A new airbus set to begin service at WOW Air has been christened “TF-GAY”, in honour of gay rights.
In a new interview with GayIceland, WOW Air founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen explained the reasoning behind the decision.
“WOW air is an airline for the people and one of our most important tasks is to lower fares in order to enable everybody to travel the world and get to know different cultures,” he told reporters. “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. By making it possible for everybody to travel with us, we’ll hopefully manage to make the world slightly smaller, and better.”
The name, suggested to Skúli by one of the airline’s pilots, will be given to the first WOW Air plane to conduct flights between Iceland and San Francisco.
“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,” Skúli said, adding that many of their planes have names attributed to family roles, e.g., F-MOM, TF-DAD, TF-SIS, and TF-BRO. “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.”
WOW Air recently added three Airbus A220-300 jets to its current fleet. TF-GAY will be the first to come to Iceland, and is set to arrive in early March.