AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Air New Zealand says it will be hosting the country’s first gay wedding ceremony — mid air — on board a plane when same-sex marriage becomes legal next month.
The airline is seeking a couple to tie the knot at an altitude of 30,000 feet on a flight between Queenstown, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand on Monday August 19, saying it wants to prove that love is truly in the air.
“Justin and I are thrilled to be taking part in witnessing this historic moment for New Zealand,” Ferguson said, in a statement.
Ferguson and Mitka are planning to marry in New York this month.
Air New Zealand launched the competition Wednesday for prospective couples from around the world for the mid-air wedding event.
“Naturally, the couple’s family and friends will want to be on hand for the special occasion so we have plenty of seats set aside for them,” said Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand’s head of global brand development.
The winning couple will also be treated to a honeymoon vacation in Palm Springs in the United States, courtesy of Air New Zealand.
On April 13, New Zealand became the 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage; the law takes effect August 19.
Couples can enter the Air New Zealand competition at flyingsocialnetwork.com — deadline is July 26.