The Australian airline Qantas announced that a seven-hour scenic “flight to nowhere” that will take off and land at the same airport in the midst of interstate travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, sold out in 10 minutes, according to a report.
The unusual flight is scheduled to depart from Sydney on October 10 and return the same day, which definitely does not stop, while, among other things, offering passengers a beautiful view of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.
Buyers quickly snatched the 134 vacancies at a price between $ 575 and $ 2,765 depending on the seating class, a Qantas spokeswoman told Reuters. Passengers are set to travel on a wide-body Boeing 787 normally used for long-distance international travel.
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“This is probably the fastest-selling flight in Qanta’s history,” the spokeswoman added. “People definitely miss travel and the experience of flying. If the demand is there, we will definitely look into making more of these scenic flights while we all wait for the borders to open. ”
Last month, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline ran 20% of its total jobs over the summer, and the coronavirus pandemic has “provided the worst trading conditions in our 100-year history.”
He added: “To put it simply, we are an airline that can not really fly many places – at least for now.”
Other airlines have offered similar sightseeing flights in Asia, as the region has seen a 97.5% drop in international travel amid tougher border restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.
Airlines in Taiwan and Japan recently conducted similar flights to give customers pleasure in flights and help with steep revenue declines.
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Chen Shu Tze, 44, an engineer from Taipei, signed up for an upcoming Tigerair Taiwan plane expected to leave the city and circle over South Korea’s Jeju island, the news organization reported.
Tze said she signed up because of her recent lack of flights and because the flight – which cost $ 236 – included a one-year coupon for return tickets from Taiwan to Korea.
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“The pandemic is having a devastating effect on the tourism and aviation industry, so I want to help boost the economy and I miss flying,” she told Reuters.