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Air New Zealand to host flights for WorldPride

Air New Zealand, the flagship airline of beautiful New Zealand, is celebrating WorldPride 2023 by hosting the world’s highest drag show at 40,000ft with fabulous fashion and plenty of colorful, onboard entertainment.

If you’re thinking of making that long-haul flight Down Under for Sydney World Pride, you won’t want to miss Air New Zealand’s direct flights from San Francisco to the largest global LGBTQIA+ event, in Sydney.

This is the first time that WorldPride will be held in the Southern Hemisphere, and the massive event has already attracted the likes of Kylie Minogue as headline entertainment act.

With hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world heading to the Sydney for the once-in-a-lifetime event, Air New Zealand, which is based in nearby Auckland, is helping folks who are stateside get there in LGBTQ style with a direct flight from San Francisco to Sydney on 20 February. If you are coming from New Zealand there is another flight from Auckland to Sydney on 24 February.

Air New Zealand is one of the world’s first gay-friendly airlines, launching Air New Zealand Pink flights more than 15 years ago, and the new flights build on this legacy with a full program of entertainment from drag shows to dance routines and plenty of surprises!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star drag queen Anita Wigl’it will be keeping customers entertained as they wing their way to Sydney’s WorldPride and Mardi Gras.

“Customers on board need to get ready for the trip of a lifetime! Expect silliness, fabulous entertainment and a trip so enjoyable that the journey is just as good as the destination,” says Anita Wigl’it.

Air New Zealand’s employee network Pride, supporting members and allies of the Rainbow community, is proud to see these flights celebrating diversity and inclusion on a global scale.

The airline’s General Manager Short Haul Jeremy O’Brien says he’s honored to work for an organization that is representative of Aotearoa’s culture and diversity and is a place where Air New Zealanders can truly be themselves and thrive.

“We’re so excited to be putting on these flights to celebrate WorldPride and the diversity of our people and our customers. The flights are part of our wider mission to tautoko (support) employees and customers who are part of the Rainbow community and advocate for inclusion.”

For more information about Air New Zealand’s Auckland to Sydney Pride Flight, or to purchase a ticket through Grabaseat, visit:

For more information about Air New Zealand’s San Francisco to Sydney Pride Flight visit

Pride Flight details:

Route:                                               SFO-SYD (non-stop)

Departure date:                                20 February 2023

Departure time from SFO:                7:55pm

Arrival time in SYD:                          6:15am on 22 February 2023

Route:                                               AKL-SYD (non-stop)

Departure date:                                24 February 23

Departure time from AKL:                16:20pm

Arrival time in SYD:                          6pm on 24 February 2023

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