That’s the time it took for a flight on Qantas Airways to sell.
A flight that takes off in Sydney, flies for seven hours and returns to Sydney.
Welcome to the new world of Flights To Nowhere.
With the coronavirus pandemic still mad and travel restrictions in place, several airlines are catering to those still looking to get on a plane while flying to nowhere. Qantas, Taiwan’s EVA, Singapore Airlines, and Japan’s ANA have all flown to nowhere or are about to do so.
For Qantas, the flight that left Sydney was “possibly the best-selling flight in Qantas history,” airline CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. “People are clearly missing out on traveling and experiencing the airplane. If the demand is there, we will certainly consider doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for the borders to open. ”
According to CNN, the seven-hour scenic flight will complete a giant loop crossing Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the country’s remote outback areas. Travelers should be able to spot famous Australian attractions, including Sydney Harbor and the Great Barrier Reef. The jet will perform a low-level flyover over some landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.
Special on-board entertainment is also promised, including a surprise celebrity.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner used is typically reserved for intercontinental travel across continents, and CNN noted that the aircraft is known for its large windows, making it ideal for sightseeing at 30,000 feet.
USA Today reported that Americans who want the same experience can – sort of. A California company offers its own nostalgic flights to nowhere called “The Pan Am Experience,” which take passengers on simulated flights in the hull of the old 747 that is now used for movie sets.
Video: Asian travelers take “flights to nowhere” (Reuters)
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