Qantas has announced the launch of ‘flights to somewhere’ for adventurers who are missing travelling.
Passengers on board will be treated to a champagne breakfast and sightseeing opportunities as the aircraft will fly on low-level circuits.
Unfortunately the flights won’t be open for Brits, as they’re only open to travellers in Australia, where the country is slowly relaxing domestic border restrictions.
The first ‘flight to somewhere’ will operate between Sydney and the iconic site Uluru, with 110 passengers on board a Qantas 737.
However, passengers are not just getting an in-flight experience.
The package actually also includes an overnight stay at Ayers Rock Resort’s premier hotel, Sails in the Desert.
Oh, and that stay comes with 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.
Fares for the experience start from $2,499 per person (approximately £1,356) in economy.
Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce said that currently services across Qantar and Jetstar are operating at under 30% of pre-Covid domestic capacity, but that there are 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.
The flight sold out in 10 minutes.
It’s 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, complete with its in-flight menu. Diners could choose between economy, business or first class dining.
Thai Airways also opted for a similar concept when it 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 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.
Visit the Qantas website for latest updates on its flights and schedule.
Although Australia is currently exempt from the FCDO advice against non-essential travel, the country has closed its borders to foreign visitors. You can find out more and get the latest updates in the FCDO Australia advice.