Australian’s are unable to go on international flights due to coronavirus travel restrictions, but this hasn’t stopped Qantas airlines from offering its customers the chance to enjoy a 7 hour flight, despite there being no real end destination.
The Qantas flight to nowhere will see Boeing 787 Dreamliner, known for its large windows, take ‘travellers’ on a 7 hour journey around Australia. The flight will take place at an altitude of around 30,000 feet to give passengers a good view of their surroundings, according to reports from CNN.
Once airborne, the passengers will be flown over some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, along with experiencing a low fly-over of Bondi Beach and Uluru, a huge sandstone monolith located in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. Passengers can also enjoy special onboard entertainment and a potential supersize celebrity guest.
While the idea of taking a flight to nowhere may seem odd at first, Fox news reports that tickets for this unique flight managed to sell out in 10 minutes. According to a spokesman for FOX news, “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.”
A sightseeing flight to nowhere offered by Qantas sold out within 10 minutes, according to the airline, with passengers eager to take to the skies at at time when Australia has grounded almost all international flights paying premium prices. https://t.co/tcxMmdpLcg
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) September 18, 2020
Tickets for the Flight to nowhere range between R9 100 to R44 000 depending on the class you choose, with the first flight scheduled to take off on 10 October 2020.
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