The Australian airline Qantas, strongly impacted by the Covid-19, ensures that this is one of the fastest sales in its history, reports ABC.
Proof of the formula’s current popularity, a « to nowhere » sightseeing flight by Qantas sold out in 10 minutes, the airline said, at a time when Australia has ground nearly all international flights to a standstill.
As global travel restrictions cripple airline activity, the invitation to take a flight just for the thrills of it and not for the purpose of reaching a destination has proven to be a success for Qantas. In about ten minutes, 130 tickets for a flight to nowhere were sold. « It is possibly the best-selling flight in Qantas history, » airline CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. “People clearly miss out on traveling and experiencing the airplane experience. If the demand is there, we will certainly consider doing more of these scenic flights as we all wait for the borders to open. The seven-hour scenic flight will complete a giant loop crossing Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales, and the remote hinterlands.
Singapore Airlines has also announced plans to operate passenger flights to nowhere, Straits Time reported a week ago. All Nippon Airways (ANA) has similarly sold tickets for a charter flight to nowhere, while two Taiwanese carriers have launched similar campaigns – Starlux Airlines has launched a ‘pretending to go abroad’ trip and EVA Airways Corp. took up all 309 seats on a special Father’s Day.