Virgin Atlantic has today revealed details of a new spring menu for its Upper Class passengers. In a reversal of the simplification of its food and beverage service due to COVID, the airline is looking towards a return of some of the most popular elements of its Upper Class service.
Looking ahead to brighter skies
Virgin Atlantic is firmly looking ahead to a better future as it works to bring back the most loved elements of its Upper Class service. Having wound back the service in July last year to a bare minimum, in a bid to reduce interactions between crew and passengers, Virgin is now eager to start bringing back the inimitable service long-haul fliers know and love.
Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented,
“We know our customers are missing that magical feeling you get when you step onboard an aircraft, ready to start your travels. Whilst customers may not be able to travel right now, we’re bringing back those little touches, including welcome drinks, hand plated food and more choice of meals, so that first flight after lockdown feels even more special.”
Koster is spot on, and with many of us beginning to tentatively plan travel for later in the year, looking forward to an outstanding menu in Virgin’s premium cabin is set to get the travel bug biting hard. While many of us are still unable to travel now, Virgin is hoping to give us something to look forward to.
Making a welcome return will be elements including a welcome drink on arrival, individually plated hot meals, and even the signature Eric Lanlard Mile High Tea. The airline is keen to stress that all these changes are being undertaken in the most COVID-secure way, with Koster confirming,
“All these additions have been made whilst continuing to uphold some of the most comprehensive health and safety measures in the industry. We were delighted to be awarded Diamond Status by APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying, for our efforts in ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitisation.
“Making sure everyone flies safe and well is a non-negotiable and has been an absolute priority for us since the start of the pandemic. Our commitment is underpinned by robust cleaning measures both in the air and on the ground, our innovative customer experience, the introduction of Covid-19 insurance and the fact that we test our crews before every departure from the UK and our ground teams at least once a week.”
What’s on the menu?
If you’re almost ready to book your next trip with Virgin Atlantic, here’s what you can look forward to in the Upper Class cabin.
On boarding, passengers will once again be treated to a welcome drink, with the usual selection of house cocktails, bubbly or another beverage of the passenger’s choice on hand. After takeoff, more drinks and snacks will be served.
For the first meal, a starter of mozzarella and tomato salad with micro basil will be served with a ciabatta roll and butter on the side. The main meal will be a choice between roasted chicken breast, artichoke tortellini and roast salmon, which will be followed by a choice of desserts.
During the second meal service, passengers can choose between the signature Eric Lanlard Mile High Tea, a deli dish such as chicken terrine or a lighter option like a noodle salad. All are followed with a dessert or fruit.
Finally, breakfast selections include a choice of a full English complete with sausage, turkey bacon, eggs and beans, or a veggie breakfast with omelet and hash browns. For a lighter option, mini apple pancakes with apple cinnamon compote and crème anglaise will be served.
Virgin hasn’t forgotten the passengers further back in the plane either. Those seated in Premium will be treated to a bespoke meal service, which includes three hot meals, dessert and cheese and biscuits. The Eric Lanlard Mile High Tea will be included as one of the meals, and breakfast will be back with a warm pastry, seasonal fruit and yoghurt.
Back in Economy, the Fly Safe, Eat Well meal box remains the option for now. Two hot meals come as standard, one of which can be the Eric Lanlard Mile High Tea. All passengers will have access to wines, beers, liquors and soft drinks throughout their flight.
Are you excited to book a flight with Virgin now that proper service is making a comeback?