After a three-month absence, Virgin Atlantic has welcomed customers back onboard with the first passenger flight having departed London Heathrow to Hong Kong.
New York JFK and Los Angeles will be amongst the other destinations to restart with further routes added throughout August, September and October as travel restrictions around the world start to relax and customer demand increases.
Virgin Atlantic has introduced a number of measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and crew.
These include enhanced and thorough cleaning practices at check in, boarding gates and onboard including the use of electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant in all cabins and lavatories before every flight.
Safe distancing will be adhered to wherever possible, and mask wearing will be mandatory throughout the journey.
All travellers will be provided with a personal Health Pack which will contain three medical grade face masks, surface wipes and hand gel.
Customers will be given additional space onboard; some seats will not be available and these will be marked with special pillows.
The airline will also offer a simplified hot food service in all cabins, redesigned to limit interaction and enclosed and controlled from preparation.
Economy and Premium Economy customers will now enjoy a “Fly safe, eat well” meal box, including a choice of two hot meals, cheese and biscuits and a dessert pot together with a choice of wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water.
Upper Class customers will receive a choice of three hot meals, desserts and cheese & biscuits, all delivered to their seat on a tray.