Join Asian Airlines Trend of Scene “Flights to Nowar” Amid Pandemic


Qantas said it would use a Boeing Co 787 to fly from Sydney. (File)

Sydney:

Qantas Airways Ltd said it would conduct a seven-hour scenic flight to Australia next month, marking the growing trend in Asia of “flights going nowhere” at the same airport.

According to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, stricter border restrictions to keep coronoviruses under control have led to international travel in 97.5% of the region.

Many aircraft passengers and aircraft, including Taiwan’s Eva Airways Corp. and Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc., are exempt from the aircraft, desperate for revenue and offering exclusive sightseeing to keep their pilots’ licenses operational. is.

Eva used one of its iconic Hello Kitty Levery planes for a special Father’s Day flight last month, while ANA used an Airbus SE A380 that would typically fly to Honolulu for 90 minutes. Flies for flight. A ticket costing approximately $ 228 for a flight from Taipei to TigerAir Taiwan, which will hit South Korea’s Jeju Island, reportedly sold out in four minutes

The price includes a one-year voucher for round-trip tickets from Taiwan to Korea, which can be used after the removal of the COVID-19 travel ban.

Singapore Airlines Limited is also considering scenic flights, but no decision has been made.

Kantas said it would use the Boeing 787 to fly long-haul international flights, usually from Sydney, to lower levels of Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbor before landing in Sydney. Tickets will cost between A $ 787 and A $ 3,787 ($ 575 and $ 2,765) depending on seating class.

Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said that six months ago, it would be inconceivable that Australians would be unable to travel by plane or could even travel out of the country or out of their own state due to border control and quarantine requirements. In a statement, he said, “Although we can’t take you overseas right now, we can certainly provide inspiration for future trips to some of Australia’s most beautiful destinations.”

The flight will be carbon offset and operate on a cost-neutral basis, Qantas said, with some concerns being raised on social media over the environmental impact of such flights. The concept of sightseeing is not new.

Antarctica Flights has rented a Kentas jet for scenic flights over Antarctica for 26 years.

In 1979, an Air New Zealand Limited sightseeing trip over Antarctica crashed at Mount Erebus, killing all 257 people.

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