The saying “there’s nowhere to go but up” just got a lot more real.
Australia’s Qantas Airways has designed a “scenic joy flight,” which departs from Sydney and lands in Sydney, for fliers who are missing the excitement of travel.
Qantas says it’s offering a “Great Southern Land scenic flight” using its state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is usually reserved for long-haul international flights. Because of the pandemic, the airline is using its biggest-windowed plane to offer guests the chance to essentially hover over low-level flyby areas.
Australian destinations include Queensland, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Byron Bay, and the Sydney Harbour.
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“Relax in the sky in Qantas pyjamas as your flight makes its way around the country with a few surprises along the way,” says the airline’s website.
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And while the QF787 flight departs out of Sydney Domestic Airport on Saturday, October 10, tickets for the nowhere flight sold out in 10 minutes, according to a Qantas rep.
A spokesperson for the Australian airline told Daily Hive it might be the fastest-selling flight in Qantas’ 99-year history.
“Thanks to everyone’s amazing support, the flight is sold out,” she said.
Technically, the flight is round-trip and it includes lunch, a surprise celebrity in-flight emcee, a commemorative flight certificate, a gift bag, and Qantas pyjamas.
The airlines says while the risk of COVID-19 in-flight transmission remains “extremely low,” it has introduced a range of measures to ensure a safe environment on board.
Passengers won’t be able to swap seats once onboard and in-flight entertainment won’t be offered.
But come on, you’re flying for the first time in a while — look out the window!