• Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787 business class seat will be a new design

    Virgin Atlantic is planning a a new business class seat for its Boeing 787s, but it won't be the same as the Upper Class suites which the airline will launch mid-year on its Airbus A350 jets. Instead, travellers on the Dreamliner – and the older Airbus A330s – will see a different se...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • British Airways vs Virgin Atlantic: new business class seats compared

    The battle for British business travellers is well and truly on, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both launching all-new business class seats. Ironically, each will take to the skies in the UK summer on factory-fresh Airbus A350-1000 jets. So how do they compare? Here's our executive su...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 1 Comment

  • Why BA's new business class has a door, but Virgin Atlantic's doesn't

    Now that Britain's two international airlines have revealed their next-generation business class, the most obvious different is how British Airways and Virgin Atlantic each approached the issue of privacy at the pointy end. British Airways' Club Suite sports a sliding door which fully enclo...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 6 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic's A350 Upper Class business class seat revealed

    Yes, Virgin Atlantic's all-new Airbus A350 Upper Class business class seat has a sliding door. But oddly, that door doesn't close all the way to create the same private cocoon as British Airways' new Club Suite (also making an A350 debut mid-year) or the similar door de jour seats of Qatar Airwa...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2019 20 Comments

  • What to expect from Virgin Atlantic’s new Upper Class business class

    Looking for the latest on Virgin Atlantic's all-new Airbus A350 Upper Class business class seat? You'll find our coverage here. PREVIOUS | Virgin Atlantic will pull back the curtain on its new Airbus A350 Upper Class business class seat  on April 8, just three weeks after British Airways ra...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2019 7 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic plans all-new business class for Airbus A350s

    Virgin Atlantic will launch an all-new Upper Class business class seat in mid-2019, going head to head with the next-gen Club World seat of British Airways. Both airlines will debut their latest business class seats on Airbus A350-1000 jets, although Virgin Atlantic is more actively talking up i...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2018 18 Comments

  • Virgin Australia codeshares with Virgin Atlantic for London flights

    Virgin Australia travellers to Hong Kong and Los Angeles will now have the option to continue to London with Virgin Atlantic under a codeshare partnership between the two Branson-backed airlines. Those flights on Virgin Atlantic will also see passengers pick up Velocity frequent flyer points and...

    POSTED 1 May, 2018 12 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic goes full-on British with new afternoon tea service

    Afternoon tea and high tea are decidedly British traditions, even if they're not the same thing. Afternoon tea is, obviously enough. taken in the afternoon, whereas high tea is officially and traditionally enjoyed of an evening – a distinction mostly overlooked these days, especially in te...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2018 7 Comments

  • Using Velocity frequent flyer points to book Virgin Atlantic flights

    A hidden gem of the Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme is being able to book flights with Virgin Australia's sister airline, Virgin Atlantic, especially on journeys between Hong Kong and London. That's because unlike many of Velocity's other airline partners including Etihad Airways and Singapore Ai...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 22 Comments

  • Richard Branson rebrands business class with Love Seats, Corner Suites

    Richard Branson is nothing if not a brilliant marketer, so how does his Virgin Atlantic find make some rather stodgy business class seats sound, well, sexy? That was the challenge faced by the Branson-backed airline when it picked up the lease on five Airbus A330s from failed German carrier Airb...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2018 11 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic looks for codeshare on Virgin Australia's HKG flights

    Virgin Atlantic could plant a virtual foot back into the Australian market under a codeshare agreement on Virgin Australia's Hong Kong flights. The Branson-backed British airline left the local skies in May 2014 when it pulled the plug on Sydney-Hong Kong flights. However, an application m...

