Who wants to be afternoon tea tester for Virgin Atlantic?

I've discovered there's an even a better job than being a food writer - I'd like to add frequent flyer tester for Virgin Atlantic to my resume.

But only for their Upper Class which offers a welcome aboard glass of champagne to toast the journey, a tradition made famous in the golden age of Hollywood. Another great British tradition, afternoon tea, will also be served on individual mini cake stands, but not, sadly, with a cupcake I note. But there will be clotted cream with the jam and scones so that's a plus.

Virgin Atlantic has announced its biggest ever investment into the business class product, as it pledged £100million over the next three years to enhance its Upper Class offering around the world. As part of the investment, on board flights from Sydney to London, a brand new Upper Class ‘fine dining’ experience will take to the skies from March 1, 2012.

Influenced by some of the best British restaurants and private members clubs, the new Upper Class dining service has been completely redesigned and customers will enjoy customised menus, with local delicacies.

The launch of other new business class products will commence on Virgin’s Atlantic’s London Heathrow to New York JFK service with highlights including a new upper class cabin, an enhanced seat, a futuristic bar and many other cabin updates to give passengers a unique flying experience.The new Upper Class cabin will be launched on Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.  A new multi million pound Clubhouse at the John F Kennedy airport will also be launched later in the year.

In developing its new Upper Class products, Virgin Atlantic recruited groups of its most frequent fliers to test the ideas and feed into their development - even allowing some to try out the beds with an overnight stay in the airline’s test facility.  They should have asked me - I would have told them afternoon tea is nothing if there's no cupcake involved!

Here's the full tray experience. Find out more at wwww.virginatlantic.com