• Virgin Australia serves up new business class meals

    Virgin Australia reveals its new international business class menu today on flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. Travellers on Virgin's flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles will see dishes including moroccan spiced braised lamb with couscous, preserved lemon, alm...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2014 6 Comments

  • Luke Mangan explains which food works best in the sky

    Many airlines have joined forces with famous chefs to try to upgrade up their in-flight food: think of Qantas and Neil Perry, British Airways and Heston Blumenthal, and Joel Robuchon's work with Air France. One of the most recent chef-airline alliances is Luke Mangan's role as consulting ch...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2012 2 Comments

  • Spirits back on Virgin Australia drink carts

    Spirits will once again be served on Virgin Australia flights, after the airline reversed an unpopular decision to remove them from drink trolleys. The change had not been popular with Australian Business Traveller frequent flyers, with comments including "No spirits after August 11th. All in li...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: who has the best business lounge breakfast?

    With over two million Australians each year criss-crossing the country on business flights it's little wonder that Qantas and Virgin Australia are busy spruiking their business lounges and superchef-designed menus by the likes of Neil Perry and Luke Mangan. So when you’re off on another mo...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia lounge upgrades: new Luke Mangan menu

    Virgin Australia has rolled out its upgraded lounge menu, with award-winning Aussie chef Luke Mangan challenging Qantas consulting chef Neil Perry in a Masterchef-style contest for Australia's airline business lounges. So what's new? It's not a total overhaul – many of the staples rem...

    POSTED 20 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia reveals new Luke Mangan meals for airport lounges

    Update: We now have a rundown plus pics of the new Luke Mangan food, wine and snacks at Virgin Australia lounges. In Brief: Virgin Australia today launched an all-new selection of meals and wines designed by Aussie masterchef Luke Mangan at its airport lounges in Sydney, Canberra, Adel...

    POSTED 19 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia readies all-new airport lounges for Melbourne and Brisbane

    Update: Australian Business Traveller can now confirm that both the Melbourne and Brisbane lounges will feature a dedicated 'priority access' security lane, along similar lines to the 'fast track' system that Virgin recently introduced at Sydney Airport. Previous: Virgin Aust...

    POSTED 5 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue criticised over gluten-free meals in new inflight menu

    Virgin Blue’s new inflight menu created by Australian chef Luke Mangan has been criticised by travellers over a lack of gluten-free meal options for coeliac sufferers and those with wheat allergies. The menu itself is also coming under fire for not providing information on which ...

    POSTED 11 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Gallery: Virgin Blue's new inflight meals by Luke Mangan

    Last week the flying foodies of Australian Business Traveller broke the news that Virgin Blue had hired Australian chef Luke Mangan to overhaul its inflight menu. Now we're pleased to bring you the first look at Mangan's Virgin Blue economy class menu and some of the dishes themselves,...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Blue signs Luke Mangan for inflight meals "that travellers actually want to buy

    Update As tipped by Australian Business Traveller last week, Virgin Blue has hired Australian chef Luke Mangan to overhaul its inflight menu. Mangan’s meals will initially be offered in economy class – and yes, you’ll still have to pay for them – but the menu will now in...

    POSTED 9 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Emirates wins best airline food award

    The best food in the sky is to be found on Emirates, with Australian airlines nowhere to be seen in the top ten.  However, the list does contain airlines familiar in our skies: Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, Malaysia, Thai and Etihad are all in the top ten. The absence of Qantas and Virgin Bl...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2011 1 Comment


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