New York JFK to London LHR: Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Review

Virgin Atlantic Economy Class JFK to LHR Review

The first stop on my trip to Europe was visiting family in London. I’ve taken several trips across the Atlantic, but this was my first to the U.K. and flying with Virgin Atlantic. With the popularity of low-cost carriers going to Europe from the East Coast, I didn’t want to spend a lot and this flight fit my budget. It was an added bonus that I didn’t have to pay extra for luggage and food. A text from my friend and poll via Instagram stories prompted this post so if you’re planning to fly from NYC to London and not sure which airline to choose, keep reading my Virgin Atlantic economy Class review.

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  • Scheduled: 21:30 (02:30 UTC) – 09:30 (09:30 UTC)4
  • Duration: 7h 0m
  • Actual: 22:22 (03:22 UTC) Departed 52 min delayed 10:19 (10:19 UTC) Landed  49 min delayed
  • Duration: 7h 49m

Check-In and Boarding with Virgin Atlantic

A benefit for traveling out of JFK is taking the LIRR or bus to the air train that stops at each terminal. Virgin Atlantic is a partner with Delta and flies from JFK Terminal 4. Taking advantage of being a SkyMiles member, I was eligible to receive points for this flight. 24 hours before departure I checked in online, picked my seat and added my boarding pass to my phone for use at security and boarding. I just had a carry-on so I went right to the TSA Pre-Check line for security.

Boarding surprisingly went well. I’m used to long lines and disorganization from passengers, but each passenger boarded when their row was called. My seat was 46H and there was more than enough space to load my carry-on in the overhead compartment. Besides using the restroom (which was clean), I only got up to walk around when my seatmates decided to do the same.

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Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Seating

The Virgin Atlantic economy seats were comfortable and there was plenty of legroom. I was able to stretch my legs on occasion without touching the footrest.

Food Provided for Virgin Atlantic Economy Class

The attendants started cabin service by bringing us landing cards, menus, and hot towels. I requested some water to go along with the sour cream and chive flavored pretzels we were given.

Virgin Atlantic Snack

Here is a photo of the Virgin Atlantic economy menu from my flight from NYC to London.

Virgin Atlantic Economy class menu

I chose the mushroom farfalle bake as my main course and it included a mini bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. The meal also came with a bottle of water, white cheddar cheese, and bread. After meal service, flight attendants came around offering tea, coffee, and water.

Virgin Atlantic Economy Dinner

About an hour before landing we received a yogurt with granola, orange juice and a choice of coffee or tea for breakfast. I didn’t have any orange juice, but I did have the yogurt with some hot tea and it filled me up until I got picked up by my aunt and uncle at the airport.

Breakfast on Virgin Atlantic Economy

Virgin Atlantic Economy Class In-Flight Entertainment

The cabin for Virgin Atlantic economy seats had a 3-3-3 arrangement with each seat having its own entertainment screen. At the seat was an included headphones, blanket, and pillow set. I was very impressed by Virgin Atlantic’s in-flight entertainment selection on this flight. In addition to showing flight information and movies, there were TV shows, music, and games. There was also a special section dedicated to kids. Since I worked my full 9-5 shift and just came home to shower and get my luggage, I thought I’d be knocked out on the flight. Unfortunately, I did not sleep and instead caught up on movies like Thor: Ragnarok, Marshall, Dunkirk, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of Apes.

Overall Experience Flying Virgin Atlantic Economy Class

The flight was slightly delayed, but after a little over 7 hours, we finally landed in London. As a first time flier on their airline, the experience flying Virgin Atlantic Economy Class was impressive. The attendants were friendly and helpful when needed, I enjoyed my meals and due to my insomnia, the in-flight entertainment was perfect.

Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Review

And that is my full Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Review! Have you flown to Europe on Virgin Atlantic before?

26 thoughts on “New York JFK to London LHR: Virgin Atlantic Economy Class Review

  1. Jen at The Places We Live

    Thank you for the review. I have never flown with Virgin, but have heard a lot of good things. That menu looked awesome! (I’m always weirdly excited about airplane food). Thanks again for the post!


