At a time when many airlines are going bankrupt, tacking on high baggage fees, having massive layoffs, and merging, Virgin Atlantic is not following the trends and is offering luxury suites ranging in price from $4,000 to $10,000.
The new Upper Class Suites from Virgin Atlantic were rolled out this weekend on a flight from London Heathrow to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and introduced passengers to many new luxury features.
Money goes a long way in these suites with new features ranging from new seat sizes to larger television screens.
If you love our Upper Class Suite, you're really going to love the new Upper Class Suite, Virgin Atlantic wrote on its website. Four years of research, imagination and expert design have gone into re-engineering our award-winning seat to create something even more remarkable. We've re-engineered and reinvented our Upper Class Suite, creating a fabulous new onboard experience, with great new features.
Amenities listed on the company's website include:
Flip down cocktail tables and push panel armrests, adjustable reading lights, and conveniently located headphone jacks.
Passenger control unit still has lumbar support and firm touch buttons to prevent accidental activation.
Each seat has its own aisle access.
More storage with a new literature pocket and two ottoman storage solutions.
In-seat power supply compatible with most international plug types.
AeroMobile system installed so a passenger can make and receive phone calls and send texts from their own mobile phone.
The new Upper Class Suites are only being offered on flight VS003 from Heathrow to JFK and VS004 back to London. A round-trip ticket can range anywhere from $3,988.20 for a restrictive ticket to $10,470.20 for a fully flexible and refundable reservation. More flights and destinations will be added throughout this year on Airbus A330 aircraft and will be available on Boeing 787s beginning in 2014.