Flying can be many things, and if you’re lucky enough to be sitting in the Upper Class cabin of a Virgin Atlantic flight, it can be many wonderful things.
Among them, is now the chance to enjoy a bonafide wine tasting, or cognac tasting, in Virgin Atlantic’s cleverly designed ‘The Booth’, aboard leisure configured Airbus A350’s.
Today marks the beginning of Virgin’s new personalized meal services, and passing time on board flights should be tastier than ever.
Virgin Launches A350 Wine & Cognac Tastings (Chocolate Too)
These planes have a smaller business, or ‘Upper Class’ cabin than the A350’s flying to New York or Los Angeles, but the same excellent ‘Upper Class Suites’. The difference between the two planes, seat count aside is the ‘The Booth’ that replaces ‘The Loft’.
The booth is a smaller and more private space, ideal for individuals or couples and Virgin is adding its iconic touches of fun and amusement to the experience.
Guests on flights featuring ‘The Booth’ will have the opportunity to choose between wine tasting, a cognac and chocolate tasting or a “game” themed cards experience. The experiences can be enjoyed solo, or by small groups and are of course, complimentary.
Flights between London Heathrow and Orlando will be the first to experience the themed opportunities on board, and will be joined later in the year on other routes as more leisure A350’s arrive.
Virgin Atlantic Dining Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels
From warm scones for Eric Lanlard’s afternoon tea to crab cakes, Upper Class dining is now officially back to pre-pandemic levels, or better.
New options include superfood salads for those seeking lighter and more nutrient based options, as well as burgers for those who simply aren’t.
“We always strive to create brilliantly different experiences for our customers and the introduction of The Booth demonstrates this perfectly. We’re famous for our on-board social spaces and The Booth elevates the customer proposition for our leisure travellers to new heights.
“Whether that’s sampling the leading English wines from The Uncommon, sipping Delamain’s signature cognac or simply enjoying a game of rummy at 38,000 feet, we’ve got something on offer to suit every one of our customers’ tastes.” Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operations Officer, Virgin Atlantic
An achari chicken curry will also feature, and GSTP has long been a huge backer of curry as the best in flight meal, due to decreased taste bud sensitivity in the air. You need pop, and a good curry has it.
The Full Upper Class Experience
Virgin Atlantic Upper Class has always been famous for its fun quirks, unique twists and the light hearted nature of the experience. Now, with wine and cognac tastings, that’s quite literally taking things to another altitude.
It’s great to see airlines roll back pandemic era cuts and reintroduce the “little things” which make splurging for a seat in a premium cabin so meaningful and memorable.
I’ve gotta say, I’m now looking forward to my next Upper Class flight.