Virgin picks up biz awards

Virgin Atlantic has won two of the top categories at the Business Traveller Awards 2006.  The airline won the Best Business Class and Best Premium Economy awards.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic, commented:

“We are delighted that Business Traveller readers have recognised Virgin Atlantic in this way. These awards show that Virgin Atlantic’s innovative products, in Upper Class and Premium Economy, are the clear favourites for long-haul travellers.”

The Upper Class suite is different to anything else flying today. The product has been designed to be separately both the most comfortable bed and the most comfortable seat in the air.  Instead of extending from a seat into a bed, Virgin Atlantic’s seat provides the passenger with a luxury leather armchair to relax on which then flips over into a separate bed with a mattress to sleep on.  It is a first class product for a business class fare.

Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to come up with the concept of a premium economy class.  It was first introduced in 1992 and has been imitated by our competitors in recent years. Passengers travelling in Premium Economy benefit from the biggest seat in its class on selected aircraft, a 38” seat pitch, dedicated check in and cabin, priority meal service and priority baggage reclaim.


Virgin has also been nominated this year for a


World Travel Award as World’s Leading Airline.