Virgin is getting ready to launch its first-ever “Pride Flight” between London and New York City. 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. 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.
In partnership with NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York, the flight is designed to celebrate World Pride 2019, which for the first time ever is being held in the United States in New York City. Taking place in June 2019, the event commemorates the 50 th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall Uprising, widely regarded as a pivotal moment in LGBTQ history. World Pride is organised at an international level to celebrate Pride for those countries where homosexual activity is still illegal or repressed, with previous host cities including Rome, London and Toronto.
Tituss Burgess, host of Pride Flight, said: “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.”
A portion of ticket sales from the flight will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives in the UK – and further fundraising and raffles will take place on-board.
The flight departs from London Heathrow on Friday June 28 th 2019, flying direct to New York City’s Newark airport with a flexible return date on offer. Holiday-makers can buy an Economy Light flight-only ticket from £380 by calling Virgin Atlantic on 0344-209-7777, or indulge in a full three-night package from $922 by calling Virgin Holidays on 0344-557-3859.