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What’s on Virgin Atlantic’s New Winter Menu?

The new menu, purposely crafted for the upcoming autumn/winter, includes cozy vegetarian and plant-based options for all cabins

by Rachel Dube

October 31, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

As an ode to the crisp fall days and autumnal evenings ahead, Virgin Atlantic has launched a new autumn/winter menu just like it did this year during spring. It will feature a bevy of cozy options and include vegetarian and plant-based options across all its cabins. 

“We’re delighted to introduce our new onboard menu, marking the return of the season that makes our customers crave some winter sun,” explains Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic. “At Virgin Atlantic, we’re always looking to create memorable moments onboard, which is why we strive to offer an unmatched, contemporary, and extensive selection of dishes across our cabins.” 

Upper Class and Premium Menu Additions 

With a balance of British favorites and world flavors, the most notable updates come to the Upper Class Cabin. On the menu, customers can expect options such as a Stilton and walnut salad with bacon and date relish and a grilled barbecue chicken with corn mac and cheese.

The new menu will also feature an increased focus on vegetarian and plant-based meal choices with menu items like a golden beetroot tartare with candy beets and a creamy shitake mushroom soup. 

Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

In addition to the new menu items, a new A La Carte breakfast menu is being debuted in the Upper Class cabin. It allows customers to ‘build their breakfast’ with yogurt, fresh fruit, warm pastries, and various cereals, including artisan granola. 

The carrier is also launching new well-being drinks, including Real sparkling ta, Perfect Ted matcha, and Lo Bros kombucha. Recent additions to the wine options include a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Villa Borghetti Valpolicella Classico, and a Côtes du Rhône Rosé. 

Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

Premium Customers will have some new options, too, with new menu items including chicken lasagne, sage, and thyme pork stew, and panko-coated tofu with katsu vegetable curry. The service will also now have a new British cheese plate. 

Economy Updates 

Aside from the new menu updates, Virgin Atlantic is also adding a new feature for economy passengers. The carrier will now allow Economy Delight passengers to pre-order their entrees ahead of their flight. This feature is already available for the Premium and Upper Class Cabins. 

Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

Like the other cabins, the Economy class will also get menu upgrades. Some onboard options include a chicken, leek, and tarragon casserole, a creamy spinach and butternut pasta, and a Pots & Co plant-based chocolate pot. 

The First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Operated Flight 

Next month, Virgin Atlantic is set to make history by operating the first transatlantic flight fueled entirely by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight is set to depart from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and land at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on November 28, 2023. 

Photo: Courtesy of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Currently, the airline and Rolls-Royce have conducted a successful ground test of the fuel using a Trent 100 engine. It will be operated using a Boeing 787 aircraft, but instead of traditional jet fuel, the flight will run on a 100% SAF blend.