Have you ever stepped on board a flight and thought yourself ‘hmm, this could do with a few more rainbows and a bit of Judy Garland’? If you have, then you’re in luck a the very first ‘Pride Flight’ has just been announced and it’s perhaps the campest thing ever.
Taking to the skies next June from London to New York, to coincide with the World Pride 2019 event, the one-off flight will see passengers feel the love 38,000ft above the Atlantic. With special onboard entertainment including Drag Queen Bingo, Judy Garland singalongs and inter-seat speed dating, this is a flight that is not to be missed.
If that’s not enough, the one-off flight will be hosted by Tituss Burgess – Broadway musical actor and star of the hit Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – and packed full of special guests and live performances.
Burgess said: “At a time when we’re seeing the rights of minority groups under threat, it is more important than ever we stand up and make our voices heard. The LGBT community has made enormous strides over the last 50 years, and I’m so proud to partner with Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic to mark this occasion in style and celebrate the hard-won freedoms from those who came before us.”
Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic added: “We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly and we’re going to be pulling out all the stops to ensure the Pride Flight is delivered with a large serving of Virgin flair. We take our commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way.
This is going to be a show-stopping, ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind experience that we can’t wait to bring to the skies next June.
Staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, the flight will be in partnership with NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York.
World Pride 2019, which for the first time ever is being held in New York City, takes place in June 2019 and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, widely regarded as a pivotal moment in LGBTQ history.
World Pride is organised at an international level to celebrate Pride for those countries where homosexual activity is still illegal or repressed, with previous host cities including Rome, London and Toronto.
A portion of ticket sales from the flight will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives here in the UK – and further fundraising and raffles will take place on-board.