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Review of Virgin America flight San Francisco Los Angeles in First

Airline Virgin America
Flight VX 847
Class First
Seat 2A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 29 Aug 07, 13:20
Arrival at 29 Aug 07, 14:40
VX   #17 out of 129 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 26 reviews
manureva744
By 4320
Published on 12th September 2011
After the few hours spent in SFO, I went to wait for my flight at the Continental Presiden Club thanks to a friend of mine who is a member. The lounge is small, I didn't take any pictures. There is a bar in the middle tended by a barman. There are pretzels, and other nuts available and as we are in the morning there are bagels, cream cheese and jam. There are also a few fruits, bananas, apples.

After I had checked-in at the Virgin America counters, very trendy, white with red notes, orchids in pots, I accept the First Class upgrade for 50 USD. It'll give me the opportunity to compare with Alaska Airlines I just flew in with.
Security check was fast and I go to gate A12 to wait for departure.
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Boarding will start soon and behind the counter there is a table with earphones available free of charge. Other lowcost carriers make you pay the earphones and prices range from 1USD at jetBlue to 5USD at Hawaiian Air.
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Our CFM on the left hand side.
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The legroom is far better than at Alaska !
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Our neighbour, another Airbus, A320 wearing the jetBlue name.
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Traffic at SFO
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The runway for our departure for Los Angeles
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And we have lift off !
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SFO Airport from above !
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Sceneries…
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Personnal television in First.
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I went in Economy for a couple of pictures of the winglet
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Our engine. It is a shame you don't see how irridescent the red colour is, you'd think they poured tons of glitter on it !
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During the flight a snack is served in small plastic verrines served in a box.
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Cherry tomato and mozzarella with balsamic vinegar.
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Parma ham and melon pearl.
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Vanilla cream chou with chocolate sauce.
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My meal for the flight. The crew will also offer crisps on top of what was already offered. Drinks are also served, I took a Coke.
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And California goes by under our Airbus or under the clouds…
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On my screen, the map of the continental USA and our arrival at LAX.
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Little turn above downtown Los Angeles.
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Our landing is smooth and we are waiting between the 2 North runways and we see this China Eastern A340-600 departing for Shanghai Pudong.
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We get to our taxiway and towards terminal 6 which was back then the one Virgin American used before transfering it's operations to T3, while taxiing we meet up with Air New Zealand.
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Verdict

Virgin America

7.9/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering9.5

San Francisco - SFO

7.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access5.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Los Angeles - LAX

5.6/10
Efficiency7.0
Access5.0
Services5.5
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

The flight went real well, with a couple minutes delay.

Comfort wise, the Virgin America First class is excellent. The white seats are really comfortable.

The personnel is young and dynamic but a little too familiar for my taste. I prefer the europeans or asians act. It's a little but like in restaurants in the USA where they'll spent their whole time asking you if all is good when you are actually eating and chewing food ! Very rude ! I prefer not to be bothered but to know that the staff is ready on hand whould I need them.

Compared to Alaska Airlines, it was excellent ! All I needed with an excellent quality snack !

Information on the route San Francisco (SFO) Los Angeles (LAX)

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