Qantas Introduces ‘flights to somewhere’ Amid the Pandemic

Australian Airlines

Qantas is launching ‘flights to somewhere’ for people who are missing traveling and are eager to have some adventure. 

However, passengers on the aircraft will be treated to a champagne breakfast. Moreover, they will get a chance to enjoy the sightseeing experience as the aircraft will fly on low-level circuits. 

But, the British tourists will not be able to be a part of this experience as these flights are only open to travelers in Australia. However, the country is slowly reopening its domestic border restrictions. 

Flight Services 

However, the first ‘flight to somewhere’ will operate between Sydney and the iconic site Uluru, with 110 passengers onboard a Qantas 737. 

However, this is not the only experience that the passengers will be getting. The package actually also includes an overnight stay at Ayers Rock Resort’s premier hotel, Sails in the Desert. 

Moreover, travelers will get a stay with a three-course dinner under the stars. An Indigenous art workshop, a didgeridoo performance, and an Indigenous interpretation of the night sky. There will also be plenty of sightseeing including Uluru, the Muṯitjulu Waterhole, and Kata Tju t a. 

However, fares for the experience start from $2,499 per person (approximately £1,356) in the economy. 

Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce says that right now Qantas and Jetstar are operating under 30% of their pre-Covid domestic capacity. But the company hopes that relaxed restrictions could bolster this to 50%. 

Qantas had previously launched a ‘flight to nowhere’, a seven-hour flight that didn’t land anywhere but did fly by the likes of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Byron Bay, and Sydney Harbour. 

Whereas it became popular with the travel lovers and the flight sold out in 10 minutes. 

Airlines Transforming Aircrafts 

However, Qantas is not the only airline finding quirky ways to keep using its aircraft. 

Singapore Airlines transformed one of its A380 aircraft into a pop-up restaurant and offering its in-flight menu. Diners could choose between economy, business, or first-class dining. 

Similarly, Thai Airways also opened an aircraft themed restaurant in its Bangkok headquarters office. 

The airline transformed its canteen and kitted it out to look like the inside of one of its cabins. Diners sat in aircraft seats and tucked into dishes from the in-flight menus, on furniture that was made from old aircraft parts.

Although Australia is currently exempt from the FCDO advice against non-essential travel, the country has closed its borders to foreign visitors.

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