plenty of legroom. I didn’t feel like I was imposing on any of the other passengers.

 

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Memorable safety video

I also have to mention that the animated safety video caught my attention.

In the instructional video, a dozing off passenger embarks on an epic journey. Still keeping all the instructional components like putting on your seat belt and how to use the oxygen mask, the main character is challenged to a wild-west duel and gets caught by villains. The James Bond scenes were entertaining.

This was probably one of the most engaging safety videos I watched in a long time!

Economy amenity kit

Virgin Atlantic Welcome Kit
Everything you need for a comfortable flight.

Above all else, I appreciated Virgin Atlantic’s thoughtfulness.

A complimentary welcome amenity kit was on each seat. It included a warm blanket, a pair of socks, headphones and an eye mask.

A toothbrush, toothpaste, pen, earplugs and a pillow were inside the bag.

Why were the Virgin Atlantic amenities so useful?

1. The pen came in handy when filling out the customs declaration forms.

2. I was so thirsty when boarding the plane. The small bottle of water quenched my thirst and I did not have to bother the cabin crew. Some other great tips for surviving long haul flights include stocking up on at least 2 liters of water to stay hydrated. This is something I need to do a lot more of.

3. With the headphones, I enjoyed the in-flight entertainment.

4. Having a toothbrush and toothpaste meant that I could hit the ground running as soon as I landed in London. I didn’t have to worry about having bad breath.

5. I used the eye mask and pillow to fall asleep comfortably. I still use this eye mask when I travel.

Virgin Atlantic Welcome Packet

Other Virgin Atlantic Amentities

I barely slept on my flight because there were so many movies and t.v. shows to choose from. Game of Thrones and Empire were among the most popular shows to watch.

Virgin Atlantic also allowed passengers to rate movies. Based on their recommendations, I enjoyed watching Eye in the Sky, a riveting thriller about a terrorist capture in Kenya. I also watched Room, a drama which follows an abducted mom and her 5-year-old son.

Lastly, the complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks were a big bonus.

Overall, I am extremely happy with my Virgin Atlantic economy class experience. Virgin Atlantic thought of almost everything a traveler could want and need on a long transatlantic flight. I would only suggest adding a small bar of soap to the welcome kit to help us freshen up.

If you’re thinking about flying with Virgin Atlantic, I say go for it. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Have you flown with Virgin Atlantic? What’s your favorite amenity?

25 replies
  1. Marly says:

    Once i flied with Atlantic, it was not so bad! In general i felt good. They really try to make flying more comfortable, despite the economy class!

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  2. Travelerette says:

    I like that safety video! The amenities sound good as well, especially the toothbrush. I will look into Virgin Atlantic next time I fly “across the pond”.

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  3. 2travellingsisters says:

    Have read so many good reviews about Virgin Atlantic. This post shows how much effort they take to make their passengers comfortable during the journey. Need to try flying with them on our next trip.

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  4. Live Learn Venture says:

    Wow this looks great!! I love learning about airlines I’ve never flown. Living in Korea, I love how many of the regular airlines include so many more extras than back at the US. For example on Jin Air I had a 3.5 hour flight to the Philippines — it included a drink and meal and I believe I paid less than $300 RT! It really make a difference when an airline goes above and beyond! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Chantell Collins says:

    I have never flown with Virgin Atlantic before but I would definitely consider it after reading this. I love the welcome pack – I really miss getting eye masks on flights. I used to carry one around but I lost it and haven’t replaced it since.

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  6. Eric Bravo says:

    Sounds like they treat you good for international flights! I hardly fly with Virgin, but hear good things about them. Might have to try them out next time thanks to your post 🙂

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  7. Joella says:

    Virgin is one of my favorite airlines both for travel within the US and abroad. Their service and amenities as you have described are excellent. If you ever need to travel again one way to London I will also suggest you look into Norwegian Air. I recently flew them in their premium cabin because they were so reasonably priced and my experience was amazing (can’t speak for economy). Happy Roving!!!

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  8. Christina says:

    I have only flown with Virgin once. Now I am wondering why??? Your post has reminded me of all the positives. I really appreciated the bottle of water. Nothing like waiting for water when you are so thirsty.

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  9. Jennifer Morrow says:

    I have flown First class on Virgin Atlantic and it is excellent service. The economy does not look like a bad option.

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  10. Megan Indoe says:

    I only flew Virgin once a few years back for my old job and LOVED it! I always wanted to fly again but it never worked out that they had hubs in some of the destinations I was going to. I would love to fly on their airlines again, especially since last time we were back in the States we had a crappy flight and plane with AA.

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  11. megan_claire says:

    It really is the little things which make a difference – I’ve had similar experiences with Virgin where they have gone above and beyond to really make the customer comfortable. Love them! Glad you do too XX

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  12. Alex Datsev says:

    Compared to what most US carriers offer on flights across the pond, this was indeed a bliss! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Helena says:

    It is good to see a positive post about an Airline. I have never flown with these guys so I will definitely have to keep an eye out for them!

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  14. Paige Brown says:

    Wow! This sounds pretty awesome! I’ve always thought that airlines should board from back to front, it just makes so much more sense! I also love the welcome packages. Thanks for the review.

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  15. Travel Pockets says:

    When I first flew with Virgin Atlantic, I had the same experience! I was an awe of how cool and thoughtful this airline is. The instructional video I saw was different from the one you saw, but it was just as deflightful. I even ended up watching it a couple times when I got home cuz it was so entertaining. And YES! to the pen! You know how many times someone has asked to borrow my pen to fill out their customs form? So much that I now only fill it out when everyone is sleeping. I know, I should share, but one time I didn’t get my pen back 🙁

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  16. eBaulaTravel says:

    I would be happy with this kind of service myself. I would love the welcome kit…that only shows how much they also invest on their passengers. Great review! I would definitely recommend it…

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  17. Kerri McConnel says:

    Great to see positive reviews about airlines. I think all too often they get slammed for no apparent reason. Without them, we couldn’t travel too far.

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  18. The Roaming Renegades says:

    I would definitely have to agree, we also flew with Virgin Atlantic to New York and had a great experience with them!

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  19. Paul and Carole says:

    We haven’t flown Virgin for many years but this has put them back on our radar. Love the pen and bottle of water in the amenities pack, so simple but useful. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Carmel says:

    I try to only fly with Virgin, it’s alway such a happy experience. Your photos are great, and yes I also love the animated safety video

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