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 - Nuuk (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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