It’s been some nine months since Virgin Australia bounced back with a new take on inflight dining. But now Virgin is beefing up the buy onboard menu – literally – with a new array of pies, sandwiches and wraps on offer. This is certainly welcome news for grumbling bellies on the airline’s longer flights!

And Virgin is also refreshing its Business Class dining menu yet again, with delights such as chicken tagine and cheese tortellini with basil. Both the revamped Economy and Business dining options can be found across the airline’s domestic and overseas flights – including Fiji – which kicks off on 16 December 2021.

Pies, sandwiches and wraps for Economy

Virgin’s Economy buy onboard menu boasts a pleasing refresh, including a great selection of premium snacks and beverages. An Archi Rose gin and tonic ($16) is sure to hit the spot after a long day.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more familiar, Violet Crumble and Cheezels (both $5 each) are some of the cheeky new snacks on offer.

But it’s the more substantial food items that we’re looking forward to. Each flight has a ‘secret menu’, with a rotating range of mini snack pies (a trio in each box), sandwiches and wraps – each $10. At the start of each flight, the cabin crew will let you know exactly what’s onboard.

See the latest Virgin Economy buy onboard menu here [PDF] →

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New dishes, double sparkling wine for Business

Virgin Australia dryly notes that they’ll be ‘doubling the amount of sparkling wine onboard Business Class, following … a recent customer survey’. We sincerely thank those who participated in that survey! Queensland’s Green Beacon Tropical Pale Ale will also make a star appearance over summer.

As for the food, here are some options you can expect on the Fiji international flights:

Potato and corn fritters
with tomato basil salsa, crumbled feta and spinach
Cheese omelette
with chicken chipolata, sauteed potatoes, onion and mushroom ragout
Chicken chimichurri

Pumpkin and eggplant lasagne
Sample Virgin Australia’s Fiji Business Class onboard menu – December 2021.

Travelling within the broader Virgin Australia domestic network? Feast your eyes (and stomachs) on this:

Yoghurt with passionfruit coulis
with salmon and capers
Zucchini fritter
with goats cheese and roast tomato
Antipasto plate with salmon
Chicken tagine
with jewelled rice
Cheese tortellini
with basil, nuts, pesto cream and pumpkin
Sample Virgin Australia’s domestic Business Class onboard menu – December 2021.

Virgin Australia continues to serve a selection of spirits in Business Class, including Gordons Gin, Jim Beam Bourbon White Label, Bundaberg Rum, Johnnie Walker Scotch Red Label and Smirnoff Vodka.

Summing up

When it comes to onboard dining, Virgin Australia always seems to hit the mark. (We’ll excuse the instant noodles back when the airline was coming out of voluntary administration).

The new Business Class menu certainly looks promising, with a great range of choices from light to filling. And when we next fly in Economy, we’ll certainly keep an eye out for the fresh range of pies, sandwiches and wraps.

Virgin beefs up Economy onboard menu was last modified: August 14th, 2023 by Brandon Loo