So long did it take a flight with Qantas Airways to sell out.
A flight starting in Sydney flies for seven hours and returns to Sydney.
Welcome to the new world of flights to nowhere.
With the coronavirus pandemic still in vogue and travel restrictions in place, several airlines are catering to those still seeking to get on a plane by flying flights to nowhere. Qantas, Taiwan’s EVA, Singapore Airlines and Japan’s ANA have all either run flights for nothing or are about to have to.
For Qantas, the flight leaving Sydney was “probably the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history,” the airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said in a statement. “People clearly 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.”
According to CNN, the seven-hour scenic flight will perform a giant loop that takes in Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the country’s remote outback heartlands. Flyers need to be able to spot famous Aussie attractions, including Sydney Harbor and the Great Barrier Reef. The jet will make a low overflight over certain landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.
Special entertainment is also promised on board, including a surprising celebrity host.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner used is usually reserved for intercontinental travel across continents, and CNN noted that the aircraft is known for its large windows, making it ideal for sightseeing from 30,000 feet.
USA Today reported that Americans who want the same experience can do it – sort of. A company in California has offered its own nostalgic flights to nowhere called “The Pan Am Experience,” which takes passengers on simulated flights in the shell of the former 747, now used for movie sets.
Video: Travelers in Asia take off on ‘plane to nowhere’ (Reuters)
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