Flight Review: Onboard Virgin Atlantic Flight VS007. London Heathrow to Los Angeles




Date: Wednesday 19th December 2012
Airline: Virgin Atlantic
Flight No: VS007
Aircraft: Boeing 747-4Q8
Aircraft Name: “Lady Penelope”
Aircraft Reg No: G-VFAB
Serial number: 24958 LN:1028
First flight date: 14/04/1994
Delivery date: 28/04/1994
Seat No: 52K
Departure Airport: London Heathrow, England, UK
Depature Gate No: Terminal 3, Gate 16
Departure Runway: 9R
Arrival Airport: Los Angeles, California, USA
Arrival Gate No: Terminal 2, Gate 25
Arrival Runway: 24R
Gate Departure Time: 12:38pm GMT
Take-off Time: 1:10pm GMT
Arrival Time: 3:28pm PST
Gate Arrival Time: 3:44pm PST
Flight Duration: 10 hrs 18 mins

0:09 – Boarding Pass E-ticket.
0:20 – View over the Apron from Gate 316. Includes welcome announcement from the Captain.
0:49 – taxiing to the Runway.
1:01 – Taxiing past Terminal 5.
1:36 – Returned to Terminal 3 due to a passenger too ill to fly.
1:57 – Taxiing to the Runway.
2:49 – Taxiing onto Runway 9R.
4:05 – Take-off with great views over Terminal 4.
4:37 – The Blenheim Centre, Hounslow, Kew, River Thames, Old Oak Common Railway Depot and Willesden. Includes welcome announcement from the Flight Service Manager.
5:24 – Ascending through the clouds and close up of the wing.
5:50 – Working the newly updated In Flight Entertainment System – “Vera”.
6:09 – Flight stats and route map.
7:21 – In flight food menu.
7:37 – My apple juice and water from the complimentary beverage service.
8:22 – Scattered thick cloud 31,000 ft above the Atlantic Ocean.
8:26 – Flight status.
8:47 – Main meal – minced beef with a herb breadcrumb topping, mixed vegetables and seasoned potatoes.
9:23 – After-meal beverage – cup of coffee and Gu Black Forest Mini Pud.
9:41 – Flight status.
10:09 – Close-up of the GE CF6-80C2B1F engine.
10:35 – Wonderful views of glaciers, mountains and lakes over southern Greenland.
12:01 РNuuk (Godthåb), Greenland and icebergs in the Davis Strait.
13:10 – Off the coast of Canada.
13:25 – Flight status.
13:35 – Snow covered mountains in Nunavut, Canada.
14:22 – Flight status.
14:52 – Snow fields and lakes in Saskatchewan provence.
15:02 – List of movies, TV shows and music onboard the flight.
16:39 – Scenery of Montana.
17:09 – High Tea – mixed cheese and red onion finger sandwich and a “Great British” cupcake – over Utah.
18:08 – Flight status.
18:39 – Salt Lake City, Utah.
19:07 – Turbulence over Utah.
20:06 – Snow covered plains of Utah.
20:53 – Seat-back overview.
21:22 – Flight status.
22:01 – Overhead panel.
22:11 – Nevada scenery.
22:30 – Outskirts of Las Vegas.
23:08 – Downtown Las Vegas and McCarran Airport. Includes flight update from the Captain.
25:01 – Starting descent into Los Angeles. Speed-brakes retracted.
25:20 – Lake Arrowhead.
25:32 – Approaching Los Angeles.
25:56 – Starting final descent.
26:18 – Final approach over the Greater Los Angeles area.
28:27 – Landing on Runway 24R.
29:26 – Taxiing off the Runway.
29:42 – Taxiing to the Terminal.
32:19 – Arrival at Gate 225.

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