  2. Linda de Beer

    A 7-hour flight in economy class may not sound long, but it’s the overall experience that makes or break it. I’m glad you had no problems with seating arrangements and service on your Virgin Atlantic flight to London, even though you didn’t get any sleep in. At least there were the movies to watch.


    1. Joanna E

      Yes! I’ve taken 15 hours in Economy before and wish I was home already.


  3. Liz

    Thanks for your detailed review. I have never flown Virgin but I heard a lot of good things about it. It sounds like a smooth flight (except for the delay 😉 ).


  4. Soujanya Rai

    It’s such a detailed review! Keep such posts coming 🙂


  5. xxvallixxl

    I really enjoyed reading your article because I always wondered how it is to fly Virgin Atlantic. For one reason or another I never flew with this airline but it sounds like a great experience -despite the slight delay 🙂


  6. Toni

    I have actually done a Virgin Atlantic flight to LA, it was pretty good. But 12 hours. But for an aussie its pretty standard haha. I do love the ambiance of Virgin planes though…they have the best lighting set up. Great review!


    1. Joanna E

      Thanks Toni! I think I’d sleep on a 12 hour flight. I think I was too excited to fall asleep


  7. Shutterbug Sage

    The menu idea is cute! I usually pre-order a vegetarian meal on international flights and am used to hearing the flight attendants simply ask each passenger, “chicken or beef?” without any more details.


    1. Joanna E

      I thought the menu was cute too! My seat mates were vegan and their meal looked good too


  8. Anuradha Goyal

    I have never flown Virgin Atlantic but based on your review I think I would be very comfortable taking it as and when the opportunity presents. I am glad to hear that they have vegetarian and vegan options – it is usually a tough call for us.


  9. Jessica

    I don’t think I have ever flew Virgin airlines before but I always find these reviews super helpful. I’m not super choosy about what airlines I go through, but it is good to know which ones to avoid and which are the good ones. Over time I have learned to be a bit more discerning! lol


  10. NieNie

    I haven’t flown with Virgina Airlines, but their menu looks appetizing. I hate airplane food but the menu definitely looks like something I would want to eat or at least try.


  11. Mitali

    I have never flown by Virgin yet… but your article provees it can be a good option to consider.. thank you for the information


  12. The Roaming Flamingo

    Thanks for writing a post like this! I am based in London and really want to make it across to NYC and this has def convinced me who to fly with! I do like how Virgin are that bit different!


  13. Daria

    Love this. I’ve never flown Virgin Airlines, but based on your review I can see it in the near future. Thanks for sharing…


  14. Jay Colby

    Great review I’ve never flown Virgin but I might look into it now. Their menu looks amazing!


  15. Ola

    Thanks for this review. I have been wanting to try this airline as I’ve heard lots of good things about it. How nice to see an airline that Still serves hot food!


  16. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    I’ve never flown Virgin Atlantic, but I’ve only heard positive reviews. I’m a native NY-er so it’s good to know that it’s an option if I ever fly from New York.


  17. Lovely Leslie

    I have never flown Virgin Atlantic just because of proximity. Nice to read your review in the event I do book with them.


  18. Kita

    I’ve never been on a plane. I have heard great things about Virgin Atlantic so will definitely fly them when the opportunity comes up.


  19. terrihugg

    I’ve always heard great things about Virgin, but they seem to have flights that work with my itinerary. I can’t get over the food offered!


  20. cleverlychanging

    I enjoy flying, but I’ve never flown Virgin airlines. I would be very willing to fly them after reading your post.


  21. Mimi Green

    I have never, but I need to. They know how to treat their passengers and I like that. I’ve yet to travel internationally but it’s on my list of things to do.


  22. Toni

    Ive never flown Virgin, or that long. I think I’d have a fit with anything that long. Glad you had a safe trip with no hassle.


  23. Monique

    Glad you had a good experience. I like the Virgin line for air travel. I flew Virgin Australia economy class from L.A. to Sydney a few months ago and was very happy with it.


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