When we went to San Francisco, Erica and I flew out of Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Virgin America to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the latest offering from Richard Branson’s empire. Like the return flight, the flight out was on a new A320.
Walking into the plane we immediately notice the mood lighting and ambient music which elicited little more than a shrug. Whatever. Each seat had its own screen with TV, music and instant messaging. I skipped the IM, but watched some TV, when the satellite feed could be picked up, until I got tired of hearing about The Mitchell Report on ESPN. Thankfully, by that time the clouds finally parted and I could look out the window. From Illinois to Nevada, the ground was snow-covered. I also listened to some tunes by Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and others. Not too bad. We could also order snacks and drinks via the touchscreen; no cash transactions on Virgin America. Typical freebies like soda were free on Virgin America as well.
The return flight, a red-eye, was more of the same, though the TVs were not able to get much this time either. Not a big deal since I slept through most of the flight. The flight attendants were a little too loud with their chatting for a red-eye though.
Overall, we were satisfied with Virgin America and would fly them again. We departed and arrived on time and our luggage arrived the same time we did. Roundtrip for the two of us came in at under $600.