The airline Qantas sold this Thursday in 10 minutes all seats for a “Flight to nowhere” which will fly over some of the main tourist attractions of Australia, in response to the 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 an airplane Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 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 “COVID pockets” when they travel to another state.
Tickets for this flight, which features the menu of the famous Australian media chef Neil perryThey 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,” a company spokeswoman told Efe.
Qantas has also decided to resume from November the 12-hour journeys that it previously offered for a fly over Antarctica aboard Boeing 787 aircraft as a measure to mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19.
In late 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.