All Aboard, Virgin Australia Is Doing A Boozy Pride Flight To Mardi Gras

By Chrissy Brincat

a drag queen in front of a virgin flight

Calling all queens, Virgin Australia has announced it will operate its first Pride service from Brisbane to Sydney on Friday 5 March to celebrate the country’s largest annual gay and lesbian festival. 

So, what exactly does a Pride flight involve? Well, what doesn’t it involve is probably the better question.

The COVID-safe, all-inclusive flight from Brisbane to Sydney will include mid-air drag performances, DJ entertainment, plenty of glitter and rainbows, and bottomless beverages to get you nice and tottled.

Virgin Australia Group Chief People Officer Lisa Burquest said she is proud to lead a company that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.

“I’m incredibly proud of what Virgin Australia stands for in the community and our inaugural Pride Flight is going to be a unique celebration not to be missed,” Ms 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.”

The Pride flight will be hosted by award-winning Sydney drag royalty and Virgin Australia cabin crew member, Penny Tration (say it aloud, we dare you), who said she is looking forward to  returning to the skies.

“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,” Ms. Tration said.

If you’re thinking this party in the sky is too good to miss, you’d be right, but get in quick because there are a very limited 200 seats up for grabs. You can book your economy or business class seat on Australia’s first Pride flight here.

Meanwhile, scope out these sale flights for your next trip.

Image credit: Supplied 

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