With many borders closed, some people have missed the experience of flying, so much so they have bought tickets for flights that will land in the same place they left a few hours earlier.
Some airlines call them “scenic flights“; others, like Qantas Airways, call them “flights to nowhere” and have announced that this seven-hour flight that will take off and land at the same airport, has been sold out in just 10 minutes.
This unusual flight is scheduled to take off in Sydney on October 10 and return the same day and to the same airport, making no stops. The airline has guaranteed passengers an unrivaled experience, with spectacular low-level panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef, the red monolith of Uluru and the Whitsundays Islands, among other places.
“It is probably the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history. People miss the trip and the experience of flying. If there is demand, we will definitely see the possibility of making more of these flights while we wait for the borders to open,” said a Qantas spokesperson.
Passengers quickly grabbed hold of the 134 available seats, priced from $575 to $2,765, depending on the class. They will travel aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is known for having one of the largest windows among all commercial aircraft, which will allow them to have a better view, in addition, they will enjoy an exquisite menu made by the famous Australian chef Neil Perry.
Qantas has also resumed from November the 12-hour routes that they previously offered to fly over Antarctica aboard Boeing 787 aircraft, as a measure to mitigate the economic crisis due to COVID-19, keep its staff working and not store their planes on the ground.
“Many of our frequent flyers are used to flying every two weeks and have told us they miss both the travel experience and the destinations themselves,” said Alan Joyce.
Qantas Airways CEO as he explained why this experience satisfies the urge. to travel, even when it is only a matter of getting back on a plane with no destination.