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Virgin Atlantic Best Seats – Economy edition

November 14, 2019 | Tips | No Comments

Welcome to a three-part series covering the best seats on the Virgin Atlantic fleet. In this article I will be covering their Economy cabin, specifically the Economy Delight ticket type. Let me start by saying that any use of the word “best” is a little dangerous, because what I think is good, others may not agree with. But the purpose of this article is to point out some of the seats I like and the reasons I like them. You can then make your own choice.

747-400

Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Economy Cabin Layout

The 747-400, soon to be retired from the Virgin fleet, appears mostly on the leisure routes from London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast. It never flies from London Heathrow anymore.

Economy Delight on the 747 starts at row 38, which is an exit row. Exit row seats are great for legroom, but not as wide owing to the fact that the tray tables are in the arm rest, so I would not recommend those. Overall, my usual advice of – take the left hand side seats (A/B/C) – is still relevant here. Left side of a wide body plane like the 747 are almost always off quicker than the right side.

Best seats for sleep – 43A/B/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/B/C combo

Best seats for a quick exit – 39C or row 25/26 A/B/C in Economy classic as that’s right in front of door 2L.

Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Economy Cabin Interior

787-9

Virgin Atlantic 787 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic 787 Economy Cabin Layout

The 787 Dreamliner was Virgin’s newest Economy cabin, until the A350-1000 arrived. I must say, Economy Delight on the 787 is really not far off par with the Premium cabin. It’s a totally different seat, and it’s a 3x3x3 layout, but value for money is great. On day flights, you can take Economy Delight and earn the same miles & points as Premium, but for a hefty price saving. Sure, the seat is not as wide, but the legroom is similar. The food is less premium, but overall it’s a really smart choice to save some cash.  

The bulkhead row, 46, suffers the usual problem of additional legroom, but comes with the caveat of a narrower seat. Personally, I find this bulkhead to be uncomfortable, so I never opt to sit there despite the legroom. Row 51, seats A/B/C is my go to for Economy Delight on the 787 due to guilt free recline.

Best seats for sleep – 48A/B/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/B/C

Best seats for a quick exit – 47C

Virgin Atlantic 787 Economy Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic 787 Economy Cabin Interior

A330-200

Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Economy Cabin Layout

You’re most likely going to find the A330-200 on the Caribbean or leisure routes out of London Gatwick or Manchester.

The A330’s have the benefit of having a 2x4x2 layout in Economy, which means if you can bag an A/C or H/K seat then you either get window or aisle, no middle seat which is good.  

As such, the A/C or H/K seats are the best choice, but there aren’t many to pick from as there’s only two rows on either side and the rest of the Economy Delight seats are between the aisles resulting in a 2x4x2 configuration on the -200 aircraft.

Best seats for sleep – 23A/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/C or H/K combo

Best seats for a quick exit – 22C

A330-300

Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Economy Cabin Layout

The A330’s have the benefit of having a 2x4x2 layout in Economy, which means if you can bag an A/C or H/K seat then you either get window or aisle, no middle seat which is good.  The layout on the -300 aircraft is different to the -200, with Economy Delight rows starting at 49 for the centre and 51 for the outer rows. Personally, I’ll always take the A/C or H/K seats, but there is only one row in the centre, which is row 49 – the bulkhead row. The downside to the bulkhead is that the tray tables are in the arm rests, resulting in narrower seats.

One of the big benefits of the Economy Delight cabin on the A330-300, is that it is towards the middle of the plane, meaning you’re quite far from the bassinet positions, meaning less chance of a crying child in the vicinity of your seat.

Best seats for sleep – 51A/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/C or H/K combo

Best seats for a quick exit – 51C

A340-600

Virgin Atlantic A340-600 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic A340-600 Economy Cabin Layout

Economy Delight on the A340 is an even stranger affair than the A330’s owing to the fact that the Economy Delight product is far newer than the aircraft itself, meaning seats had to be juggled around to reconfigure the aircraft to this newly created sub-product of the Economy class. That means that there are two rows, 33 and 34 in the centre of the cabin and then four rows on the right hand side – 33H/K through 36H/K and then some more seats further towards the back at 53 & 54 A/C/H/K.

Best seats for sleep – 53A/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/C or H/K combo

Best seats for a quick exit – 33D

Virgin Atlantic A340-600 Economy Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic A340-600 Economy Cabin Interior

A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Economy Cabin Layout
Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Economy Cabin Layout

The A350 is the newest addition to the fleet, featuring newly designed Economy seats. This product does not exist on the rest of the fleet at the time of writing. Fortunately, the seating on the A350 seating is fairly consistent and is laid out in a 3x3x3 layout in the Economy cabin. This means it’s not too dissimilar to the 787.  

Best seats for sleep – 54 through 56 A/B/C

Best seats for couples – Any A/B/C or H/J/K combo

Best seats for a quick exit – 54C/D

Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Economy Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic A350-1000 Economy Cabin Interior

 

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