Virgin Atlantic has said that it will operate a ‘Pride Flight’ from LHR to NYC in June. The service will form part of World Pride 2019 celebrations, with NYC acting as the host venue for this event. According to the airline, the flight will be “ staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew…”.
Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays – in partnership with tourism body NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York, a local business organization – have revealed plans to operate Britain’s very first ‘Pride Flight’ from London this summer.
In a statement, Virgin Atlantic confirmed that the flight is due to depart London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Friday, 28th June. Return dates are flexible, with economy tickets starting at £380 and a three-night room and flight package from £699.
The flight will be part of World Pride 2019, which is being hosted by New York City. This upcoming Pride event will itself mark 50 years since the city’s Stonewall Uprising.
The service, explains the carrier, will be, “staffed entirely by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew, the flight will be a true celebration of queer culture 38,000ft above the Atlantic. It will feature a ton of special on-board entertainment including on board DJ, Drag-Queen Bingo, Judy Garland singalong, inter-seat speed dating and special in-flight entertainment.”
“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 to make it one memorable flight,”
Burgess commented, “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.”
Commenting on behalf of the carrier, Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, said, “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…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.”
For more information or to buy tickets on Virgin’s Pride flight, visit virginatlantic.com/pride