#WhyYVR update: celebrating touchdown of Virgin Atlantic’s first flight to Vancouver

And so I landed at Vancouver’s International Airport, after a very smooth ride on Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to Vancouver.

But the fun started much earlier. On arrival at Heathrow, I went straight to Virgin’s Clubhouse, essentially the airline’s lounge. Über-stylish is probably quite a fitting word for the Clubhouse. I was a bit lost for words on entering yesterday morning at 8am. It’s a very cool design in which some elements remind of the seventies, but with a very futuristic touch.Β I couldn’t help but think of Star Trek’s Ten Forward, but much brighter and much more fun.

Virgin Lounge in Heathrow

Virgin Clubhouse Heathrow in London

The Clubhouse is complete with a spa and a hairdresser, and even a recording studio. Just in case you have an epiphany and need to record that next number one single before you board your flight!

Touching down at YVR

The flight on the new Airbus A340-300 was fantastic, and again the design continued to impress, and not just because of the fancy bar between Premium Economy and Upper Class (although admittedly, it is a major plus).

On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, Sir Richard Branson was welcomed at the aircraft by the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, and presented with a Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey, which he seemed to be very enthusiastic about:


Go Canucks! Sir Richard, we want to see that jersey in action now!

Christina Hegele

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  10 comments for “#WhyYVR update: celebrating touchdown of Virgin Atlantic’s first flight to Vancouver

  1. Lauren
    26 May, 2012 at 00:53

    A recording studio? Really?? Well that’s handy… Love Richard’s jersey moves πŸ™‚

    • Christina
      28 May, 2012 at 21:52

      Me too, I was standing right next to him. Great energy!

  2. 26 May, 2012 at 23:50

    A recording studio would be the last thing I’d expect in an airport! Did you take advantage of it at all?

    • Christina
      27 May, 2012 at 01:43

      Hey Megan, well I didn’t use the recording studio – I was speechless from audio-visual sensory overload. It’s quite a flash place. I did take advantage of the breakfast bar though – yum yum. And the RedHead drink wasn’t bad either.

  3. 27 May, 2012 at 17:15

    More airlines flying to more destinations is always a good thing!

    • Christina
      28 May, 2012 at 21:53

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Especially the cool ones πŸ™‚

  4. 28 May, 2012 at 21:46

    More airlines need to have spa included in their clubhouse….really would love that before a flight!

    • Christina
      28 May, 2012 at 22:08

      Yup, or during a layover. It makes such a difference.

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