(CNN) – Before the pandemic, many of us saw flying simply as a method of moving from one destination to another as quickly as possible.
But against the backdrop of global constraints, passengers dreamed not only of remote destinations, but also of the flight experience itself – from the thrill of takeoff to the incomparable views of the Earth from the cockpit window.
That’s where “flights to nowhere” come from – air travel, which is done purely for the purpose of travel, not a destination.
“This is perhaps the fastest-selling flight in Qantas history,” Alan Joyce, the airline’s chief executive, said in a statement.
“People are obviously missing out on travel and trying to fly. If the demand is there, we will definitely consider doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for the borders to open.”
The seven-hour scenic flight will make a giant cycle in Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the remote hearts of the country.
From above, avid pilots should be able to spot famous Australian attractions, including Sydney Harbor and the Great Barrier Reef. The plane will fly low over certain landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.
Special entertainment on board is also promised, including a surprising celebrity host.
The trip will take a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, usually reserved for intercontinental travel across continents. There are currently very few flights to and from Australia due to travel restrictions and Qantas’ international fleet has been established.
The Dreamliner is known for its large windows, making it ideal for sightseeing of 30,000 feet.
Flight QF787, scheduled to depart for Sydney Domestic Airport on October 10 and return to the Australian metropolis seven hours later, had 134 tickets on sale – covering business class, premium economy and economy and costing from AUD 787 to 3,787 USD (566 USD to 2,734 USD).
A new trend
Nowhere fast: Qantas sells sightseeing tickets with the 787 Dreamliner.
Courtesy of Qantas
Across Asia, where most borders remain closed, restricting recreational tourism, there have recently been a number of non-destination flights.
And on September 19, a scenic flight from Taipei Airport is scheduled to depart, offering 120 Taiwanese tourists the opportunity to see the South Korean island of Jeju from the sky.
The trip should be an experience in itself, according to a press release from the Korean Tourism Organization, offering an in-flight quiz and local cuisine.
From an environmental point of view, the proposal to fly anywhere is not potentially controversial.
However, all airlines operate their scenic flights with Covid-19 regulations in place.