Virgin has announced that they will celebrate queer identities and Pride next year with a “Pride Flight” which will be fully staffed by LGBT+ pilots and cabin crew. Scheduled for June 2019, the flight will take off from London Heathrow Airport with New York as its destination. New York will make history as the first American city to host the World Pride event next year on June 28, commemorating 50 years of the Stonewall Riots.
This one-off flight promises plenty of celebration and entertainment with actor Tituss Burgess enlisted as the MC and a menu of events that includes an on-board DJ, drag queen bingo, a Judy Garland singalong and inter-seat speed dating. Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays have joined forces with NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization for this exciting in-flight party.
Ticket prices start at £380 for the flight-only Economy Light experience, however holiday packages including accommodation at a New York hotel are also available at a starting price of £699 per person. Virgin will donate a portion of ticket sales to The Attitude Magazine Foundation.
“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,” Titus Burgess said. “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.”
“We take our commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way,” said Mark Anderson, global LGBT lead for Virgin Group and executive vice president at Virgin Atlantic.