On Thursday, Qantas airline sold all seats for a “flight to nowhere” that will fly over some of Australia’s main tourist attractions for seven hours in 10 minutes, in response to restrictions imposed on domestic and international routes. .
With many of the internal borders closed in the oceanic country, the Australian company offers this flight that departs and returns to Sydney to fly over the red monolith Uluru, the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef on October 10, Qantas detailed today in a statement.
The flight in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane, which is normally used on international routes, allows a trip to be made without the passenger having to carry out the 14-day quarantine that is imposed on people residing in so-called “hot spots covid “when they travel to another state.
Tickets for this flight, which features the menu of famous Australian media chef Neil Perry, sold for between $ 572 (486 euros) and $ 2,754 (2,341 euros) and sold out in 10 minutes.
The flight is “probably the fastest sold in the history of Qantas,” said a spokeswoman for the company. Qantas has also decided to resume the 12-hour routes that it previously offered to fly over Antarctica aboard Boeing 787 aircraft as of November as a measure to mitigate the economic effects of covid-19.
At the end of August, Qantas announced that it is considering outsourcing its ground services due to the sharp decline in its operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could lead to the elimination of another 2,500 jobs.
These cuts would be added to the reduction of 6,000 jobs that Australia’s largest airline announced last June as part of its restructuring plan due to the covid-19 crisis.