Economy3 hours ago (Sep 16, 2020 08: 20PM ET)
© Reuters. Workers are considered arrangement Qantas Airways, Australia’s national carrier, Boeing 737-800 plane on the tarmac at Adelaide Airport
By Jamie Freed
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd (AX:) said on Thursday it can perhaps operate a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia next month, collectively with to a rising pattern in Asia of “flights to nowhere” that take off and land on the identical airport.
Sharp border restrictions to protect the coronavirus below control beget led to a 97.5% plunge in world commute within the save, in step with the Association of Asia Pacific Airways.
Many frequent flyers miss getting on planes and airlines collectively with Taiwan’s EVA Airways Corp (TW:) and Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc (T:), desperate for earnings and to protect their pilots’ licences most standard, beget equipped special sightseeing flights.
EVA worn one amongst its iconic Hello Kitty livery planes for a diversified father’s day flight final month, while ANA worn an Airbus SE (PA:) A380 that on the total flies to Honolulu for a 90-minute flight with a Hawaiian trip on board.
Tickets costing around $228 for a Tigerair Taiwan flight from Taipei that will circle over South Korea’s Jeju Island reportedly sold out in four minutes. The price involves a one-year voucher for spherical-commute tickets from Taiwan to Korea, that might be worn after COVID-19 commute bans are lifted.
Singapore Airways Ltd (SI:) is furthermore bearing in thoughts scenic flights, however no decision has been made, a spokesman said.
Qantas said it can perhaps exercise a Boeing Co (N:) 787 in most cases worn for lengthy-haul world flights for the flight from Sydney that will soar at low levels over Uluru, the Big Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour sooner than touchdown support in Sydney. Tickets will designate between A$787 and A$3,787 ($575 and $2,765) looking out on the seating class.
Correct six months ago, it can perhaps were incredible that Australians would be unable to hop on a plane and commute international and even out of their have notify consequently of frame controls and quarantine requirements, Chief Govt Alan Joyce said.
“While we’d no longer be in a dwelling to take you in one other nation correct now, we are able to definitely present inspiration for future journeys to a pair of Australia’s most ravishing destinations,” he said in an announcement.
The flight might be carbon offset and operate on a designate-fair foundation, Qantas said, amid some concerns being raised on social media over the environmental affect of such flights.
The belief of scenic flights is no longer unique. Antarctica Flights has chartered Qantas jets for scenic flights over Antarctica for 26 years. An Air Unusual Zealand Ltd (NZ:) sightseeing flight over Antarctica in 1979 crashed into Mount Erebus, killing all 257 of us on board.
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