If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll see that EmJay and myself love to travel. When we can, we’re partial to booking business class on flights, if they are available. On our most recent trip we travelled on flight VS-0400 from London Heathrow to Dubai, flying with Virgin Atlantic in business class, which they market as Upper Class. I’ve previously written about our British Airways and Emirates experiences in business class so wanted to give you an insight on Virgin too.
Firstly, depending on what type of upper class ticket you buy, you may be eligible for their chauffeur service too. Our ticket didn’t qualify us for that, but as we were flying from London Heathrow, we were entitled to use the “Upper Class Wing” entrance. So our taxi took us straight there, it was like having our own little entrance to the airport away from the normal departures area. We didn’t have to queue at a check in desk to drop our bags, EmJays mum and dad took a seat on the comfy sofas and our bags were taken by the kind staff. They processed and printed our boarding cards and called for the assistance we’d requested to get EmJays mum through to the lounge.
We walked through our own little security line and then through the duty free shopping area and headed straight to the Virgin Clubhouse lounge. We got to the airport relatively early as we knew we wanted to do a little shopping and enjoy the facilities available in the lounge.
It’s one of the nicest airport lounges myself or EmJay has seen to date. We were greeted and seated by the lovely staff and then went for a wonder. They had a spa, hair salon, restaurant, bar and deli counter. Check out Mickey and Minnie having a little snoop around the lounge too!
We’d read about some of treatments on offer at the spa so I decided to go for it and book something in. Both EmJays parents and myself had haircuts, I also included a conditioning treatment with mine as a little pre holiday treat. There were a few different complimentary treatments too, including a neck tidy or a blow dry and even a 15 minute back neck and shoulder massage.
While we were being pampered, EmJay was sampling the champagne and food the lounge had to offer. They have table service in most areas of the lounge which is a lovely touch. He ordered drinks and settled in for a couple of hours.
There was a full sit down service menu as well as a deli counter which had a range of salads, charcuterie, smoked salmon and cheeses as well as bread and fruit. You went to the counter and requested whatever took your fancy and the kind staff were happy to plate up for you. My favourite was a roasted carrot salad which I ate with some turkey slices.
EmJay and myself ordered some gyoza and chips to nibble on along side our deli counter snacks too. His parents went into the sit down restaurant area and ordered dinner to eat preflight. There were options for everyone and they got an Indian vegetarian thali to share. I think his dad liked it don’t you?
Once it was time to board we walked to our gate with plenty of time and were the first onboard the Airbus 330-300. The seats were comfortable and there was plenty of storage. Cabin crew walked through and offered pre departure champagne, water or orange juice. I requested a glass of champagne.
Once we took off we were given pyjamas as it was a night flight so we both changed and settled in. EmJay’s parents took the opportunity to sleep once we were onboard. The cabin crew came round and converted the seats to beds and laid out a sheet as well as pillow and duvet, it was super cosy!
Before we went to bed though, we ordered our breakfast and ate our on flight dinner. It was lovely as we got to sit together and eat which we’ve not done on a flight before. The food was really tasty and we enjoyed it with a glass of wine.
We were woken by the cabin crew about 90 minutes from landing to have breakfast, I’d ordered porridge alongside chicken sausage, scrambled egg and a toasted muffin. It was nice, but not something I’d be singing from the rooftops about. We enjoyed the coffee and then got ready to start our holidays.
The way home was a very similar experience but felt much better as we were travelling during the day.
We had a full lunch service followed by afternoon tea. I got the soup followed by the chicken salad, I then had cheeses from the trolley instead of having a dessert, it was most definitely the right choice! I love cheese and being able to choose my favourites from the trolley was a really nice touch. Then I got the tart as a snack with my afternoon tea instead of sandwiches. I was a little sad that we didn’t get the full Eric Lanlard experience but I believe this is for flights out of Heathrow rather than coming back.
Overall, we really enjoyed flying Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic, we would definitely do it again given the opportunity! Virgin are only doing this route for another few months before stopping it in early 2019 so if you want to experience it London to Dubai get in quick.
Have you ever flown Virgin Atlantic Upper class? Let me know what you thoughts in the comments below.