Bits and BobsVirgin Australia aircraft turns into a wedding venue as lovebirds walk down the plane aisle.

It's love at first flight for Aussie couple

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Elaine Tiong and Luke Serdar at their wedding onboard a Virgin Australia flight, with Australian actress Tottie Goldsmith as celebrant for the ceremony. Photo Credit: Carly Ravenhall

After a near-death experience, Virgin Australia is doing everything it can to fuel its recovery and keep its brand in the spotlight — including doubling as a wedding venue.

Virgin, which in June last year was bought out of administration by Bain Capital, has been polishing its image as an airline that likes to have fun.

Nothing was spared when Elaine Tiong and Luke Serdar recently walked down the aircraft aisle before Australian actress Tottie Goldsmith, who acted as wedding celebrant, sealed the nuptials before unsuspecting passengers.

The couple officially tied the knot at 40,000 feet, as the aircraft and its 150 passengers flew over Canberra.

“The truth is, I was a wedding planner for many years, and after organising hundreds of weddings, I wanted something different for us,” said the bride.

Serdar added that they had planned to say their "I dos" on Valentine’s Day, but had to postpone "when the Victorian lockdown came into play just 24-hours before the big day. So after a false start, we couldn’t be happier to finally tie the knot".

Next up, Virgin Australia will on 5 March operate its first “Pride” service from Brisbane to Sydney ahead of the country’s largest annual gay and lesbian celebration.

“Pride Flight is about supporting the LGBTQ+ community and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it,” said Pride Flight host and Virgin Australia cabin crew member Penny Tration.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade takes place at Sydney Cricket Ground on 6 March.

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