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Virgin Atlantic introduces wine and cognac tastings in The Booth on its new A350 aircraft

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Last September, we shared a first look at Virgin’s new social space on the leisure configured A350s called ‘The Booth’.

The ‘leisure A350’ is a new variant of the aircraft for Virgin with marginally fewer Upper Class Suites and a bigger economy cabin. The idea is to field the aircraft on flights which are less business focussed and where the demand for a business class cabin is lower.

The smaller business class cabin means there is also less space for a social space on the aircraft – on the ‘main’ A350s the entire section at the second doors is taken out for ‘The Loft’, a social seating area. Instead, Virgin Atlantic has designed a new experience called ‘The Booth’ which occupies the footprint of a cabin monument such as a lavatory.

Virgin Atlantic A350 leisure The Booth

The Booth is designed for two people, and Virgin have now revealed what experiences you’ll be able to book in advance. You’ll be able to choose from the following:

  • Wine tasting with drinks from The Uncommon, including an English white wine, English rose and a spritzer
  • Cognac and Praline pairing with Delamaine
  • Private dining
  • Game time – where you can play games with Virgin Atlantic playing cards

With Virgin’s new Upper Class Suite on the A350s (review here) no longer offering buddy dining, The Booth offers a good opportunity to share a meal or an experience restaurant-style.

All the experiences are free for passengers in Upper Class, and you can book with the crew once you board your flight.

At present you are most likely to find the ‘leisure’ A350 fleet flying between London / Orlando and Manchester / Orlando.


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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