For the second year running, Virgin Atlantic has won the
Best Business Class Lounge Award in the SkyTrax World Airline Awards 2008, for
its flagship Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport.
The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by
Skytrax and are recognised around the world.
The awards are renowned for being the only truly global independent
passenger survey of airline standards.
Virgin Atlantic beat off BA’s new T5 lounge, Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong
Business Class lounge and Qatar Airways’ Business Class lounge to win the
Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said,
“We’re thrilled that our Heathrow Clubhouse has been chosen
as the world’s best haven for business travellers for the second year
running. This confirms that our
Clubhouse is a real winner with our Upper Class passengers and with our new private
security corridor they can now get through to it in record time! Thank you to everyone who voted for us.”
The airline’s Clubhouse at Heathrow provides the ultimate
pre-flight experience for every passenger with an array of exciting and unique
areas. Passengers can enjoy a stylish
haircut in the salon from Bumble and bumble; relax in the spa pool or sauna;
choose from a range of Cowshed treatments; enjoy a game of pool in the Den; a
blockbuster film in the Cinema; enjoy a delicious cocktail at the 14 metre long
bar; and choose from the extensive Brasserie
menu for a richer dining experience before their flight.
The £11m flagship lounge, which is over
2,500 square metres in total, was created by the Virgin Atlantic design team
and the London based architectural practice Softroom, who created the interior’
design to feel like a private members’ club.
Virgin Atlantic has recently unveiled a brand new Clubhouse for
its Upper Class passengers in Boston.
The new £1m Clubhouse at Logan International Airport was created by
Boston based architectural practice Bergmeyer Architects, in collaboration with
the Virgin Atlantic in-house design team and W1 Studio. The Boston Clubhouse is divided into four zones; the Library and
Business centre, the Lounge, the Brasserie and the Deli. Accommodating up to 75
allows Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class passengers to relax in quiet comfort, surf
the Internet, lounge in private banquettes or dine in bistro style.
Atlantic has industry leading Clubhouses in the following destinations worldwide:
London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Newark, JFK New York, Washington, San
Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.