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Virgin Atlantic Unveils New Autumn/Winter Menu

The airline has introduced some tasty new additions to its inflight menu across Upper Class, Premium, and Economy cabins.

by Fergus Cole

October 12, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has updated its inflight menu for the autumn/winter season, with new food and drink options available across all cabins.

The new menu was introduced on October 5th, and according to Virgin Atlantic, it’s focused on ‘seasonal comfort and destination-inspired dishes.’

When boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight over the next few months, Upper Class customers will be offered the choice of either Hambledon English sparkling wine with British raspberries and sweet rhubarb tonic or Champagne and rosemary truffle artisan crisps.

Updates to the Upper Class menu include new meat, fish, and vegetarian options:

  • Thyme and garlic roasted chicken with dauphinoise potatoes, baby carrots, tender stem broccoli, and peppercorn sauce
  • Miso and sesame-crusted salmon with sweet potato puree, bok choi, and a honey and ginger sauce
  • Mushroom, red wine, and tarragon pie with mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, and herb gravy

On longer flights, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers can order from the ‘Extra Bites’ menu, which also has some brand new additions, including:

  • Cream tea with fudge scones and clotted cream, salted caramel spread, and strawberry jam
  • Gourmet fish goujon hot sandwich with tartare sauce and salted crisps

Passengers in Premium class will also be able to tuck into some newly unveiled dishes, including:

  • Hearty chicken casserole with mustard mash and buttered savoy cabbage
  • Classic shepherd’s pie, vegetables, and creamy mashed potatoes
  • Thai green vegetable curry with steamed jasmine rice

On top of this, Premium passengers will be able to sample a range of new Twinings tea ‘super blends,’ including one that will supposedly help sleep and another that will help digest a meal.

Virgin Atlantic has also updated its pre-order menu, which is available to Upper Class and Premium passengers as long as they make their order between 72 and 24 hours before departure. New dishes include a lamb hotpot with vermicelli rice and seasonal veg and a vegetable korma with green beans, pilau rice, and paratha.

Economy passengers haven’t been left out either, with some tasty-looking new additions to their menu, including:

  • Chicken tikka masala with saffron rice, red quinoa, and green peas
  • Creamy macaroni cheese with a panko and cheese crumb

Of course, any good inflight meal should be accompanied by a refreshing drink, and Virgin Atlantic certainly hasn’t neglected its beverage menu in the latest updates. New additions include:

  • Brooklyn Pilsner and Cobra lager.
  • A selection of new red and white wines.
  • Even a non-alcoholic beer from Lucky Saint.

Finally, all passengers on night flights will be offered a more comprehensive range of hot breakfasts, seasonal fruit, and pastries.

The Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, Corneel Koster, notes that “by creating new dishes and working with new partners, we’re bringing a more personal, unique Virgin Atlantic experience for all our customers during the Autumn/Winter season.”

“Creating magical moments for our customers is what we do best; delighting them from the moment they step on board to when they land at their destination. We will continue to develop our inflight offering as our customers do business, visit family, or seek winter sun for that much-needed holiday.”