The fastest-selling flight in history has no destination.
Qantas announced that a seven-hour “flight to nowhere,” which will take off and land at the same airport due to coronavirus travel restrictions, sold out in 10 minutes.
Tickets for the flight, which will depart Sydney on October 10 and return on the same day, making no stops, were priced between $787 AUD for economy and $3,787 AUD for business class.
Passengers are promised low-level scenic views over Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, among many other spots.
“It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” a Qantas spokeswoman said. “People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying. If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”
The 149 passengers will also enjoy breakfast in the Qantas lounge with live entertainment and an amenities kit including ‘flying kangaroo’ pyjamas.
Qantas says the flight “will be carbon offset and operate on a cost neutral basis.”
Flights to nowhere are becoming more popular among airlines as travel demand has slumped to its lowest levels on record.
Many airlines in Asia have started regular trips to boost revenue during these challenging times.