18/07/2012 14:05 | By Rachel Burge, contributor, MSN Travel
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When the caffeine and cake cravings get too much (or you've given up hope that the drinks trolley will EVER reach you), jump the queue and order snacks from your seat.

Virgin America's in-flight entertainment system doesn't just serve up movies and music. With a few taps on a personal screen (and the all-important swipe of your credit card) you can order snacks, delivered to your seat faster than Usain Bolt in a Branson broadband ad.

Be warned though. You can also shop for more than 200 items in the Red Store and with Virgin's 'open tab feature' you only have to reach for your credit card once, no matter how many orders you place. Get carried away and that coffee could end up costing you.

57Comments
19/07/2012 12:04
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I don't know what you people are on about......... Surely the best airline around is Ryanair.

They have such an easy booking process and never try to trip you up, or get you to pay for things you don't want. Their charges are transparent and they never invent costs for taxes you've never heard of. 
Their staff are so friendly and so very understanding, showing you how to save money with your trip.
And to cap it all, their aircraft  are state of the art: huge luxurious seats; and they are going to cut down on those pesky toilets which slow the flight down.  
Breaking news!!!! I've just heard that his eminence O'Leary has introduced another first in cost savings for the traveller....10% reduction for anyone who holds their breath for the entire flight!
19/07/2012 10:07
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I  recently flew to America on Virgin Airlines because they have a reputation for being one of the best - the journey out was excellent - good food, entertainment and helpful cabin crew.  The journey back was awful - I think it was because it was a night flight - the plane was old and uncomfortable, the entertainment minimal and the food was dismal - (we had a biscuit for breakfast), the cabin crew just wanted everyone to sleep!  My friends and I will rethink our next carrier carefully........
06/08/2012 13:54
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My main gripe is kids on 'planes.

 

Bad enough if they are a few rows away but if they are on the row behind, kicking the back of the seat in front,  it's an absolute nightmare. Happened to me a couple of times, yet when I nicely asked the parents to stop their kids kicking  I was told I was a bully,  to be nice, be kind, be patient etc.

 

Anyone know of any airlines that ban kids? Please let me know.

19/07/2012 11:08
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The best ever airline that I flew with regulary take a lot of beating for their excellent check in, cabin crew and In flight service.......sadly they are no more but their memeories linger on.

 

RIP British Caledonian Airways  (BCAL)

19/07/2012 09:07
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Being as i am 6ft 3 i think it is deplorable to penalise me for being too tall, in order to have a comfortable flight i have to buy, yes buy a seat with extra leg room, I certainly don't like or appreciate airlines who have narrower seating, that make the flight even less comfortable, there should be laws against that sort of thing.
19/07/2012 11:26
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We have done a lot of long haul flights and have found Singapore airways very good, the service , food, loads of leg room cant fault them plus stop overs in Singapore are super get well looked after.


19/07/2012 11:25
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AVOID IBERIA.......ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BRAZILIAN. I flew with them afew years ago. They made a mess with my connection flight, then they wanted me to go via USA (and i had to point out to them that i do not have a transit visa, imagine me having to tell them how to do their job). I wanted to get something from my luggage as i being sent to a hotel and they told me that they did not know where my luggage was (yet i could see it in the office immediately behind the person who was dealing with my problem: should i have contacted the police?). eventually they put me on a horrible charter flight which would have cost way less than whoat i paid to fly with them: an old plane, with sandwiches for a meal. In short: thirty hours later i arrived at my destination: 30 hours late!. At least though they were kind enough to say that 'they had found my luggage'.
25/07/2012 11:40
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Try Singapore.Airlines been to Australia several times with them,service  and comfort best I have experienced ever.

19/07/2012 13:51
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Cathay Pacific are phasing out this chair as it was so uncomfortable and un popular!!!
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I enjoyed my trip to NewZeland with Cathay in 2009 and I'll use them again!
19/07/2012 09:11
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YOU CAN'T SQUEEZE A QUART INTO A PINT POT

...BIGGER SEATS,  TAKE UP MORE ROOM   SO THERE WILL BE LESS SEATS,

AND THE FEWER THE SEATS, THE LESS NUMBER OF PAYING PASSENGERS

 

YOU HAVE TO PAY ONE WAY OR ANOTHER 

 

ON SOME AIRLINES THEY HAVE ECON0MY PLUS  AND YOU PAY FOR A LITTLE

EXTRA LEG ROOM.  

 

19/07/2012 10:01
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Is there a repeat button on this forum???

06/08/2012 13:47
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Air New Zealand are brilliant for flights from GB to NZ.

 

However, they have just reduced their luggage allowance so if you're going for longer than 2 weeks I wouldn't recommend them now.

02/08/2012 15:50
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Cathay  Pacific..  is  one  air  line  i  never  did  try  yet....  amazing  really,  i was  taking  70  fights  a  year.....  I  will  try  :).  i  never  did  go to  Hongkong  before  or  China..  

I   drive  around   Euro  these  days...  No  more  easy  jet  if  i can help  it...  
last  fight  i  took  with  easy  jet,  my  bag  HANDLE  was  1  cm   too  long,  £40  mugging..
since  then  many  trips  to  spain  and  swiss..  Drive  :)..  no  baggage   problems,  
and  no  security  problems  either..   always  on  time,  and  no  need  to  listen  to  that  easy jet  staff,  who  all  need take  a  good  lesson  in  manners.  
try  driving  >>  you  will be  surprised  how  good  is it...  if  you  have  a  bit  of  extra  time..
19/07/2012 09:07
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Being as i am 6ft 3 i think it is deplorable to penalise me for being too tall, in order to have a comfortable flight i have to buy, yes buy a seat with extra leg room, I certainly don't like or appreciate airlines who have narrower seating, that make the flight even less comfortable, there should be laws against that sort of thing.
19/07/2012 09:20
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i recently flew with jet 2 very impressed with leg room ,comfotable width seats and still lots of room when meal tray let down, enjoyed the flight.
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Emirates is by far the best that I have used pure class.

Tried Turkish was not very good after you have used Emirates !!!!

02/08/2012 16:08
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just   thinking  on..  I  have  only  ever  missed  2   flights,,  Both  out  of  Stanstead,  both  Ryanair,  
and   i  needed  to  pay  again.. thats  not  really  fair  in  my  opinion.
why  not  just  put  you  on  the  next  flight....   NO  NO ,  Ryanair  can  pick  your  pockets  again.
Not  a  good  way  to  do  business  in  my  opinion...
09/08/2012 08:51
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Twice I have been long haul on KLM on both occasions despite booking 4 months in advance and requesting a bulkhead seat I wsa placed in the middle of everyone . you may think - so what? However I am disabled and have to be lifted into the plane by a fork lift truck arrangement ( no complaints there ,good service and very friendly) , But when on the plane and my crutches are put in the baggage lockers I am stuck .I cannot move even on an end seat for the toilet ( OK on short haul ). The seats I requested - they were given to children.I am due to fly out again in the spring and I really must consider my options
19/07/2012 12:05
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i  used  Turkish  what a  disgrace  the  plane  was  dirty  the  food  was  disgusting   the  staff could hardly  speak  english and  couldnt  be  bothered   to  get  u anything  if  u  needed  it took  them  ages,

never  again  will i  fly  with  them,

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