Qantas has released a time-lapse video showing how it painted a special Pride Is In The Air livery onto one of its A330s.
Australian Aviation’s Victor Pody also shot the aircraft, VH-EBL, at Sydney Airport on Friday.
It comes ahead of a special WorldPride flight from Los Angeles to Sydney on 22 February, where customers will enjoy “an array of experiences” hosted by Australian comedian Joel Creasey.
The on-board entertainment will include “live inflight entertainment”, limited edition ‘Rainbow Roo’ Qantas pyjamas and a menu created by chef Neil Perry.
“Supporting the LGBTQI+ community is part of the Qantas spirit and this flight will be operated by members of the Qantas Illuminate network, a community of Qantas LGTBQI+ employees and their allies,” said chief executive Alan Joyce.
“We are proud to bring visitors from the USA not only to celebrate Sydney WorldPride, but also to experience all that this vibrant city and country has to offer.”
All passengers on the flight will also be given admission to the Sydney WorldPride concert featuring special guest performer Kylie Minogue on 24 February.
Australian Aviation reported earlier this month how Qantas would bolster its fleet of Dreamliners, with plans to add a trio of 787s to its line-up in June.
With the additional three aircraft, Qantas’ fleet of Boeing 787-9s will be strengthened to a total of 14 aircraft.
Like previous Qantas 787-9s, the three new aircraft will feature 42 business class lie-flat bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats.
Joyce said that the new aircraft will provide additional travel capacity and allow Qantas to keep its fares lower.
“We’ve actually got three new 787s arriving in June and are two years late because of the supply chain issues,” he said in an interview with 6PR Perth.
Qantas is looking to expand its international services with the 787s and is currently in talks with Air France in developing a direct route from Perth to France, as well as several other additional European locations that would bolster Perth Airport as the country’s western international travel hub.
“We want to do Paris and we’re talking to Air France and other European airlines about how we could do that,” said Joyce.