I have fond memories of flying when I was a little girl. My mom would ensure my sister and I were dressed up and had something warm to take on the plane, double check that our favorite stuffed animals and travel games were packed (Mad Libs for me, coloring books for my sister), and get us to the airport in plenty of time so we could watch the people come and go.
We'd board the plane, fight over who got the window seat, and meet the cabin crew. If we asked nicely, we could go visit the pilot and even get a pair of wings to pin our clothes and show off to our friends when we returned home. We counted the clouds in the sky, and wondered how close are were to the stars. Flying was a delight. It was exciting and thrilling. It was civilized, dignified and something to look forward to. Flying made travel fun.
While flying has certainly changed over the years - even I can admit it's not as fun as it was when we were kids - the team at Virgin Atlantic aims to bring back a little of the glory days of flying.
I checked into my flight to London and was handed a red card with directions to the lounge on it. I had about two and a half hours before my evening flight and wanted to grab a bite, check emails, and freshen up. The Virgin Atlantic lounge is located in Terminal E on the bottom level, just next to the Aer Lingus lounge and below the gates. In true Virgin style, the lounge made a fashionable first impression.
You're greeted by a Virgin Atlantic team member, who will stow your luggage and give you a tour around the lounge. Since there's only one flight in and one flight out a day to/from Boston, the lounge is small but has all the fixings you'll need for a comfortable stay. My advice: get here a good 2-3 hours early so you can grab a nice spot and settle in. The closer it gets to departure time, the more packed the lounge gets with travelers.
Inside the Virgin Atlantic Lounge at Boston Logan:
There's plenty of food to go around in the lounge. Virgin Atlantic set up the space like a deli, so you can pick and choose what you want and they'll slice and plate it for you. You can arrange space at the long kitchen table in the middle, or grab an open booth along the wall that wraps around the lounge. There are outlets throughout so you charge all your electronics pre-flight.
You won't go hungry or thirsty while you wait for your flight. Virgin Atlantic has a stocked wine bar, liquor cart, beer wall and even a dessert pantry, all free of charge for Upper Class ticket-holders.
The Upper Class Cabin:
Virgin Atlantic redesigned their Upper Class suite and offerings for the new fleet of Airbus A330s, making flying just a little more fabulous.
The upper class cabin is made up of individual "pods" so each traveler can enjoy some privacy while in-flight. Each seat has its own touchscreen TV and handset, outlets for electronics, flip-down cocktail table, adjustable reading light, personal headsets and a personal storage compartment. The setas recline to a lazy-boy level, or can be turned into a bed if you want to sleep. Each of the international A330 aircraft also have the AeroMobile system installed, so you can make and receive phone calls and send texts from your cell. (I tried this, and quickly learned that phones registered in America won't get the AeroMobile signal. This feature hasn't been approved by American cellphone carriers, yet.)
If you aren't ready to make the leap to Upper Class, Virgin Atlantic also redesigned its Premium Economy cabin. On the A330, there are 59 Premium Economy seats, all featuring a touch screen inflight entertainment system and plenty of outlets to plug in any electronic. You won't get the lie-flat seats, but you'll still get plenty of leg room and seat width so you can enjoy a nice recline.
You can check out more in-flight amenities with Virgin Atlantic here.
*Upper Class upgrade and Virgin Atlantic Lounge access was provided by Virgin Atlantic
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