SAS was the first airline in the world to carry out same-sex weddings in the air

On December 6 2010, SAS became the first airline in the world to carry out both a gay and lesbian wedding in the air, onboard SK903 between Stockholm and New York.

SAS along with other airlines had organized weddings onboard flights for decades, but this was the first time in the world a same-sex couple married in the air. The unique flight followed the airline’s hugely successful social media campaign “Love is in the air” where over 300 couples competed to be the first same-sex couple in the air.

German couple Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee won the competition and thereby became the first same-sex couple to get married in the air, in a ceremony that took place 7,000m above Borlänge in Sweden, about 15 minutes into the flight. Minutes later, Polish couple Ewa Tomaszewicz and Gosia Rawińska became the first lesbian couple to get wed in the air.

“We are extremely proud to be the first airline to host not only the world’s first mid-air same-sex wedding, but both the first gay and first lesbian wedding. As the national airline of the world’s three most progressive countries, which were the first to legalize same-sex marriages, we felt it was completely natural to also be the first with this,” said Anders Lindström, SAS’ PR Director at the time.

The wedding took place onboard SK903 between Stockholm and New York, and was followed by a wedding reception in New York.

The florist who was in charge of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel’s wedding the same year, made the flower arrangements onboard as well as the wedding bouquets. They also transformed SAS’ lounges at Stockholm airport into a wedding lounge.

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