Posted on: 01 March 2016 by Mark Howells
WOW air has named its newest aircraft, an Airbus A330-300, TF-GAY in a show of support to the LGBT community.
“WOW air is an airline for the people and one of our most important goals is to lower fares in order to enable everybody to travel the world and get to know different cultures. We wholeheartedly support queer people’s fight for rights. Just as we support equal rights for everybody, no matter their gender, religion, ethnicity or culture,” commented CEO of WOW air, Skúli Mogensen. “When we announced we were going to start flying to San Francisco, one of our pilots approached me and suggested the TF-GAY registry. I immediately thought it was a great idea and fitted with our approach to using words relating to family members in the spirit of inclusiveness.
“Furthermore the name fits perfectly into this concept of ours to create a modern family out of our air planes from the names we give them,” Mogensen points out, referring to the company’s tradition of giving its planes names that represent family members; that is TF-MOM, TF-DAD, TF-SIS, TF-BRO, TF-SON and TF-KID. “WOW is basically MOM upside down and everybody loves their mom! Since day one, we’ve emphasised joy and friendliness in our services because we want everybody to feel welcome in the WOW family. And we think TF-GAY fits right in with our modern family concept.”
The aircraft will enter service on 9 June 2016 between Reykjavik (KEF) and San Francisco (SFO). It’s the first of two new Californian services this year, with flights to Los Angeles due to begin a week later on 15 June.