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Travel Numerous Airlines Now Offering Flights to Nowhere

20:15  19 september  2020
20:15  19 september  2020 Source:   travelpulse.com

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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 running amok and travel restrictions in place, several airlines are catering to those still seeking to get in an airplane by running flights to

Some airlines are so desperate to retake the skies that they are now offering sightseeing trips that begin and end at the same airport. I used to fly four or five times a year and have never enjoyed anything about an airport except leaving it. Qantas airline ’s seven-hour “ flight to nowhere ” sold out

a plane in the water: Qantas Airbus 380 jet over Sydney Harbor © Qantas Airways Qantas Airbus 380 jet over Sydney Harbor

Ten minutes.

That’s how long it took a flight on Qantas Airways to sell out.

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 running amok and travel restrictions in place, several airlines are catering to those still seeking to get in an airplane by running flights to nowhere. Qantas, Taiwan’s EVA, Singapore Airlines and Japan’s ANA have all either run flights to nowhere or are about to.

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Singapore Air Charter, a company that arranges private flights , conducted a survey with 308 respondents and found that 75 percent were willing to pay for flights to nowhere , The Independent reported. Singapore Airlines is not the only airline offering flights with no destination.

Taipai Songshan Airport began offering passengers a trip to nowhere in early July, and received about 7,000 interested guests, New York Post reported. Those who were selected for the phony flight received boarding passes and continued through the typical security process they would if traveling

For Qantas, the flight that left Sydney was “probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history," the airline's CEO, Alan Joyce, said in a statement. "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."

According to CNN, the seven-hour scenic flight will perform a giant loop taking in Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the country's remote outback heartlands. Fliers should be able to spot famous Aussie attractions including Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef. The jet will do a low flyover over certain landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.

Special onboard entertainment is promised too, including a surprise celebrity host.

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They’ve been dubbed “ flights to nowhere .” On Sunday, Sept. 13, The Straits Times reported that Singapore Airlines is Specific details have not been finalized but the package could reportedly include staycation offers , shopping Singapore Air Charter, a company that arranges private flights

Airlines desperate for revenue but hampered by the entangled web of international travel restrictions have turned to “ flights to nowhere ” for cash. Two carriers in Taiwan are the latest to offer ‘flightseeing’ trips to passengers keen to break the monotony of lockdown

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner being used is usually reserved for intercontinental journeys across continents, and CNN noted that the aircraft is renowned for its big windows, making it ideal for sightseeing from 30,000 feet.

USA Today reported that Americans who want the same experience can do so – sort of. A California business has been offering its own nostalgic flights to nowhere called "The Pan Am Experience," which takes passengers on simulated flights in the shell of former 747 that's now used for movie sets.


Video: Asia travellers snap up 'flights to nowhere' (Reuters)

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