Coronavirus update from Virgin Atlantic: Air recirculation systems on their aircraft have HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters which remove dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses and other irritating particles from the air passengers and crew breathe in pressurised cabins. All of the air in the cabin is on average completely changed every 3 minutes. The filters are very effective at removing viruses (testing shows a virus removal efficiency of 99.999%), meaning that they will be retained in the filter.

Cleaning teams are required to complete a rigorous checklist for cabin cleanliness including disinfecting cabin surfaces and areas such as seats, seatback pockets, door handles, tray tables, inflight entertainment screens and floors. All common area surfaces in galleys and lavatories are also disinfected using the same high-grade disinfectant.

Cabin Crew are provided with pre-packaged cleaning supplies to maintain standards during the flight. These kits include gloves, disinfectant and cleaning wipes.

Virgin Atlantic meals are included in the price of your ticket. Irish celebrity chef Donal Skehan has created a range of dishes inspired by destinations, focusing on sustainable, fresh ingredients bringing a real restaurant experience to the skies.

Since October 2018 the new “dine with Donal” dishes will debut in Upper-Class cabins and Clubhouses, followed by Premium and Economy cabins in 2019. In all cabin classes on day flights from the UK, passengers will be served a traditional English afternoon tea service, created by master pâtissier Eric Lanlard.

For economy class passengers, you can expect two meal services on most Virgin Atlantic long haul services. You’ll start with a Welcome Cocktail or beers, wines and spirits, as well as soft drinks. The meal service will include a cold starter, a choice of three main dishes (one will be vegetarian) and will follow with a coffee/tea and dessert service. Before landing an additional meal service is completed.

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The following 16 special meals can be ordered on Virgin Atlantic services you will be required to give a minimum of 24 hours to order these options:

Asian Vegetarian meal, Child meal, Fruit Platter, Gluten-free meal, Jain meal, Low-fat meal, Muslim meal, Vegetarian Lacto Ovo meal, Low Lactose, Baby meal, Diabetic meal, Hindu Meal, Kosher meal, Low salt meal, Vegan meal, Pureed meal.

To book your special meal use the manage my booking function on the airlines’ website right here.

To book your meal or for further information, check with the airline.

Master patissier Eri Lanlard has created a Mile High Tea service for all Virgin Atlantic day flights that depart from the UK. This delicious afternoon tea service is served in all cabin classes as a second meal service before landing.


Passengers are served meals on real china, and meal trays are served along with proper linen. There is also an option to pre-order your meal, see below. There are three main meal choices available to all premium economy class passengers, and the airline even offers a high tea service. Wines are selected by the Master of Wine from Berry Bros & Rudd. For further information on premium economy dining check here.


Virgin Atlantic Pre Select is a pre-order meal service for Upper-Class and Premium Economy class passengers travelling on a confirmed ticket. If you’re flying from Manchester to Barbados, Orlando, Atlanta and New York, and from London Gatwick to Saint Lucia, Barbados, Las Vegas, Antigua, Havana, Orlando, Cancun and Montego Bay you may be eligible.

The Pre Select service allows you to select what you want to eat on your next Virgin Atlantic flight; you must order at least 72 to 24 hours before departure. You will receive an email notification to pre-order your meal, if you do not receive this email, it’s not possible to pre-order.


Upper-class passengers can dine in the clubhouse before departure, allowing them to get to sleep right away once aboard their aircraft. Donal Skehan has also designed clubhouse meals.

Onboard expect welcome Champagne, and at main meal times, a three-course meal served inflight plus a port and cheese offering. You can choose from three meals, of which one will always be vegetarian. On select flights, upper-class passengers can enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea complete with cake stands, finger sandwiches, selection of cakes, and scones with jam and clotted cream. On flights where a hot English breakfast is served passengers can select precisely what they would like on their breakfast plate.

On evening departures an express menu offering is an option which will allow you more time to rest. This service is available on night flights from the East Coast of the USA to the UK.

There’s also an onboard bar available to you during the flight for snacks, sweets, fruit and drinks.

Sample inflight menus for Upper Class can be viewed right here.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.