Created by the same team as the JFK Clubhouse - New York-based architectural practice Slade Architecture in collaboration with the Virgin Atlantic in-house design team - the Newark space is being designed with a mixture of NYC’s downtown flair and Virgin Atlantic’s warmth and individuality. The lounge will live and breathe lower Manhattan – think Soho boutiques, TriBeCa lofts and Meatpacking District chic.
The personalized food service will offer Upper Class passengers a local community experience with the opportunity to indulge in locally-sourced produce. To allow passengers the maximum time for relaxation before boarding, the Clubhouse will be located airside, after the security checks in Terminal B and close to the gates.
The Newark Clubhouse marks the final element in Virgin Atlantic’s £100 million investment in its Upper Class product. During 2012 the airline has also opened a new Clubhouse in New York JFK, unveiled a new Upper Class cabin on its A330-300 aircraft as well a new Upper Class fine dining experience.
Luke Miles, Head of Design at Virgin Atlantic commented:
“Newark has always been an important market to Virgin Atlantic – it’s where it all started with our first flight from London in 1984. The new Clubhouse has been designed to really reflect the spirit and heart of downtown New York and we are confident that it will continue to impress our passengers and give them an experience to remember each time they fly with us.”
Virgin Atlantic offers two daily flights from London Heathrow to Newark as well as three daily flights from London Heathrow to JFK, with a fourth daily service beginning on 28th October 2012.
Virgin Atlantic is currently running a sale for flights departing London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports during August, September and October. Return Economy fares from London Heathrow to New York City start from £489 per person and must be booked by 27th July 212. Fares are per person and inclusive of taxes, fees, charges and surcharges (subject to change).