Qantas publicizes ‘flight to someplace’
(CNN) – Following its hugely successful “Flight to Nowhere” campaign, Australian national airline Qantas has launched an even bigger treat – flights to anywhere.
With aviation largely ceased worldwide and many national borders closed, airlines had to get creative during downtime.
Qantas’ cheeky “flight to somewhere” is aimed at Australian travelers who cannot leave the country but still want to get off and go on vacation.The program includes a 24-hour short break from Sydney to Uluru with sightseeing and a hotel stay. It will take place from December 5th to 6th.A Qantas press release explains the schedule: Travelers leave Sydney at 8 a.m. and then head for the Northern Territory. As soon as visitors arrive at Uluru, they can experience the “Field of Light” exhibition at night, eat a three-course meal under the stars and hear about the history and significance of Uluru from members of the indigenous community.That night, guests will stay at Sails in the Desert, an upscale resort nearby. Wake up early, but well worth it as the group can watch the sun rise over Uluru and then enjoy brunch before getting back on the plane and returning to Sydney.
The light field pictured on Uluru.
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On Qantas’ “Flight to Nowhere,” a seven-hour sightseeing tour of the country, aviators were able to get incredible views of destinations – including Uluru and Sydney Harbor – as the plane flew lower than usual. Despite some concerns about CO2 emissions, the idea caught on with travelers and tickets were sold out within half an hour.
The low-flying planes will also be part of the “flight to anywhere”. Fly-bys are conducted at the start and end of the trip, allowing passengers to enjoy aerial views of these famous Australian landmarks.
The flight from Sydney to Uluru, which takes approximately three and a half hours, takes a route normally operated by Qantas’ own low-cost airline, Jetstar. It has been on hiatus since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Uluru, formerly known by the colonial name of Ayers Rock, is sacred to the Aboriginal people. It has a special meaning for the Anangu who have a long historical connection to the place.
It was officially closed to climbers in October 2019, sparking a wave of last-minute trips. In a typical year without a pandemic, more than 300,000 people visited Uluru annually. The rock measures 1,142 feet tall, making it taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Economy rate packages for the “Fly To Anywhere” experience cost AU $ 2,449 (USD 1,730) and a Business Class package is $ 3,999 (2,286). Travelers earn Qantas points from the experience but cannot use them to book it.
CNN’s Hilary Whiteman contributed to the coverage.