The airline Virgin Australia held its first “Pride Flight” on March 5th, ahead of Australia’s annual gay and lesbian celebration that takes place on March 6th and 7th.
120 LGBTQIA+ passengers or allies of the cause traveled from Brisbane to Sydney. Special guests included Alli Simpson, Richard Reid, Jack Vidgen, Sophie Cachia and drag queen Maxi Shield.
According to Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director Jayne Hrdlicka, it is a source of pride to see what the company stands for.
“It is a privilege to lead a company that celebrates diversity and inclusion in the same way that Virgin Australia does, and I am incredibly proud of our team that created such a fantastic event for LGBTQ + people and their supporters to celebrate Pride”, said Hrdlicka.
“Every year, many of our guests fly with us to the annual celebrations in Sydney and we wanted to show them how much we support and value the community. We also have many on our team who identify themselves as LGBTQ+ and we want them to know that they can come to work every day as being who they are. Today, our people are showing how bold and fun our airline can be with Virgin’s talent on full display “, concluded.
On the flight, there were performances by drag queen Penny Tration, who participated in the fifth season of RuPaul´s Drag Race, as well as having drinks and games on board.
Before boarding, the airline also distributed “Streets Golden Gaytime” ice cream to all guests. In addition, team members lined up to form a boarding aisle holding and waving rainbow flags.
During the descent in Sydney, passenger Chris Lai proposed to his longtime boyfriend Cédric Thiery.