In a display of solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community, Australian low-cost carrier JetStar has revealed its striking rainbow-colored pride livery, ahead of the Melbourne Midsumma festival..
This initiative supports the annual Melbourne queer arts and culture festivalhttps://www.midsumma.org.au/, Midsumma, where Jetstar has proudly served as the official airline partner for eight consecutive years.
The Pride Flight Takes Off
As the 2024 Pride March through St Kilda approaches, Jetstar is gearing up to participate enthusiastically, showcasing its unwavering support for the LGBTQI+ community.
Adding a new dimension to their commitment, Jetstar has adorned one of its Airbus A320 aircraft with a distinctive Flying with Pride and rainbow star livery, spanning over nine meters of the narrowbody aircraft, registered VH-VFY.
A Symbol of Inclusivity
Jetstar’s commitment to inclusivity is prominently displayed across its domestic network, starting from tomorrow.
The carefully crafted pride livery is not just a visual spectacle; it’s a testament to the airline’s dedication to fostering an inclusive environment for everyone, irrespective of their identity.
Unveiling at Melbourne Airport
The pride-themed transformation took place at Jetstar’s engineering hangar at Melbourne Airport, where a diverse group, including representatives from Jetstar, Qantas, Midsumma Festival, and Melbourne Airport, gathered for the official unveiling.
The event was not only a celebration of LGBTQI+ support but also an opportunity to share the joy with the community.
Jetstar’s hangar was the venue for the entertainment, featuring performances by Jetstar drag artists Victoria Bitter and Randy Roy, alongside Midsumma star Dolly Diamond, celebrating her remarkable 20th anniversary at the festival.
The pride livery served as a captivating backdrop to the festivities, underlining Jetstar’s commitment to embracing diversity and inclusion.
Jetstar Group CEO Comments
Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully, expressed the airline’s enduring commitment to the LGBTQI+ community, stating, “There’s a seat for everyone at Jetstar, no matter how you identify, and this inclusive spirit is now on display more publicly than ever.”
Tully highlighted Melbourne as Jetstar’s home and expressed immense pride in the eighth consecutive year of partnership with Midsumma.
A Lasting Impact
Midsumma Festival CEO, Karen Bryant, conveyed gratitude for Jetstar’s steadfast support, emphasizing the positive impact of a Jetstar aircraft adorned with pride livery traversing the country.
Bryant highlighted just what the initiative meant, saying: “Witnessing a Jetstar aircraft travelling around the country with pride livery will bring much joy and visibility to LGBTQIA+ community members and allies”.
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