Virgin Atlantic launches dedicated World Pride 2019 flight doubling up as party

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays are pulling out all the stops to celebrate World Pride 2019 in New York City!

In fact, the airline will be staging the UK’s first ever dedicated ‘Pride Flight’ which promises to be a celebration of all things LGBT including live on board entertainment, shows and plenty more surprises.

The special flight to New York will be hosted by Tituss Burgess, who stars in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and will be staffed entirely by LGBT pilots and cabin crew.

There’ll be a host of fun entertainment too including an on board DJ, Drag-Queen Bingo, Judy Garland singalongs, inter-seat speed dating and more.

The flight will depart from London Heathrow on Friday 28th June 2019 to NYC’s Newark airport.

Economy Light tickets start from £380pp and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Attitude Magazine Foundation to advance community Pride initiatives here in the UK. You can book your seat here .

Tituss Burgess, 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."

Virgin has teamed up with the NYC & Company and the Alliance for Downtown New York for the special event, as it takes place in NYC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

But it won’t be just the flight that’s on offer. Virgin Holidays will be launching dedicated packages to coincide with World Pride 2019 with prices from £699pp for three-night breaks including flights.

You can check out the full list on the Virgin Holidays website here .

Mark Anderson, Global LGBT Lead for Virgin Group and Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, said: "We’re not the type of company to mark an occasion like this half-heartedly and we’re going to be pulling out all the stops to ensure the Pride Flight is delivered with a large serving of Virgin flair.

"We take our commitments to diversity and inclusion seriously, but you can rest assured we have a lot of fun along the way. This is going to be a show-stopping, ground- breaking, one-of-a-kind experience that we can’t wait to bring to the skies next June."

Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, added: "As a City founded on diversity, inclusivity and a welcoming spirit, we’re extremely pleased to host World Pride 2019 – the first time the big event will be held in the United States, while at the same time marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

"Through our partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays we’re delighted to invite UK LGBTQ travellers and allies to New York City to be a part of these historic events, expected to draw more than 3 million visitors and be one of the largest LGBTQ events in history."

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