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

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Next was the main course, a choice of filet of beef, chicken teriyaki (even in Upper Class, you can’t get away from the “chicken or beef” choice!), paneer musallam (an Indian dish), and what I ordered, grilled salmon filet, accompanied by chorizo, fresh asparagus, and balsamic dressing. The fish was as good as what I’ve had on the ground in better restaurants. Dessert sounded like something not to pass up: warm toffee apple and pecan pudding. It was as good as its promise.

An hour later, it was tea time. Back at the bar, crew members set a variety of freshly prepared sandwiches and warm scones out. The sandwich menu included smoked ham and pickled onion chutney, mayonnaise and watercress, and cheddar cheese with spiced fruit chutney. “Naughty but nice” treats accompanying the tea included Jamaican ginger cake, Battenberg cake, and carrot cake. Each was better than the other and I had to throttle my intake, fearing extra workouts at the gym doing cardio to make up for the indulgence.

Throughout, cabin crew members were in the aisles offering drinks and snacks and making everyone feel well taken care of.

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ARRIVAL

After eight hours and 13 minutes in the air and eight hours and 42 minutes on board, we touched down at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. I was continuing on to New York on a Delta flight from Washington National and was one of the first off the aircraft. Thanks to Global Entry, I was landside in minutes and in a car en route to my connecting flight.

BOTTOM LINE

My fourth Virgin Atlantic Airways flight was as much fun as the first. While many compare flying to riding on a bus in the sky, Virgin gets it and works hard to ensure an on-board experience that reduces the stress of travel while making it enjoyable at the same time.

Given a great crew and excellent food, as well as the comfort of the high-tech Dreamliner, I can’t wait until my next flight on a Virgin Dreamliner.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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