Virgin Ameria Pt II - delta_november
Feb. 5th, 2011
09:33 am - Virgin Ameria Pt II
I flew back to YYZ from SFO on Thursday. Just for kicks I upgraded my ticket to first class, and had seat 1F. Seat 1A had one other passenger, and row 2 was empty.
I came to the surprising conclusion that I prefer row 3, in "Main cabin select" to row 1 in "First class", though both are infinitely preferable to the regular seats.
- Food is free in both rows. In row 3 you can ask for whatever you want, when you want it. In row 1 they bring a hot breakfast shortly after takeoff, and a snack later. It's fancier food (lychee and mango salad!) but there was more than I really wanted and it didn't come at convenient times. Both classes will bring you tea. In row 1 they will put the tea bag in the hot water for you -- in row 3 you must do this yourself.
- In row 3 the table extends from the bulkhead in front of you. The entertainment screen is above this and is active all through the flight. Even with a monster computer on the table, most of the entertainment screen can still be seen. In row 1 the table comes out of the right arm rest while the screen comes out of the left. A big computer cannot be used at the same time as the entertainment system, and the entertainment system cannot be used during takeoff and landing as the screen must be stowed.
- In row 3 there is a mesh pocket on the bulkhead for holding odds and ends. Row 1 has no such pocket.
- Leg room is equal in both.
- The row 1 seat is wider, and is covered in leather instead of cloth. It has 3 powered adjustments, and feels almost like a dentist's chair. There are apparently 3 air cushions that can also be power adjusted, though I couldn't get them to work. There is a button that is supposed to return it to takeoff and landing configuration, but the motors stall if you do this from a full lying configuration. The row 3 seat has a single button for recline, and it works as you would expect.
- Row 1 entitles you to us the washroom at the front of the plane. There's less lineup, but it's still an aircraft washroom. Would it have killed them to have put in marble countertops?
So I don't think I'll fly first class on Virgin America again. I'll hold out for the in-flight hot tub.