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Virgin launches flight to celebrate Pride Festival

written by Adam Thorn | February 11, 2021

A Virgin Australia 737 800 flies past a rainbow in Melbourne (Rob Finlayson)

Virgin Australia has launched a special flight to mark Sydney’s Pride Festival, featuring mid-air drag performances and DJ entertainment.

The service, from Brisbane to Sydney on Friday, 5 March, will be hosted by cabin crew member and “Sydney drag royalty” Penny Tration.

“Arm doors and cross-check, we’re about to take fabulous flying to a whole new level,” she said. “I’ve been flying with Virgin Australia for 14 years and it’s an honour to show Australia just how proud we are and we’re literally putting the most fabulous flight in the air and I can’t wait.”

Chief people officer, Lisa Burquest, said, “A number of our team members identify as LGBTQ+, and we embrace the challenge to not only create an inclusive organisation where everyone can be their true self at work, every day, but an organisation that is representative of the communities in which we live, work and fly – the Pride Flight is a testament to that.

“Pride Flight is about supporting the LGBTQ+ community and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it. Tickets are only $150 for Economy one-way and $350 for Business Class one-way and like all Virgin Australia flights, the ticket comes with baggage, seat selection and Velocity Frequent Flyer Points.”



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The special flight follows an Air New Zealand flight hosting the premiere of a documentary on Kiwi rock band Six60, and a Qantas ‘flight to nowhere.

The latter toured Australia with Captain Alex Passerini dipping as low as 4,000 feet as he flew past landmarks such as the Great Barrier Reef, over the Whitsundays and Uluru.

The flight follows a recent trend worldwide of airlines launching flights to nowhere.

World of Aviation has previously reported how EVA Air operates a scenic sortie over the East China Sea, circling Japan’s Ryukyu Islands before returning to Taipei, while rumours persist Singapore Airlines is planning a similar initiative.

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