Virgin's Upper Class Suite now available on Manchester-Orlando route

Travel News Asia 6 May 2005

All Virgin Atlantic Airways flights between Manchester and Orlando now offer the airline's Upper Class Suite for its Upper Class passengers. The aircraft also has an increased number of Premium Economy seats. The aircraft will operate the Manchester - Orlando route, which has recently increased to a daily service.

The Upper Class Suite consists of a reclining leather seat for take off, a place to sit and eat a meal, a fully flat bed with a proper mattress for sleeping on, a private onboard bar to drink at and four limousines per return trip.

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, commented, We are very proud that our award-winning Upper Class Suite is now going to be enjoyed by our passengers that travel between Manchester and Orlando and also our passengers on our upcoming Manchester - Barbados route which launches later this year.

The Upper Class Suite has been a winner with our passengers and has received rave reviews and prestigious awards for its innovation and style.

Since starting our operations in Manchester almost 9 years ago Virgin Atlantic has carried over 2.7m passengers. In the future we are looking at expanding our operations to include more destinations in the Caribbean or even to other popular routes in America like Las Vegas - routes which have proved hugely popular with our leisure passengers at Gatwick.

Justin Bell, Station Manager for Virgin Atlantic at Manchester Airport said, It has always been part of Virgin Atlantics ongoing commitment to Manchester to increase our operation, we have seen it grow from a summer season only operation to a 7 day a week , year round service. Also our airport and cabin crew staff have increased from 60 to almost triple this number. We are delighted to have a new aircraft and to be able to offer our passengers the award winning Upper Class Suite.

The aircraft flying from Manchester will be configured with 14 Upper Class seats, 58 Premium Economy seats and 379 seats in Economy. Virgin Atlantic completed fitting the Upper class Suite to its London Heathrow and Gatwick based 747-400, A 340-600 fleet in February 2005.

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