Virgin Atlantic Boeing B787 900 seat review by Don Baines #35372

4 of 5
FromLondon - London Heathrow (LHR)
ToSeattle, WA - Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)
Detailed ratings
Legroom4 of 5
Seat width4 of 5
Seat recline4 of 5
Entertainment4 of 5
Food & drink4 of 5
Service5 of 5
I am a fairly fit 74 year-old, but have two medical conditions which make long haul flying uncomfortable - a replacement hip (necessitated by injury, not arthritis) and a delicate bladder, caused by radiotherapy following cancer surgery. I was pleased to find aisle seat 24C in premium economy, which enabled me to fully stretch and flex my right leg, and also to leave my seat and walk in the aisle from time to time without inconveniencing the person sat next to me. I also appreciated the proximity to the toilets - a necessity for me on a ten hour flight. The seat itself was fine for both width and legroom (I am 5 foot 10 and 15 stone), though the seat padding was a tad thin. I always travel with a fleece which when folded and placed on the seat solved the problem. On the return overnight flight, in seat 23C, the passenger in front kept his seat at full recline most of the way. I had to recline mine, though I am able to sleep in a sitting position if necessary. Squeezing out of my seat during the night was not easy, even when I fully reclined my seat (carefully, so to not awake the passenger behind). I don't know the answer to this. I was just grateful I had an aisle seat, and didn't have to squeeze past one or more other reclined seats. The cabin service was excellent, with warm and friendly staff. I can't drink caffeine (tea or coffee) because of my delicate bladder, but was always brought peppermint tea freshly made in the galley. All meals on both flights were good - a well-balanced menu. I would certainly fly Virgin Atlantic premium economy again - it is well worth the extra for peace of mind and comfort.
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