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Jake Redman October 29, 2012 7

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Airbus A319

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On October 29, 2012
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Airline: Virgin America
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Row:  1   Seat: D
Class: First


Winglet - Virgin America A319
These colors fly proudly on the wings of a French plane. USA winglets – Virgin America A319.
The Seat:  White leather and warm purple glow welcomes you aboard this ultra-hip Virgin America A319 cabin.  If you lack appreciation for the mod, zen -chic atmosphere then wide first class seats loaded with features might win you over. Width is king here as you’ve got some extra hip-space, typically an inch or more than on comparable aircraft. The recline isn’t full but is pretty generous and you can use the intuitive seat-back controls to position the leg-rest for kicking back and watching the mood lighting change colors. A generous console also creates plenty of space from your neighbor. 
If you’re lucky the massage feature will work with your seat. Mine did not. Regardless, this seat serves up a happiness you won’t find on a regional jet or anyone else’s A319.

That I even got a galley-prepared snack on a sub one-hour flight was nothing short of miraculous. My eyes lit up like those of a kid from the 50’s getting a Lionel train set at Christmas I was so surprised…and hungry. A small sampling of cheeses, hummus and a few other semi-healthy items was followed by a fancy snack-basket service. Good show Virgin America. Hot coffee was waiting for me the very moment I stepped on the airplane…and it was GOOD.
Cheese and Hummus Snack - First Class
Silly flight attendant, this is a domestic flight. You only need to bring me Biscoff Cookies and weak coffee. Deluxe snack aboard 1 hour Virgin America flight.

Summary: Simply, this seat serves up a happiness you won’t find on a regional jet or anyone else’s A319.  If you have the opportunity to fly Virgin America and score the upgrade it will be tough to go back to economy…or another airlines domestic first class product.

Service: To be fair, our flight attendant was only dealing with 2 people in first class on this short hop but his mastery of the cabin was impressive. Not only that but once he made sure that the we were okay up front he was free to help in the main cabin now and then so I imagine things weren’t so bad in economy either.

Rating: 5 hops (of 5)

Strategy:  Space available upgrades are offered at check-in. Best bet is online.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Aidan Mayer-Ahearn on October 29, 2012

    Nice. Do some reviews on Virgin Atlantic and all their cabin products, plus Thai Airways and JAL

  2. Aidan Mayer-Ahearn on October 29, 2012

    Love all the reviews. Try doing Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Qantas, JAL and Thai

  3. Mike on October 30, 2012

    Why can’t Delta have this on their airbus 319/20? Delta has no entertainment what so ever in their 320s

  4. ctoups on December 25, 2012

    I have the choice to fly on either United transcon first or Virgin America first from LAX to JFK. I was wondering which airline is better based on seat, food, service, and lounge?

    • Jake Redman on December 26, 2012

      I could recommend either for different reasons but I’ll give Virgin America the edge if you’re into an updated version of luxury travel. From slick, modern lounges to planes with mood lighting they bring a little extra to the experience. If you’re planning to sleep, the lie-(almost)flat seating in first aboard United’s transcon flights might work better for that.

  5. Matthew Kroch on April 20, 2015

    I’m taking a trip from BOS-LAX in June on Virgin America’s first class. I was wondering; is there a legroom difference between the first class bulkhead and first class “back” seats?Also, which side and row would you say is the best?

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