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Virgin Australia Pride Flight to take off ahead of Mardi Gras weekend

Airline Virgin Australia today announced its first ever Pride Flight from Brisbane to Sydney for next month.

Just in time for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade weekend, the special flight will take off on Friday 5 March, hosted by award-winning Sydney drag star and Virgin Australia cabin crew member Penny Tration.

The all-inclusive, COVID-safe flight from Brisbane to Sydney will include mid-air drag performances, bottomless beverages, DJ entertainment, and plenty of rainbows, glitter, and fabulousness.

Virgin Australia Group Chief People Officer Lisa Burquest said she was proud to lead a company that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.

“I’m incredibly proud of what Virgin Australia stands for in the community, and our inaugural Pride Flight is going to be a unique celebration not to be missed,” said Burquest.

“A number of our team members identify as LGBTQ+, and we embrace the challenge to not only create an inclusive organisation where everyone can be their true self at work, every day, but an organisation that is representative of the communities in which we live, work, and fly – the Pride Flight is a testament to that.

“Pride Flight is about supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it.”

Penny Tration said she was looking forward to returning to the skies and donning her red uniform.

“I’ve been flying with Virgin Australia for 14 years, and it’s an honour to show Australia just how proud we are,” she said.

“We’re literally putting the most fabulous flight in the air and I can’t wait.”

Seats are on sale today until sold out, with set-price economy one-way fares available from $150.

Almost 200 seats are available on the Pride Flight, the first service of its kind operated by Virgin Australia.

The airline is waiving change and cancellation fees for bookings made before 30 April 2021 for travel before 31 January 2022, enabling travellers to book their Pride Flight ticket with confidence.

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