Virgin Pilots Geoff Foster and Daniel Kiamtia (Virgin Australia)
Virgin Pilots Geoff Foster and Daniel Kiamtia (Virgin Australia)
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In the vibrant realm of LGBTQIA+ travel, Virgin Australia’s Pride Flight stands as a beacon of inclusivity and celebration. This remarkable initiative, now in its fourth year, takes to the skies on March 1, 2024, transforming an ordinary journey into an extraordinary adventure.

Departing from Melbourne and Brisbane, Pride Flight descends upon Sydney for Mardi Gras, the epicentre of Australia’s Pride festivities, with an all-day extravaganza that ignites the senses and unites hearts.

From the moment you enter the departure gate, infectious energy engulfs you, courtesy of a vibrant pre-flight party pulsating with drag performances, electrifying DJ sets, and captivating entertainment.


As you board the aircraft, the excitement intensifies. The cabin crew, composed of LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies, radiates warmth and welcomes you with open arms. The atmosphere crackles with anticipation, a palpable sense of camaraderie coursing through the aisles.

Flight number from Melbourne will be VA1978 – In 1978 the first Mardi Gras Parade was held and resulted in brutal bashings and arrests by Police. The flight number from Brisbane will be VA2017 – 2017 marked the year same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

Virgin Pride Flights in 2022 (Virgin Australia)
Virgin Pride Flights in 2022 (Virgin Australia)

Throughout the journey, the festivities continue unabated. In-flight surprises delight passengers, while complimentary beverages and snacks fuel the merriment. The camaraderie deepens as fellow travellers share stories, laughter, and a sense of belonging that transcends boundaries.

Upon landing in Sydney, the celebration reaches its crescendo. Passengers are whisked away to the official Pride Flight Landing Party at The Beresford, an iconic venue in Surry Hills. Here, the night unfolds under a kaleidoscope of colours, music, and laughter, creating memories that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who attend.

But the impact of Pride Flight extends far beyond the confines of the aircraft and the party. For every ticket sold, $30 is donated to Minus18, an Australian charity dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth.

This unwavering commitment to social responsibility underscores Virgin Australia’s dedication to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and inclusion knows no bounds.

Pride Flight is more than just a flight; it’s a symbol of progress, a celebration of individuality, and a testament to the power of unity. It’s an invitation to embrace the colours of the rainbow, soar high with pride, and revel in the beauty of being true to oneself.

Flights can be booked here.

Last Updated on Dec 4, 2023

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