Qantas' 'flights to nowhere' tickets sell out in 10 minutes

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2020

Qantas says it's offering a "Great Southern Land scenic flight" using its state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is usually reserved for long-haul global flights.

Many frequent flyers miss getting on planes and airlines including Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp. and ANA Holdings Inc., desperate for revenue and to keep their pilots' licenses current, have offered special sightseeing flights.

On October 10, a Qantas "Flight To Nowhere" will take off from Sydney for a unique cross-borders scenic flight across NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The Qantas flight, in a Boeing Co.

The 134 available seats on offer quickly vanished at prices that ranged from $787 to $3,787 in Australian dollars, the equivalent of $575 and $2,765, according to Reuters.

"People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying", the spokesperson added.

A Qantas spokesperson said: "We knew this flight would be popular, but we didn't expect it to sell out in 10 minutes".

Departing from Sydney, the aircraft will head up the New South Wales coast and cross the Queensland border, passing the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast before continuing onto the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.

Tickets costing NT$6,888 (S$320) for a Tigerair Taiwan flight from Taipei that will circle South Korea's Jeju Island reportedly sold out in four minutes.

Tze said she signed up due to her recent lack of air travel and because the flight - which cost $236 - included a one-year voucher for round-trip tickets from Taiwan to Korea. But amid all this, many people around the world are simply missing the thrill of boarding the flight in anticipation of reaching somewhere.

All of the countries where the flights are on offer have relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases by global standards.

As well as this scenic flight, the airline is also going to be offering a number of "joy flights" that will give passengers a chance to see the frozen continent of Antarctica from the air.

"First, it encourages carbon-intensive travel for no good reason and second, it is merely a stop-gap measure that distracts from the policy and value shifts necessary to mitigate the climate crisis", said awareness group SG Climate Rally.

The flight will also feature a Neil Perry dining menu, a gift bag and a pre-flight auction of memorabilia from Qantas' recently retired fleet of 747 aircraft.

Planes specially acquired for the planned UK-Australia nonstop route are being redeployed by Qantas on 13-hour nonstop roundtrips from Melbourne, organised by Antarctica Flights.

The flight is essentially a seven-hour-long scenic journey that starts and ends at exactly the place that it took off.

Qantas says the plane will fly as low as 4,000 feet to get passengers as close as possible to these landmarks.

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