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Tickets Just Went on Sale for Virgin’s First All LGBT+ Flight

Tickets Just Went on Sale for Virgin’s First All LGBT+ Flight
Jackie Reddy

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

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16 Comments

  1. MimiB22

    October 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    How would people react to a flight advertised as for straights only? Or blacks only, or whites only? Exclusionary practices are wrong.

  2. MaxVO

    MaxVO

    October 11, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I understood that the staff is claiming to be all LGBT+. No one will check or turn away pax based on the demographics. Such events are almost always well mixed.

  3. John Aldeborgh

    October 11, 2018 at 8:00 am

    How does it help any company to politicize their product. I don’t care which side of a given topic your on, it’s not good business. Also, raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing about people’s sexuality. I don’t care what you do in your private life, just please don’t share it with me, I really don’t care. You can pretend your a mountain lion and have relations with a guppy, that’s your business not mine, just don’t share, complain or try and impose your values on me. As for Virgin, no thanks, I’ll find another non political carrier.

  4. bimmerfreak0

    October 11, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I concur Mimi.

  5. LuizMiranda

    October 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

    It’s a LGBT+ staffed flight with a pride “theme” during Pride weekend that is “for” everyone. You don’t have to be LGBT+ to be a pax, just like you don’t have to be LGBT to watch the pride parade in New York that same weekend.

    And how exactly is celebrating Pride month with a flight to New York’s Pride weekend a political thing? It’s not, so don’t make it. A flight to Ireland to St. Patrick’ day or to DC to celebrate black history month or Veteran’s day wouldn’t be political either.

    Plus, this is nothing new, many flights are already mostly LGBT staffed anyhow 😉

  6. AAdamE

    October 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

    It’s to celebrate Pride in NYC, would any of you have a problem if there was a flight to celebrate a sports event? Things are only as political as YOU make them.

  7. edgewood49

    October 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

    With all due respects to the LGBT it seems this is simply a PR flight for Virgin. In this day and age who the %$%[email protected] cares ? If you qualify to fly or be a FA then fine but to put this out in everyone’s face is well a bit much.

  8. DutchessPDX

    October 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, you cis gender people sure do get ANGRY when people do anything that isn’t centered around you!

    There’s a very good reason why there’s no “Hetero” flights, because every flight out there is a hetero flight. When you ask, “why do they have to put in out in everyone’s faces?” (can’t believe people are still asking this ridiculous question) because virtually all media, movies, advertising, and images out there already got your cis gender selves covered. The world already revolves around you, but god forbid a couple gay people decide to take a flight designed as a safe space because they want one day, just one day of the year where they don’t have to be bombarded with stupid questions, and ignorant comments like the ones proffered here.

    So to answer your question, why are flights like this needed? You ALL are why flights like this are needed.

  9. jrpallante

    October 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations to all who recognize this flight for the PR stunt that it is. As noted by some, there would be an outcry if anybody advertised as an “all straight” flight. Or what about an all “B” flight, but not the rest of the PC alphabet? Personally, I prefer an all human crew.

  10. anabolism

    anabolism

    October 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    It’s a fun themed flight. Don’t get bent out of shape. If this flight isn’t your idea of fun, just ignore it. It’s one flight. Maybe it will be one flight per year, but for now it’s one flight.

  11. JimInOhio

    October 12, 2018 at 5:47 am

    I concur with the majority of the other comments here. Does anyone think Virgin Atlantic would attempt to get away with advertising a flight that’s specifically staffed by an all-straight crew? It’s just for fun, right?

  12. Lena Duhovny

    October 12, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I wonder if straight people are allowed?…

  13. Kannai

    October 13, 2018 at 3:35 am

    What’s wrong with during a pride event celebrating an LGBT+ crew? How does that hurt you? How is that sooooo offensive to you?

    Airlines have previously celebrated having all-women crews and all people of color crews. What’s wrong with that? We’re celebrating the achievements of minorities in the face of on-going discrimination. If you’re a white cisgendered person, particularly male, and you think that discrimination is gone, you’re missing something. How often are any of the pilots anything but white men if you’re flying a North American, European, or ANZ airline? How white are the crews compared to the general population. I’ll grant you that the number of male flight attendants who are gay (white cis men), is higher than the average of the population, but how many gay men of color do you see? How many trans cabin crew do you see? Sure we can’t always tell but as a member of the LGBT+ community, I notice these things. And it’s rare, very rare.

  14. AlwaysFlyStar

    October 14, 2018 at 1:46 am

    My god some people here are whiney. Only this article calls it an all gay flight. Virgin calls it a Pride Flight that will be specially staffed by an LGBT crew. It is just a bit of fun to celebrate Pride. If it upsets you that gay people are allowed to be openly gay and happy with the progress that has been made in the past several years, I am indeed sorry that you feel that way. And you can say that all expressions of sexuality makes you uncomfortable but I just have a hard time believing that is the case. Do you complain about the many other expressions of sexuality including virtually every film ever created? Do you complain when jewellery companies advertise a man purchasing a ring for a woman? I mean, it is a one off flight celebrating the LGBT community because we are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that doesn’t kill or imprison people for their sexual orientations. However, many such parts of the world still exist. I mean, seriously, I don’t understand why this is something that bothers so many people. Does a gay cruise also bother you so? Personally, I would just say don’t go if it is not your thing. You have many options when flying from London to New York, so you don’t need to be on this flight. And if you weren’t planning on taking this flight anyways, then why do you care?

  15. DragonSoul

    October 14, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Well I’m feeling very excluded. Where are the flights in August to celebrate Left Handers Day? We’re 10% of the population but are discriminated against all the time.

    Oh that’s right. We’re not special enough and it’s not as politically correct an issue, even though we’ve been tortured and killed for our handedness, and forced to live a lie for fear of retribution in the past – and still are in some countries.

    So. Where is OUR flight Beardy Branson?

  16. secondsoprano

    October 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Well said Dutchess! They just don’t get it, do they?

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