Food writer and TV host Donal Skehan is to reinvent in-flight meals for Virgin Atlantic

He has been working with the airline for 12 months to develop a completely new approach dining.

This includes dishes inspired by global destinations and focuses on sustainable, fresh ingredients which the carrier claims brings restaurant standard food to the skies.

New “dine with Donal” dishes will debut in the airline’s Upper Class cabins and airport Clubhouses tis month, followed by premium and economy cabins next year.

The new menu items feature sustainably sourced fish, meat and vegetables.

Los Angeles-based Skehan is a regular host on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and also hosted Junior MasterChef.

He said: “It’s such a pleasure working with Virgin Atlantic, as I can’t imagine another airline that has such a right to win in this space.

“Together, we’re turning the industry upside down by creating stunning, delicious and healthy food at 38,000 ft.”

The carrier’s customer experience vice president Daniel Kerzner added: “We continue to raise the bar by looking outside our industry for the latest trends and innovation.

“Donal is the perfect partner to help us bring game changing food to the skies, and give our customers an elevated experience they won’t find anywhere else.”