On boarding the aircraft, I was invited to turn right which surprised me. I thought I would be going left. I then discovered that V Australia has five rows in Business class. The cabin is split between four rows in front of the main door and one row between that door and the Premium Economy Bar. This Row 5 was where I was spending my flight. And it has to be the best place on the whole plane. After take off the area is screened off so that you are effectively in your own 7 passenger cabin!
The welcome aboard was the best I have ever had on any business class on any airline. The welcome was thorough with a good explanation about the cabin, the seat, bed, entertainment, meals and lavatories. Business Class have access to three lavatories – one of which is a women’s only lavatory (although I was shown inside it when I got a cabin tour!). There are also the two Premium Economy toilets close to hand. Compare that to the seven available in Economy!
There is a personal workstation with laptop power, USB slot and reading light. Business Class In-Flight entertainment has a 30.7cm (12.1 inches) touchscreen Personal TV with a Panasonic Audio and Video on demand (AVOD) system called RED. I have discussed V’s system before.
The 777 has groovy mood lighting that changes from purple to pink to orange over the trip. I love the lighting. In the middle of the night, they even have little stars twinkling overhead! The only disadvantage of it is that every picture of me was too dark so I can’t show you me in my snug seat! I have seen the same lighting on Virgin America. I think Etihad have it. Anyone else?
Now dinner! One word: yum. You can order and eat at any time you want or enjoy meals at the airline’s timing. I chose the airline’s timing.
The serving of the meals was of the same standard as Air New Zealand and Qantas who do this superbly. One of the cute features is that the salt and pepper shakers are in the shape of the Sydney Opera House’s sails!
|Ice cream biscuity dessert– very yum|
After dessert, determined to switch to US time as soon as possible (one of my tricks for avoiding jetlag), I asked the staff to make my bed up while I changed into the V Australia pyjamas. Unlike Qantas, you cannot keep the PJs and V take them back to be washed for a future flight. One friend thought the idea of sharing pyjamas was a bit gross! The amenity kit was very nice and came in an amazing mini suitcase I used to carry my laptop into a few meetings! Sleep came quickly and I slept through the night.
Breakfast was magnificent with a good range of fresh choices.
Unlike my first V Australia flight which pulled up in the middle of nowhere at LAX, this flight rolled into a gate.
We were farewelled by the amazing crew and I was genuinely sorry to leave their friendly company and the comfortable plane- even after 15hours!
My rating: 100% Yes even with the delay – 100%. They nudged ahead of Qantas and Air New Zealand*
Got an opportunity to fly V Australia? Do it! They stack up in every class! Tomorrow I compare the business class offerrings on the Pacific sector.