    POSTED 22 Dec, 2017 11 Comments

  • Best credit cards for earning Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles

    Compared to Virgin Australia Velocity points, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles aren't as widely collected by Aussie travellers – but for those jetting off from Hong Kong or Shanghai to London with Virgin Atlantic, or regularly zipping between the USA and the UK, they're a handy thing to ha...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • Delta, Air France/KLM and Virgin Atlantic plan 'deeper alliance'

    Delta Air Lines and China Eastern Airlines will each buy 10 percent stakes in Air France-KLM Group as part of a far-reaching plan to forge a deeper alliance. At the same time Air France will take a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic, in which Delta is a major investor. The U.S. and Chinese stakes in A...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Virgin's newest 'airport' lounge is actually on a beach

    Who ever said that a departures lounge had to be an at airport? Certainly not Sir Richard Branson or the Virgin Atlantic team, if the airline's latest 'lounge' is anything to go by. Yes, that's a beach – specifically Brownes Beach in Barbados, where Virgin Atlantic and Virgin H...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic status match to Flying Club Gold, Silver tier

    Virgin Atlantic has rolled out an aggressive status match promotion aimed at snaring top-tier frequent flyers from competing airlines. The deal will give eligible travellers Gold or Silver status in Virgin's Flying Club loyalty scheme, based on their existing status with American AAdva...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9

    While Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Australia, Aussies can still hop aboard the airline's flights to London Heathrow from Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and more – in many cases, served by the modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the latest generation of 'Upper Class' business class suit...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 50,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points are easier to earn than ever before, thanks to partnerships with BP, Coles Flybuys and an array of great credit card sign-up offers: but how could you best spend 50,000 of those hard-earned points? Here's how! 1. Upgrade to business class on Austr...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 4 Comments

  • Richard Branson: no plans for Virgin Atlantic to return to Sydney

    Virgin Atlantic is unlikely to restart flights to Australia, says the superbrand godfather Sir Richard Branson. Branson's brash British Airways challenger axed its Sydney-Hong Kong flights in May 2014 and exited the Australian market, citing "increasing costs and a challengin...

    POSTED 9 Sep, 2015 17 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic unveils new Los Angeles Clubhouse lounge

    Virgin Atlantic has opened its latest Clubhouse lounge at Los Angeles Airport’s Terminal 2, providing a comfortable space to await your flight when bound for London Heathrow. And as an airline partner of Virgin Australia, Velocity Frequent Flyer members could opt for a one-stop journey to ...

    POSTED 1 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • This week

    Want to earn three times as many points when flying in first class with Virgin America, which can then be swapped for free treks from Los Angeles to New York, or even for business class flights on home soil with Virgin Australia? Or, how about double Aquire Points on all Qantas flights through t...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic to wind up UK

    Virgin Atlantic will axe its ‘Little Red’ arm next year, bringing to an end the airline’s soirée into the UK domestic market. Its daily services from London Heathrow to Manchester will run until March 2015, while flights from Heathrow to both Edinburgh and Aberdeen will ...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2014 4 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9 revealed ahead of delivery debut

    Virgin Atlantic's first Boeing 787-9 has broken cover ahead of its delivery later this month to an eagerly-waiting Richard Branson. Caught in the wild on the flight line at Boeing's factory at Everett, north of Seattle, the livery reveals no no dramatic Dreamliner flourishes – it...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2014 15 Comments

  • Friday

    Want to earn double Qantas or Velocity Frequent Flyer points on your travels? You’ll need to register and book this week to be in with a shot, so don’t miss the boat! Speaking of Qantas Points, you’ll soon be able to earn them – and more importantly, earn status credits &...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club: 25% off premium economy awards

    Premium economy award seats on a number of popular Virgin Atlantic routes can now be snagged using 25% fewer Flying Club miles, as can frequent flyer reward seats down the very back in economy. While Virgin Atlantic no longer flies to Sydney, Aussies could still travel to the likes of Hong Kong,...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic axes flights to Japan, India, Canada, South Africa

    Virgin Atlantic is pulling out of Tokyo, Mumbai, Vancouver and Cape Town as the airline repositions itself as a transatlantic  airline flying mainly between the UK and the USA. The Richard Branson-backed airline will boost its transatlantic timetable with a fifth da...

    POSTED 3 Sep, 2014 6 Comments

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