Qantas airline It sold all seats on Thursday in 10 minutes for a “flight to nowhere” that will fly over some of Australia’s main tourist attractions for seven hours on October 10, 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 and the Great Barrier Reef on October 10, Qantas detailed in a statement.
The flight in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, 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 who reside in the 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 were selling for between $ 572 (486 euros) and $ 2,754 (2,341 euros) and were sold out in 10 minutes.
The flight is “probably in that fastest sold in Qantas history “said a company spokeswoman.
Qantas has also decided to resume the 12-hour journeys it previously offered from November to 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 studying outsource your services ashore 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 add 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.