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Tom Ot­ley the rays il­lu­mi­nate the view to the east through the win­dows of the lounge.

Vir­gin has part­nered with LA’s Hi­noki & Bird to pro­vide a res­tau­rant menu with three sig­na­ture dishes – green pa­paya salad, chilli crab toast and miso donuts. Of course WiFi is avail­able through­out.

The ca­pac­ity of the lounge is 90, although Vir­gin does not ex­pect more than 60 to 70 pas­sen­gers even at the busiest times. Its two daily de­par­tures are at 5:50 PM and 10:20 PM, so there may be some over­lap, but it is not likely to be sig­nif­i­cant.

Vir­gin cur­rently flies both the Boe­ing 787-9 with 31 Up­per Class pas­sen­gers and the A340-600 car­ry­ing 44 Up­per Class pas­sen­gers on the route, but in­tends to op­er­ate both flights with the Dream­lin­ers once more ar­rive (prob­a­bly in 2016, I was told). In ad­di­tion, gold card hold­ers in Vir­gin’s Fly­ing Club pro­gram can use the lounge and bring in a guest, as can Delta Plat­inum and Diamond Medal­lion mem­bers trav­el­ing trans-At­lantic.

Visit vir­ginat­lantic.com to dis­cover more.

Su­perb. The de­sign and fur­nish­ings are out­stand­ing makes great use of the space, as are the food and wine choices.Vir­gin has also got the ba­sics right – lots of plugs and enough food that you can get on the flight and sleep all the way home if you wish. BT

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