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Virgin Atlantic Best Seats – Premium edition

November 12, 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 Premium cabin, also known as Premium Economy. 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 Premium Layout - Upper Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Layout – Upper Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Layout - Main Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Layout – Main Deck

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.

It’s rare that I recommend the upstairs Premium cabin to anyone flying on the 747. It is more exclusive, and it is quieter, which is why I recommend it for sleep, but it has an Economy Cabin behind it, meaning those in Premium on the Upper deck will not have a quick exit, so it comes with a fair caveat.

Premium on the 747 does not have the wander wall feature like the A330-300 or the 787-9 unfortunately. It’s also the largest premium cabin in the fleet and one of only two (the other being the A350) that has a 2x4x2 seating layout on the main deck.

Best seats for sleep – 20-24A/C/H/K

Best seats for couples – 20-24A/C/H/K

Best seats for a quick exit – 19C 19D

Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Cabin Interior - Upper Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Cabin Interior – Upper Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Cabin Interior - Main Deck
Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Cabin Interior – Main Deck

787-9

Virgin Atlantic 747 Premium Layout
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Layout

The 787 Dreamliner was Virgin’s newest Premium cabin, until the A350-1000 arrived. The Premium cabin features slightly slimmer seats than some of the other versions of the Premium seat, but does offer nice touch screens for in-flight entertainment and a wander wall, which is essentially a help yourself snack area in the galley.

One of the downsides of the Premium cabin on the 787 is that the bassinets are the front of the cabin (row 21) and the Economy cabin to the rear, has bassinets at the front as well, meaning you’re potentially sandwiched between 2 sets of babies. There are only two bassinets at the front of the Economy cabin, which is why I recommend the rear of the Premium cabin for sleepers, who also benefit from no guilt recline.

The bulkhead row, 21, cannot be selected online due to the bassinet positions and can only be assigned at the airport, so be nice to the check in staff if you want those seats!

Best seats for sleep – 25A/C

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

Best seats for a quick exit – 21A/C/D

Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Cabin Interior

A330-200

Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Premium Layout
Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Premium Layout

The A330-200 only entered the fleet recently. It has a different Premium product to the other aircraft currently flying, owing to the fact that these aircraft were acquired from the defunct Air Berlin and Virgin needed to get them flying quickly due to issues with aircraft availability.

Best seats for sleep – Any A/C or H/K

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

Best seats for a quick exit – 14A/C/D

Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Premium Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Premium Cabin Interior

A330-300

Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Premium Layout
Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Premium Layout

The nice thing about the A330-300 over the -200 variant is that it has been a staple of Virgins fleet for quite a while and has an almost identical Premium cabin to the 787-9 with the exception of the additional row of two seats towards the front left of the cabin. These seats are closer to the galley but offer additional privacy.

As such, my seating choices for this aircraft are almost the same as the 787.

The bulkhead row, 19/20, cannot be selected online due to the bassinet positions and can only be assigned at the airport, so be nice to the check in staff if you want those seats!

Best seats for sleep – 25A/C

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

Best seats for a quick exit – 19A/C or 20D

Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Premium Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Premium Cabin Interior

A340-600

Virgin Atlantic A340 Premium Layout
Virgin Atlantic A340 Premium Layout

The A340-600 has the oldest cabin in the fleet, owing to the fact that the 747’s had a cabin refit. It doesn’t have much of its life left but is still flying. I rate Premium on the A340 the worst in the fleet, mainly due to the old In-Flight Entertainment, but the seats themselves aren’t bad. Premium on the A340 does not have the wander wall feature like the A330-300 or the 787-9 unfortunately.

There are only two bassinets at the front of the Economy cabin, which is why I recommend the rear of the Premium cabin for sleepers, who also benefit from no guilt recline.

Best seats for sleep – 22A/C

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

Best seats for a quick exit – 18A/C/D

A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic A350 Premium Layout
Virgin Atlantic A350 Premium Layout

The A350 is the newest addition to the fleet, featuring 56 newly designed Premium 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. My main dislike about the A350 Premium cabin is that it is a 2x4x2 seating layout, whereas the rest of the fleet (excluding the 747) are 2x3x2 layout.

Best seats for sleep – 24A/C or 25A/C

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

Best seats for a quick exit – 21A/C

Virgin Atlantic A350 Premium Cabin Interior
Virgin Atlantic A350 Premium Cabin Interior

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