Dressed in a sequin catsuit with towering stilettos and a pink mane of hair, Vinegar was not your average air hostess.
The way the drag queen sashayed down the aisle, pausing to strike a pose, certainly provided more service than the hot beverage and bag of nuts ordinarily given to passengers on a domestic flight.
But Air Mofo is no ordinary airline. Nor were the 150 passengers - wearing yellow t-shirts bearing the imaginary airline’s logo and the slogan “nobody flies higher” - it ferried from Melbourne to Launceston for this year’s MONA FOMA festival.
After a decade based in Hobart, the summer arts and music festival crossed the James Boag-Cascade divide that separates the north and south of Tasmania.
With tequila cocktails liberally dispensed hours before the midday flight was due to depart, the atmosphere was convivial among passengers.
Amelia Anderson was one of the 25 people who had won festival tickets and seats on the flight for herself and her friends.
Originally from Hobart, Ms Anderson, 26, had flown from the Sunshine Coast with five friends to join the flight in Melbourne after winning a competition with an entry that embraced the abrasive humour typical of the Museum of Old and New Art.
“So we said something like ‘Lonnie’s got a bad smog problem now. Wait ‘till we light that s--- up’,” she said.
Ms Anderson, 28, said she loved MONA, the art museum founded by David Walsh, which she said had transformed the state.
“It’s made it a much better place, especially for young people,” she said. “It used to be really uncool to be Tasmanian. Now I feel cool when I say I’m from here.”
Ms Anderson said she hoped MONA FOMA would improve the fortunes of Launceston in the same way it had bolstered Hobart.
Melbourne’s inclement weather did its best to cast a shadow on the flight, but after a one-hour delay Air Mofo took to the sky with Vinegar and her opera singing, big-haired colleague Rochelle providing the in-flight entertainment during the short hop across Bass Strait.
Seat pockets contained a purple “fully sick bag” and instruction sheet on “How to Launceston”, with tips such as “Do not pet the monkeys. They have STDs” and “If it’s weird, it’s probably art.”
At Launceston airport, passengers were greeted with champagne and oysters as well as festival curator Brian Ritchie and a beaming deputy mayor Danny Gibson - a lovely display of hospitality that other cities could learn from.
Cr Gibson said visitors had to abide by three rules during their visit: “You’ve got to have fun, you’ve got to spend money and you’ve got to visit the monkeys in City Park.”