Air New Zealand's 'Pink Flight' to Sydney Mardi Gras returning in 2020

Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat has announced the return of a special themed flight to the Sydney Mardi Gras from Auckland.

The 'Party Gras' flight will take off from Auckland on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Onboard, passengers will be entertained by drag divas Buckwheat and Tess Tickle, and be served with specially themed cocktails during the flight that includes prizes, games and dancing.

Air NZ's Jeremy O'Brien says there's been a festival vibe on previous Mardi Gras or pink flights and the airline expects every seat on the A321neo to sell out.

Tickets for the Party Gras flight are available from today on the Grabaseat website. They start at $499 return and also offer packages for $799 per person that include return flights and two nights at the Sydney Harbour Marriott hotel.

Air NZ has previously operated a 'Pink Flight' to Sydney from Auckland, and on one occasion even flew a special flight from San Francisco to Auckland. But these Mardi Gras flights haven't been operated for nearly 10 years.

The 2020 'Party Gras' flight is the first to take place following the departure of Air New Zealand's former CEO, Christopher Luxon.