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Travelling to England. Virgin Atlantic or British airways?

Travel Forums Europe Travelling to England. Virgin Atlantic or British airways?

1. Posted by colett (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I will be travelling to London, and I need to know what your opinion on these two airlines are.

I will be travelling from Oakland to London on British Airways or
I will be travelling from San Fran to London on Virgin

What are the seats like (12 hour flight!), movies or tv avaliable, and food like. Please let me know what you prefer!

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

BA varies wildly from OK to great, depending on what crew you get (whether they can be bothered to bring the drinks round, whether they're friendly etc..). Only flown Virgin once and I thought it was pretty good.

Movies are about the same for both, choice of about 20 that start at the same time (last time I flew anyway). Virgin have better computer games (SNES). Food is probably a bit better on BA. I reckon.

3. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

I flew on Virgin from London to San Fran a few years ago and found it very good. A choice of three different meals. About ten recent movies to choose from (as you have your own screen and remote control you can start them, rewind, fast forward etc whenever you like), about ten comedy shows (fraser, friends, will and grace, etc)and some cartoons plus computer games. Highly recommendable!

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Never used Virgin so can say anything about them but BA definitly doens't get more then OK.

If i where you i would choose the cheapest of the two and after the last extra fuel charge with ba i guess that that would be Virgin.

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

I flew Virgin for the first time about a week ago from New York to London and it was awesome - both in terms of price as well as comfort. Their in-flight entertainment is "off the hook". On the whole, I would prefer Virgin to British Airways.


6. Posted by sarusan (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

I have sworn to never travel with BA again because I've flown with four times and EVERY SINGLE TIME something has happened to massively inconvenience me, be it losing my luggage (three times out of the four), being very, very late (twice) or check-in farce (literally hundreds of people on all BA transfers anywhere being allocated to the same check-in desk staffed by three people. Needless to say, almost everybody missed their connection). Add to those annoyances a lack of courtesy and/or organisation from the staff.

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 11y

I wish i had the choice of the 2!! i usually fire out an email to Thomas Cook to find the cheapest price possible!
Good luck tho!


8. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Just remembered that I actually called a courier company and managed to get a courier seat on the Virgin Flight which worked out about £150 cheaper than the price of economy tickets at the time. Maybe worth a try!