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Wednesday 30 September 2009: V Australia is proud to announce celebrity chef and respected restaurateur, Luke Mangan, as its consulting chef to provide International Business Class Guests with specially designed signature dishes during their flights across the Pacific.


From 1 October, the Luke Mangan signature dishes will be included on the “Vistro” menu and will offer two dishes, with wine recommendations to match the meals.


It is the latest enhancement to V Australia’s International Business Class offering, following the recent launch of limo transfers to and from the airport to hotel or home.


Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “We are excited to have someone of Luke Mangan’s culinary calibre to be consulting and designing meals for V Australia’s in-flight menu. We have been very happy with the feedback we have received regarding the ‘eat what you want, when you want’ menu and meal standards and the inclusion of Luke’s signature dishes will raise the bar even higher.”


The design of in-flight meals requires a range of factors to be taken in to consideration, not least the fact they are being prepared and served at 40,000 feet in an aircraft galley. V Australia’s focus is on serving Guests fresh, tasty, recognisable food with an Aussie touch.


Brett Godfrey added, ‘Luke has an existing relationship with our sister airlines Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America and has used his extensive experience to create dishes that we think will prove hugely popular with V Australia Guests.”


Sir Richard Branson added, “Having enjoyed Luke's food both at his restaurants, on Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America and also when he visited as Guest chef on Necker Island, I can attest to his talent for creating delicious food in whatever environment he is given. I am delighted he will be working with the V Australia team to bring his flair and flavours to their in-flight menu.”


Luke personally consulted with the head chefs from V Australia’s in-flight caterers in both Australia and the USA when designing the dishes.


“I like to source the best local ingredients and showcase them with a clean and contemporary twist,” said Luke Mangan. I want V Australia passengers to have a taste of fresh, modern Australian cuisine while flying over the Pacific”.


V Australia’s Vistro menu rotates regularly to provide variety for the increasing number of repeat Guests who travel on V Australia. The first cycle will feature:


Australia to the United States Luke Mangan recommends


Roasted lamb loin with onion jam, slow roasted tomatoes, potato mash and basil oil

United States to Australia Luke Mangan recommends


Maple roasted chicken breast with roasted pumpkin, bacon and broccolini

For the next 12 months, Luke will continue to design two signature meals per cycle.


Today’s announcement coincides with the delivery of V Australia’s fourth Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Seattle, with V Australia crew preparing to fly the aircraft back to Australia where it will be put in to service to launch direct flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles as well as direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Phuket, Thailand.


About V Australia and Virgin Blue:

V Australia is a three class boutique style airline offering the acclaimed service for which the Virgin Blue Group is renowned and a unique Australian style. On board the airline’s brand new 361-seat 777-300ER aircraft, configuration includes Business Class cabin with 33 fully lie-flat beds, Premium Economy with 40 International Club seats and 288 International Economy seats. All cabins offer the Red, state-of-the-art personal seat back entertainment, seat to seat 'chat' or competition connectivity. The airline also has two in-flight bars, mood lighting including twilight and sunset, bathrooms with piped music including a "ladies only" bathroom and other touches of Australiana from salt and pepper shakers to hidden wallpaper murals. V Australia is a part of the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines. The Australian-based airline group also includes Virgin Blue, second largest carrier in Australia and short haul international airlines Pacific Blue Polynesian Blue. Together they operate a fleet comprising of 80 modern Boeing 737-NG’s, Boeing 777 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 28 Australian and 13 international destinations in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.

About Luke Mangan

Luke Mangan is one of Australia’s leading chefs and is internationally regarded as one of the country’s best known exports. He currently owns and operates a number of award-winning restaurants both within Australia and abroad, including glass brasserrie at the Hilton Sydney, Salt and the adjoining World Wine Bar in Tokyo and South food + wine bar in San Francisco and the soon to open Palace by Luke Mangan in Melbourne. In addition, he operates Salt Grill by Luke Mangan on the Pacific Pearl P&O cruise ship. He has also worked as a chef for Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America first and business classes and most recently as the international business class chef for V Australia. Luke has published four cookbooks and appears regularly as a guest on The Today Show in the US and Australia. For more on Luke Mangan please visit