Virgin Atlantic Is So British, They’re Bringing High Tea to the Skies
For a true Brit, tea time doesn’t stop at 40,000 feet.
British airline Virgin Atlantic announced that it will begin serving afternoon high tea to customers in all classes of service.
In partnership with celebrity French patissier Eric Lanlard, the airline will serve tea on its daytime flights. Those in business and first class will be able to take their high tea at the onboard cocktail bar to keep things festive. Those in economy and premium economy can take tea — with sandwiches, scones and macarons from Lanlard, of course — at their seats.
“It’s the first time that Eric has partnered with an airline, and I think our customers are going to love it,” Daniel Kerzner, the airline’s vice president of customer experience, said in a statement.
The airline will start “test flights” this month to perfect the service before a full launch in late summer.
Those with access to the Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse will have access to a complimentary luxury high tea, beginning April 23. At tea time (from 3 to 5:30 p.m.), those in the lounge can dine on a tea menu created by Eric Lanlard, including smoked salmon on a mini croissant, savory tarts and a selection of scones with clotted cream. And of course there’s champagne.