During the pandemic when travelling is restricted and most airlines and flights have been grounded, many are resorting to the flights to nowhere trend. Australian airline giant Qantas is the latest to launch one.
The Qantas flight to nowhere travels across Australia and flies over some of the most iconic sightseeing destinations like Gold Coast Beach, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor, New South Wales and the country's remote outback heartlands.
The trip will be made on a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, usually reserved for intercontinental journeys across continents. On the flight, passengers will get several onboard special entertainment services.
And it looks like people are really tired of sitting at home and just want to get the feel of flying again. Even if they don't get anywhere. Flight QF787, due to depart Sydney Domestic Airport on October 10 and return to the Australian metropolis seven hours later, has proven quite popular. The 134 tickets, spanning business class, premium economy and economy and costing from AUD$787 to $3,787 (US$566 to $2,734) was reportedly snapped up in just 10 minutes.
Prior to Qantas, Taiwan&rsquos EVA Air and Japan&rsquos All Nipon Airways (ANA) had followed this trend. EVA Air offered a one-off journey on August 8, on board its Hello Kitty-themed A330 Dream jet. ANA operated a short scenic flight in Japan in August, which the airline said sought to replicate "the Hawaiian resort experience," with 300 travelers boarding the 1.5 hour flight.