Generally the airline industry has been pretty supportive of the LGBT community, and they’ve largely been ahead of the curve compared to other companies. Of course that’s not the case everywhere in the world.
Air Transat has done something that I don’t think any other airline has done before. Air Transat has painted an Airbus A330 in “Pride” colors. As they explain:
As part of International Pride Month, Air Transat and its employees celebrate diversity, recognize the importance of inclusion and strongly believe that everyone should be accepted for who they are. We are therefore proud to present to you our nod to this meaningful month.
How cool is that tail?!
As part of International Pride Month, Air Transat and its employees celebrate diversity, recognize the importance of inclusion and strongly believe that everyone should be accepted for who they are. We are therefore proud to present to you our nod to this meaningful month. pic.twitter.com/AGGGwqNDUs
— Air Transat (@airtransat) June 3, 2019
Air Transat is only sharing a picture of the tail, as I believe that’s the only part of the plane that has been repainted. Or at least that’s my belief based on the timeline.
The plane in question seems to have the registration code C-GPTS. That’s because that registration corresponds to the tail number 103, which is what is shown in the picture.
It’s also pretty impressive how quickly Air Transat repainted this plane. The plane flew from Rome to Montreal on Sunday, and within about 24 hours Air Transat shared the picture of the new tail.
As far as I know this is the most significant way we’ve seen an airline paint a plane in “Pride” colors, though it’s not the only bold effort airlines have taken in that regard.
For example, now defunct WOW Air had given one of their A330s the registration code TF-GAY, which was pretty cool.
Meanwhile this summer Virgin Atlantic will celebrate NYC Pride with a special flight from London to Newark, which will feature an all LGBT crew, and will include entertainment like an on-board DJ, drag queen bingo, a Judy Garland singalong, and inter-seat speed dating.