Virgin Atlantic revamps lounge and inflight dining

17 Oct 2018 by Mark Caswell
New Virgin Atlantic Upper Class dish - charred cod with spicy mango salad and Nam Jim dressing

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a new partnership with Irish food writer and TV host Donal Skehan to revamp its ground and inflight dining

New dishes launch in the carrier’s Upper Class cabins and airport Clubhouses this month, and will be followed by revamped economy and premium economy menus next year.

The so-called “dine with Donal” range has been inspired by global destinations and focuses on “sustainable, fresh ingredients which bring restaurant standard food to the skies”.

Example inflight dishes include aromatic thai vegetable stew with jasmine rice, and charred cod with spicy mango salad and Nam Jim dressing, while Clubhouse guests can enjoy choices including spiced chorizo, fennel and tomato stew, Vietnamese beef and mango salad, and super green omelettes with goats cheese, sun-blushed tomatoes and avocado.

The new dishes follow the launch of a new Upper Class “Mile High Tea” earlier this year, in partnership with master patisserie Eric Landlard.

Former singer Skehan has hosted BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, as well as the channel’s Junior Masterchef, and Follow Donal on the Food Network.

Last month rival carrier British Airways announced plans to use high-end caterer Do&Co on all flights departing Heathrow, and this month confirmed changes to its Club World dining service, with the aim of improving the speed of service.

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