Virgin Atlantic Is Now Selling Tickets for Its First 'Pride Flight' to World Pride 2019
Virgin Atlantic is taking Pride to the skies just in time for the 50th anniversary of the worldwide event.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the first New York City Pride parade, as well as in preparation for World Pride 2019, Virgin Atlantic is now selling tickets for a special Pride Flight from London to New York City for the event. According to the airline, tickets are selling fast.
Virgin Atlantic is also working with non-profit tourism organization NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York for the flight, The Guardian reported.
The flight is hosted by Broadway and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess, and will have live performances, sing-a-longs, fun games like Drag Queen Bingo, and a LGBTQ identifying crew onboard.
Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement that the company takes its “commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way.”
“We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be pulling out all the stops.”
Virgin Atlantic has been an active partner in London Pride events, even having employees in uniforms march in the parade, according to CNN.
Burgess said in a statement that he was “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,” adding, “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 Pride Flight will take off from London Heathrow Airport on June 28, 2019 and arrive at Newark Liberty Airport. Economy tickets start at £380 ($500), or travelers can buy a three-night Virgin Holidays package starting at £699 ($920). There are three packages to choose from, which include stays at different New York City hotels. For £699 ($920), travelers stay for three nights at the Hudson New York Central Park, for £799 ($1,055), travelers stay for three nights at the The Beekman Hotel, and for £1,369 ($1,808) travelers stay for three nights at The Four Seasons New York Downtown.
Travelers can book a trip by visiting the Virgin Atlantic Pride Flight booking page. The offer is only available for people who will be traveling from the U.K.
A percentage of each ticket sold will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation, which works to advance community Pride initiatives in the U.K.