Virgin Australia's Sydney Mardi Gras Pride flight to be hosted by drag star Penny Tration

Virgin Australia has announced it will operate its first Pride service from Brisbane to Sydney for the 2021 Mardi Gras next month.

The airline says it's "taking fabulous to new heights" ahead of the country's largest annual gay and lesbian celebration.

The flight will be hosted by Penny Tration, a much-loved and award-winning Sydney drag star and Virgin Australia cabin crew member.

The all-inclusive, COVID-19-safe flight from Brisbane to Sydney will include mid-air drag performances, bottomless beverages, onboard DJ entertainment and "all of the trimmings you'd expect from a gay celebration including rainbows, glitter and a whole lot of fabulous," the airline said in a statement.

Miss Penny Tration
Miss Penny Tration Photo credit: Virgin Australia

"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 the airline's Group Chief People Officer Lisa 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."

When Penny Tration takes to the sky this time, things will be a bit different to regular shifts as Virgin Australia cabin crew.

"I've been flying with Virgin Australia for 14 years and it's an honour to show Australia just how proud we are and we're literally putting the most fabulous flight in the air and I can't wait," she laughed.

"Arm doors and cross-check, we're about to take fabulous flying to a whole new level!"

Last year, Newshub was onboard Air New Zealand's 'Party Gras' flight to Sydney Mardi Gras, just weeks before the COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown. It was the airline's first rainbow themed flight in nine years.