But as travel bans, closed borders and shelter-in-place orders confined many to our homes, some travellers have been daydreaming not only about the far-flung destinations now off limits, but the flying experience itself - from the thrill of the take-off to the unmatched views of the earth from above from the cabin window.
Mr Joyce also notes it's good to get his planes and people in the air working.
It will fly over Uluru, which is the iconic sandstone formation also known as Ayers Rock, before flying over the Great Barrier Reef and returning to Sydney. The jet will do a low flyover over certain landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.
Passengers will also enjoy onboard entertainment and a potential surprise celebrity guest.
"Just six months ago, we would have never imagined not being able to jump on a plane and visit family interstate or take a holiday internationally", he said.
A Qantas "border-free" seven-hour scenic flight set to traverse some of the most breath-taking parts of the country has sold out in just 10 minutes after launching this morning.
Tickets for the flight, named "Great Southern Land", went for between $787 and $3,787 depending on where you sit and what class you're in.Читайте также: First New Venus Mission to Hunt for Alien Life Already Planned
Across Asia, where the majority of borders remain closed, limiting leisure tourism, there have been a spate of recent flights with no destination.
Planes specially acquired for the planned UK-Australia nonstop route are being redeployed by Qantas on 13-hour nonstop roundtrips from Melbourne, organised by Antarctica Flights.
Tickets costing around $228 for a Tigerair Taiwan flight from Taipei that will circle over South Korea's Jeju Island reportedly sold out in four minutes.
"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 airline spokesperson added.
The Singapore carrier said it is considering several initiatives but no final decision has been made on whether to offer sightseeing flights. "Currently, none of these plans have been firmed up".
From an environmental perspective, the proposal of a flight to nowhere is potentially contentious.
But while there might be concerns about unnecessary fuel usage, COVID-19 worries might be mitigated by recent scientific studies that suggest the odds of catching the novel coronavirus on an airplane are less than you might think, due to the air ventilation systems.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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