Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class A330 London Heathrow to Dubai

Airline: Virgin Atlantic

Service: Upper Class

Aircraft: Airbus A330

Departure: London, England (LHR) 9:55 PM

Arrival: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB) 9:15 AM +1 Day

Distance: 3,421 miles

After a very brief stay in London and some quality time at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, it was time for Elizabeth and I to continue our journey to Dubai! Since I'd reviewed the entire Virgin Atlantic Upper Class experience last year, I'll keep this one short and sweet.

  ENJOYING SOME COCKTAILS AT THE VIRGIN ATLANTIC CLUBHOUSE

ENJOYING SOME COCKTAILS AT THE VIRGIN ATLANTIC CLUBHOUSE

Boarding for flight VS 400 was called at 8:55 PM for our 9:55 PM departure.

  NEXT STOP: DUBAI

NEXT STOP: DUBAI

Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class Cabin has a total of 22 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT MAP

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT MAP

I love the look and feel of the Upper Class cabin. The British pop music and mood lights create such a hip atmosphere as you board.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS CABIN

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS CABIN

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS CABIN

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS CABIN

Elizabeth and I were seated in 4A & 5A on the left hand side.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

The seats themselves were equipped with reading lights, in-flight entertainment screens, AV/USB plug-ins, remote controls, and 110V outlets under the seat.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS SEAT

Waiting at our seats were Herschel amenity kits, menus, and headphones.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS amenities

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS amenities

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS AMENITIES

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS AMENITIES

The amenity kits had socks, eye shades, a pen, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs, Ritual lip balm, lotion, and eye cream.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS AMENITIES

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS AMENITIES

And the menu offered a nice selection of food and drinks.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dinner menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS drink menu

Virgin Atlantic also offers a build-your-own-breakfast feature on their overnight flights. Just pick out what you'd like and hand it to the flight attendant. It's nice to only have to go through the ordering process once during the flight.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS breakfast menu

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS breakfast menu

As Elizabeth and I got settled in we were offered pre-departure beverages and pajamas.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS champagne

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS champagne

Our plane pushed back from the gate and took off right on schedule.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS

During our climb out I checked the in-flight entertainment and decided to watch Baby Driver. Virgin Atlantic offers a wide variety of entertainment options.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS entertainment

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS entertainment

In classic Virgin Atlantic style, the meal service started with "crisps" AKA chips.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

Next, our tables were set and we were offered a selection from the bread basket. How cool are their airplane salt and pepper shakers?

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS meal service

For my appetizer I chose the tomato and mozzarella carpaccio.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS appetizer

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS appetizer

Since I had chicken on my flight to London, I opted for the fillet steak this time around. The steak was a little overcooked for me, but unfortunately I'm never going to get a medium-rare steak on a plane.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS main course

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS main course

For dessert I had the apple bread and butter "pudding" AKA cake. I always chuckle at the subtle differences in english between the US and England.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dessert

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS dessert

And to top it all off, I said yes to some cheese and crackers after dessert.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS cheese & crackers

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS cheese & crackers

At this point I was fat, sassy and ready for bed. While the flight attendants prepped my bed, I went to the lavatory to change out of my jeans. There are three lavatories in the Upper Class cabin, one at the front and two behind the bar.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS lavatory

I think Virgin Atlantic offers a really nice bed for business class. They have a mattress pad, comforter and multiple pillows. I managed to get roughly four hours of sleep before waking up over Iran.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS bed

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS bed

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS

My breakfast order was served shortly after. The eggs and sausage were okay, but I still wasn't terribly hungry from the night before.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS breakfast

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS breakfast

As we began our descent into Dubai we were offered fast track cards for immigration.

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS fast track immigration

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS fast track immigration

  VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS descending into the uae

VIRGIN ATLANTIC UPPER CLASS descending into the uae

We landed in Dubai at 9:00 AM, a few minutes ahead of schedule.

All-In-All

I love flying Virgin Atlantic Upper Class. Despite their hard product being a little outdated, I still think it's one of the "hippest" cabins in the sky. You factor in the great service with a little British flair and you've got yourself an all around great product. Thanks Virgin Atlantic, I look forward to flying with you again soon!

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