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Virgin Atlantic, an airline partner with whom we have developed a strong working relationship over the years, recently took a few of our members on a FAM trip to New York to showcase what passengers can expect when flying with the airline. Not only this, it was a great chance to show our team the wonders of New York – one of the destinations on Virgin Atlantic’s extensive route network.
So, how was the weekend overall? We asked two of our team members to find out…
How was your trip to New York?
Allie: It was an amazing, crazy 36 hours. The city is so beautiful and there was so much to do, it was hard to choose a lot of the time!
Dean: Absolutely amazing. I’ve been to NY once before in the summer and I loved it. It was really nice to see the other “winter” side to the city. Everything was very festive and everyone was in high spirits.
What did you do? Where did you visit?
Dean: We flew from London so we could experience the Virgin Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow, then arrived at JKF and made our way to the financial district in lower Manhattan.
Stops included: Times Square, Rockefeller Xmas Tree, One World Trade Centre, Ground Zero, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and we even found time to see a play on Broadway. We flew back from JFK, but not before experiencing the lounge there as well, getting refreshed and relaxed before the red-eye flight back to Manchester.
What were the highlights?
Allie: Getting up at half 6 and going to Battery Park and watching the sun rise over the statue of liberty was definitely a highlight for me!
Dean: Waking up at the crack of dawn and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, just in time for the sunrise, was a trip highlight.
Would you visit again?
Allie: In a heartbeat!
Dean: I would love to visit again. There is so much to do and see that I don’t think you could ever truly say that you’ve “done New York”.
Allie: The $3.00 Pizza and soda from 2 Bros. The food in the lounge was pretty amazing too!
Dean: I am a huge pizza fan, and NYC does have some great offerings in this department. However, I think a huge 5 stack of Mexican Churro Pancakes from IHOP (International House of Pancakes) was an excellent choice for breakfast on Sunday morning.
How was the flight experience?
Allie: The lounge was incredible; you felt like someone very special in there. The three-course meal we had was also incredible. All of the staff were really nice and helpful when we travelled on the flight, including organising some non-dairy milk for lactose intolerant me.
Dean: The Clubhouse at Heathrow in particular was a whole unique experience – it took the hassle out of flying and everyone in the group agreed that they forgot we were at the airport! This made everyone super relaxed, turning what can sometimes be a very stressful activity into a complete breeze.
Virgin Atlantic staff at the airports and onboard both aircrafts were so good. The service really was next level – very deserving of the 5-star rating!
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