‘Flight To Nowhere’
Written by Rika C on September 22, 2020
Earlier this week, Australian airline Qantas announced they were selling tickets for a 7-hour scenic “flight to nowhere.” Since going on sale, passes quickly sold out in just 10 minutes. In an attempt to offer travel-hungry passengers a trip amid the coronavirus travel restrictions, Qantas began offering the scenic, nonstop flight that departs from and lands back in Sydney, and provides passengers with a low-level scenic view of the country’s popular vacation destinations; like the Great Barrier Reef and the Uluru. The sold-out flight is scheduled for departure on October 10 and will seat 134 passengers aboard a Boeing 787 plane. Meanwhile, tickets were priced between $575 and $2,765, depending on the seating class. An airline spokesperson notes, “It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history. People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying. If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”In addition to this Australia airline’s idea, others in countries like Taiwan and Japan have also begun offering the same sightseeing flights to give citizens the pleasures of air travel amid pandemic restrictions.