Hello from Bali! I’ve certainly flown the long way here by traveling via Brisbane on Virgin Australia. I’ll use this post to provide my first impressions of Virgin’s 737-800 in business class.
I knew I wouldn’t get the white, plush, deeply-reclining seats that I used to enjoy on Virgin America, but I must admit I was expecting something a bit more comfortable for a journey of more than six hours.
Maybe I was just “over-tired” from the jet lag or wired from my trio of cappuccinos in the lounge, but I found it very hard to get in a comfortable position. Recline was limited and the bulkhead constrained my legroom. Of course please put my comments in perspective…it was certainly better than sitting two rows back in economy class.
After takeoff, a light lunch was served that included a choice of soup or salad followed by a small main course of chicken with pasta or salad, and a dessert of cheese or brownie. I emphasize the or…you only got one of each.
And perhaps you can fault me for not eating the lounge, but I was starving by the time we reached Bali. Virgin even offered a snack basket, so I will accept that only my endless appetite is to blame…
Anyway, for a time I was just twiddling my thumbs on the flight, too tried to work, too jetlagged to sleep. At first I found nothing of interest in the IFE, a Samsung tablet since there are no built-in screens. Then I found a new show that quickly hooked me…HBO’s Big Little Lies, which stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and is filmed in Monterey, California, one of my favorite places in the world. #binge_watch
Honestly, 6.5 hours is a long time to spend onboard a 737-800 that does not have lie-flat seats. With internet down and IFE selection limited. I was happy to bolt that flight by the time we landed in Bali.
This aircraft and seat is perfectly acceptable for domestic and trans-Tasman flights, but I think going to Bali via Hong Kong or Singapore is a much easier and more comfortable endeavor than going via Brisbane when originating in Los Angeles.