First class travel on an airplane is about comfort and service. However, no matter how good the service is it means nothing if you are not comfortable. To ensure that its Upper Class passengers are very comfortable, Virgin Atlantic has created the Upper Class Suite which is like having your very own comfort station at 30,000 feet.
The Seat Basics
- At 22", the seat is wider than the first class seats of most other major airlines.
- The seat has an ottoman which doubles as a seat for a guest.
- Every Suite is fitted with laptop power access.
The Bed Basics
- The bed is 79.5" (202 cm) long (82"/208 cm on the upper deck).
- The bed is 33" (84 cm) wide across the shoulder area.
Once your get settled into your Suite, it offers all of the basic services that you would expect as well as some truly unique luxuries. Each Suite has a 10.4 inch TV screen. The Freedom Menu allows you to order food when you are hungry rather than at a predetermined time. Best of all, you can enjoy a pressure point hand massage or hydrating hand treatment while in your Suite. First Class passengers can also book a beauty treatment in the onboard lounge area.
Upper Class Suites are available on all flights to New York (JFK) and San Francisco. The Suite is also available on selected flights to New York (Newark), Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Beauty treatments before and during the flight
Passengers enjoy a comprehensive beauty therapy program, helping you arrive at your destination relaxed. The in-flight beauty therapy became very popular when it was introduced in 1990. Today, the company has a growing team of Inflight Beauty Therapists.
In-flight services include free massages and manicures. You can make an appointment prior to take-off and specify whether you want to be woken up for your treatment if you fall asleep. The beauty treatment takes place in the onboard lounge area. The airline has over 200 in-flight beauty therapists.
There is a unique incentive program called flyingco for small and medium-sized businesses.
Under this program, all of your employees contribute to the same company account which allows your rewards to build up faster.
Once the company accumulates enough points, they can be used towards free flights, lounge passes, hotel stays and more.
The JFK Airport Clubhouse
The Clubhouse at JFK's Terminal 4 measures 7,000 square feet in size and is located right across from the check-in counters. It features large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the terminal and the runway. A waterfall cascades into a 90 foot long reflecting pool that runs along the length of the Clubhouse.
The Clubhouse offers a full menu service as well as snacks, such as sandwiches, drinks or ice cream.
If you are traveling with a laptop, you can connect to the internet using wireless technology for a nominal charge. Alternatively, there are individual booths offering i-Mac computers.
The bar area offers seating for 20 guests and a 42” plasma screen. The cocktail area has four Sony Playstations and a television.
The Clubhouse, open daily from 2:00 pm until 11:30 pm, can accommodate up to 150 passengers.
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Virgin Atlantic Airline Reservations
When making an airline reservation for a Virgin Atlantic flight, you have several options. A great place to get started if you are looking for a deal is the airline's web site www.virgin-atlantic.com. The red $ button will take you to the Special Offers page which range from discounted fares to bonus frequent flier offers.
You can book directly on the web site or call Virgin Atlantic reservations at 800-862-8621 (from the US).
Other reservations options include booking through your travel agent or a web site that sells airline tickets.
If you are not yet a Virgin Flyingclub member, you should sign up - it's free and you'll be able to take advantage of special deals even at the lowest membership level.