Virgin Atlantic has made a number of changes to its inflight dining service, as it gradually resumes more routes across its network this month.
Hot meals are now being offered across all cabins, with economy and premium economy customers getting a choice of three main meals as well as cheese and biscuits and a dessert pot, all served in a “Fly safe, eat well” box. Upper Class passengers also get a choice of three meals, along with a dessert, cheese plate, crackers and ciabatta roll, served on a tray.
A second meal service on day flights from the UK now includes the carrier’s Eric Lanlard afternoon tea offering (with champagne in Upper Class), while on night flights there is a breakfast box with yoghurt, fruit and pastry in economy and premium economy, and a choice of hot breakfast with seasonal fruit selection and pastry in Upper Class.
The inflight alcohol service has also been expanded to include champagne, beer, wine and miniature spirits and mixers in Upper Class, and a choice of beer, wine and miniature spirits and mixers in economy and premium economy.
Special meals are also being reintroduced, with lacto-ovo vegetarian and kosher now available, and vegan, halal, low lactose and gluten friendly following from October 1.
Finally inflight snacks are also being reintroduced, including a selection of sweet and savoury snacks available to Upper Class passengers throughout the flight, the return of the Wander Wall for premium economy customers, and an extra snack for economy customers as part of the upgraded meal box.
Virgin said that in expanding the inflight offering it was “continuing to ensure the services are designed to limit interaction, and the food is enclosed and controlled from preparation in a Covid-safe, monitored environment to the moment it is served”.
As previously reported (although note some of the start dates have since shifted) the carrier is gradually resuming more routes in the coming weeks.
It is currently flying to Hong Kong, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Barbados, Shanghai, Miami and Delhi, with services to Tel Aviv starting on September 6, followed by Lagos on September 10, Atlanta on September 15, and Mumbai on September 16.
From December Virgin will also launch flights from London and Manchester to Pakistan.