NEWS & OFFERS: Virgin Atlantic Ruby specials in lounge and onboard, Double Nectar points and

NEWS & OFFERS: Virgin Atlantic Ruby specials in lounge and onboard, Double Nectar points and

NEWS & OFFERS: Virgin Atlantic Ruby specials in lounge and onboard, Double Nectar points and

Virgin Atlantic Ruby specials in lounge and onboard

Forty years ago on 22nd June 1984, Virgin Atlantic carried its first customers from London to New York and will be celebrating its Ruby anniversary with treats for its customers to enjoy in June. A unique 40th birthday logo will appear across new products in June, inspired by the bold stripe on Virgin Atlantic’s first aircraft, Maiden Voyager.

It all starts with Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning flagship London Heathrow Clubhouse, which first opened its doors in 2006. A special 40th birthday beer will be available only at the London Heathrow Clubhouse from 1st June and beyond; the beer is a pale ale brewed in Wimbledon with English Maris Otter and Cara malt.

Across all the Clubhouses, a new cocktail will be available from 1st June, named Maiden Voyager, the same name given to Virgin Atlantic’s first plane that flew between London Gatwick and Newark in 1984. Maiden Voyager is a modern take on the iconic 80s ‘Woo Woo’ cocktail, including vodka, peach puree, fresh lime, grenadine, egg white and peach bitters. Of course, there has to be a cake for a significant birthday, so a signature 40th birthday cake will be served across Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses; a red velvet sponge with whipped cream and berries. All Clubhouses will add some hit 80s tracks into their playlists to commemorate the birthday celebrations.

Virgin Atlantic is also marking its Ruby anniversary with a display of its cabin crew uniforms from the last four decades. The display will take pride of place in the London Heathrow Clubhouse, showcasing archived uniforms designed by Arabella Pollen, Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, and John Rocha, as well as the current design, honouring the late Vivienne Westwood, which debuted in 2014. 

​The Virgin Redhead signature cocktail is now available onboard in all cabins for the first time, complimentary in Upper Class and for purchase at £5 in Premium and Economy. The delicious drink has long been a favourite in the Clubhouse and is making its onboard debut featuring gin, mixed berries, a twist of lemon and prosecco which will be a permanent addition to the onboard drinks list. 

Virgin Atlantic’s renowned Mile High Afternoon Tea is also getting a ruby makeover.  In Upper Class, alongside a selection of savoury finger sandwiches will be an elderflower & blueberry scone, a lemon and blackcurrant slice of birthday cake with a white chocolate disc and edible flowers, and a raspberry macaron with the airline’s 40th birthday logo topper. Both Upper Class and Premium Mile High Teas will be served alongside a Virgin Redhead. The raspberry macaroon will also be served in Premium, with a lemon and bergamot polenta mini cake. Economy customers will enjoy a glass of English sparkling wine by The Uncommon, with a beetroot swirl mini bagel, warm scone and lemon drizzle birthday cake topped with Funfetti.  

Last but by no means least, the airline has partnered with Bottega to release a limited number of special edition prosecco bottles available in 75cl and 20cl, with a bespoke 40th birthday design. The larger bottles will be available to pre-order through Virgin Atlantic’s Retail Therapy, whereas the smaller bottles will be available for purchase onboard in all cabins from late June.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Chief Experience Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented, “As we gear up to our Ruby anniversary, we are delighted to celebrate this milestone with our loyal customers, in our Clubhouses and onboard. For four decades, we’ve been there for the moments that matter and are committed to giving our customers the very best experience in the skies. 

“In our 40th year, our spirit is stronger than ever and the things that set us apart will keep us ahead. We look forward to the next 40 years as we continue flying to some of the greatest cities on earth, finding new ways to delight our customers with brilliantly different experiences, delivered by our amazing people.” 


Double Nectar points promotionNectar to Avios

When you convert Nectar points into Avios this June, you’ll collect 2x points on your shops at Sainsbury’s, Argos, eBay, and Esso between the conversion date and 30 June.

You can convert your Nectar points into Avios and vice versa. All you have to do is link your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts to get started. Every 400 Nectar points converted is 250 Avios, and every 400 Avios is 400 Nectar points. Transfers are instant.

The promotion is a bit complicated but basically, you need to transfer a minimum of 400 Nectar points into Avios. Then, whenever you shop at Sainsbury’s, Argos, eBay, and Esso after the transfer, you get double points until the end of June. 

You can find the promotion page here. 


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