Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Upper Class London-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review

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Boarding was quite civilized; no one was showing withdrawal symptoms from the Clubhouse although a few, including myself, might have been quietly pining for more lounge time.

Several members of the cabin crew were stationed at 1L greeting passengers and directing a few lost souls. Virgin has 31 fully lie-flat seats in a single Upper Class cabin and the new bar is at the rear.


Virgin Flight 21, slated to depart at 11:25 a.m., left the gate eight minutes late and arrived the same day in Washington, D.C. at 3:15 p.m., 15 minutes later than scheduled.

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Our route took us from London over the Irish Sea and the southern tip of Ireland proceeding out over the open Atlantic. We first entered North American airspace over Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence and headed down the eastern seaboard over Long Island, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland until making our final approach and landing at Dulles.


As I found out on the flight over, Virgin has installed the newest version of its business-class seat in its Dreamliners. It’s slightly less red and somewhat less retro than the earlier versions but, overall, it’s brilliant.

Seats are in a 1-1-1 herringbone configuration and my seat, 10A, was near the bar.

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