Updated Virgin lounge access at LAX

With Air New Zealand moving to a different Los Angeles Airport terminal, starting from 03 December 2014 Virgin Atlantic Upper Class customers and Flying Club Gold members can enjoy exclusive access to the Virgin America Loft lounge.

Set at the airport’s Terminal 3, the Loft lounge is conveniently located only 10 minutes from the airline’s check-in area at Terminal 2. As part of the service customers will also be taken to their boarding area by bus as the departure time approaches.

To enjoy the facility passengers will have to make sure they arrive for check in at least 90 minutes prior to their flight.

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Find out more about Virgin Boeing 787 Dreamliner

With the inaugural B787 Dreamliner service to Atlanta completed on 23 October 2014, passengers can now enjoy a new enhanced long haul flying experience on board the airline’s newest aircraft.

Thanks to onboard wi-fi being available across all cabin types, passengers can stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via e-mail and text messaging as well as browse the internet to pass the time during their long haul flight.

Passengers can also turn their flight into a more social experience with introduction of the Wander Wall space in Premium Economy, providing a great place to meet other passengers, grab a snack or simply relax. In the meantime, Upper Class customers can enjoy themselves with a drink at the cabin’s own improved bar facilities as well as take advantage of such new onboard experiences as wine tasting.

Virgin Atlantic’s new B787 Dreamliner currently operates on the airline’s route between London Heathrow and Boston. In the future the airline is also planning to introduce the aircraft on services from London Heathrow to Washington, Newark and New York JFK

More innovations on board new B787 from Virgin Atlantic

Passengers due to travel on board Virgin Atlantic’s new B787 are to enjoy even more onboard entertainment options with the introduction of new features across all cabin types.

Passengers travelling on the B787 will have an opportunity to take advantage of the airline’s new app which will allow passengers to share their experience, location and update social media accounts during their flight as well as take the perfect onboard “selfie” with the future introduction of “selfie hotspots” in all cabins.

Customers will be able to use the app by connecting to Virgin Atlantic’s onboard wi-fi service which is now available for £14.99 for the whole flight. As part of the innovations, the airline also equipped all seats with USB ports and installed a 24-inch touchscreen monitor in the Upper Class cabin. In addition, the B787 is set to offer customers a new in-flight entertainment system, providing over 400 hours of films, audio, games and more.

Virgin Upper Class to serve dishes created by Lorraine Pascale

Starting from 28 October 2014, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers travelling on services departing from the UK will be able to enjoy a range of dishes created by celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale.

The new menu will be introduced on the airline’s inaugural B787-9 flight to Atlanta on 23 October 2014 and will feature such meals as Thai beef salad, salmon and lentils with chorizo and more as well as menu options for children.

Find out more about Virgin LAX Clubhouse

Set to open in spring 2015, the new Virgin Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport will offer customers an opportunity to benefit from spectacular scenery, unique design and more.

According to Virgin Atlantic, the airline’s 11th Clubhouse will feature pieces by both California-based and British artists. The 4,000 sqm facility will also be overlooking the Hollywood Hills providing the perfect pre-flight atmosphere.

As for the dining options, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of west coast inspired cuisine as well as a variety of cocktails and healthy juices.

Airlines Response to Malaysian Airlines Crash

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On Thursday, 17 July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was travelling on one of the busiest corridors in the world, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine. The initial report suggests that the airplane was shot down by a ground missile. Many airlines that travel the same path, including Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, KLM and Transaero, have already announced that they will avoid that path. Emirates Airlines has cancelled flights to Kiev starting 01 August 2014. Also, US Federal Aviation Agency has prohibited all US flights over Easter Ukraine until further notice.

Virgin to offer flights to USA from Belfast and Glasgow

Good news for Virgin Atlantic customers travelling from Scotland and Ireland, as in 2015 the airline will be offering seasonal flights to USA from Glasgow and Belfast as part of its codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines.

The Belfast to Orlando service will commence on 25 June 2015 and will be available to Virgin customers between in June and July 2015. Flights from Glasgow to Las Vegas are set to launch on 10 September 2015, operating in September and October 2015.

Both routes will be serviced by a B747-400 aircraft, providing 375 Economy, 66 Premium Economy and 14 Upper Class (Business) seats.

Virgin announces inaugural Dreamliner service to Boston

As Virgin Atlantic celebrated its 30th birthday on 22 June 2014, the airline also unveiled that passengers travelling between London Heathrow and Boston will be the first to experience flying on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The new service is set to launch on 28 October 2014 and will be available six times a week. In the future the airline is also planning to introduce the new Dreamliner on routes between London Heathrow and Washington, Newark and New York JFK.

With the carrier’s first Dreamliner to be delivered in late September, Virgin Atlantic will be the first European airline to use the larger B787-9 version of the aircraft.