Travel the sky for fun. From October 10, the loyal passengers of the Australian airline Qantas will be able to take to the skies again. For this "panoramic" trip without "no passport or quarantine (are) required", the departure will be at Sydney airport and arrival at Sydney airport. Still, the 134 tickets sold out in less than ten minutes.
A tour of Australia's most iconic sites
“It's probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” said Australian CEO Alan Joyce. In question? Frustrated people lacking pressurized cabins. The idea may sound a bit offbeat except that it works. For a ticket of 500 to 3,000 euros, passengers can enjoy a sightseeing tour, at low altitude, for 7 hours. The scenic flight will fly over the Great Barrier Reef, the sacred rock of Uluru, and pass through the Oceanian gems of the continent.
A booming business
Qantas is just one example and is just riding the nowhere flight trend, after China Airlines and Eva Air. Singapore Airlines should get started soon as well. The idea was to compensate for the monstrous losses in turnover (on average 50%) due to the closure of the borders. In July 2020, the Taiwanese company, China Airlines, had offered its passengers the experience of a “fake” flight with a passage through customs and checked baggage. Without even the plane leaving the airport… In August, the company readjusted the experience with two real flights from Taipei. The same month, Eva Air offered a trip in the colors of the fictional character for children, Hello Kitty, with a meal made by a starred chef. All the tickets of these companies, at cost of 400 to 2000 euros, have been sold.
A polluting whim
The plane being one of the champions of pollution, the idea of these trips is not to everyone's taste. “Well done Qantas. Perhaps your seven-hour aimless journey will provide a panoramic view of the impacts of global warming, while the plane spits carbon emissions,” one Internet user quipped on Twitter. Thus, in Singapore, a call for citizens' contributions at the initiative of environmental associations brought to light around a hundred counter-proposals for Singapore Airlines to be able to collect income, without having to take off its planes. On the other hand, the Australian company Qantas has promised to pay offsets for its carbon emissions. The circle is complete.