Qantas says “flight to nowhere” is one of the fastest-selling in the airline’s history. All the flights were sold in up to 10 minutes.
The Australian flag carrier decided to launch a seven-hour scenic route around the country. However, this flight will take off from and land in Sydney, amid ongoing travel restrictions.
However, the flight will depart on 10 October and it will not stop anywhere. But it will give the passengers the change to enjoy views over Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and other landmarks.
There were 134 seats up for grabs on the Boeing 787 aircraft. And the price is between $575 (£445) and $2,765 (£2,145) depending on the class of ticket.
“It’s probably the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history,” said a Qantas spokesperson.
In addition, he said, “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.”
However, the airline has also arranged separate “joy flights” to take place to Antarctica.
There are some planes which are specially set up for the UK-Australia nonstop route. However, Qantas will have a nonstop 13 hour round trips from Melbourne, organized by Antarctica Flights.
Passengers can pay upwards of A $1,199 (£656) for a 13-hour flight to the frozen continent and back.
But, in this route, most of the journey is over sea. There will be around one-third of the journey which will be above the Antarctic continent.
However, “While over Antarctica, most passengers get up from their seats and move about the aircraft. Allowing everyone on board to enjoy excellent viewing opportunities,” says the company.
“The aircraft flies in long sweeping ‘figure-eights’ over various points of interest to allow these spectacular sights to be viewed from both sides of the aircraft.”
But environmental campaigners have been highly critical of the “flights to nowhere” concept.
“It’s a real indication of our addiction to flying that we would board a flight to nowhere,” Anna Hughes, director of Flight Free UK, says.
“We’re often told that we can’t live without flights. Because of what they give us in terms of experiencing and understanding other places and cultures. But all these flights give us is a shedload of emissions. Something we can do well without at this crucial time for the climate.”
No Flights To Australia
However, these kinds of trips became popular as Australia is currently not operating any travel. All inbound and outbound travelers bar Australian citizens, residents, and immediate family members.
International travel is also at a halt unless the government gives the citizens an exemption.
Qantas has previously said that it will not fly to any international routes before the second half of 2021. However, it will possibly fly to New Zealand.