Qantas sells Fly-Me-to-the-Moon tickets as Covid hangs out
Fly me to the Supermoon is the latest offering in airline rides to nowhere, featuring Qantas Airways Ltd. promising a night of cosmic cocktails and cakes aboard one of its Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners.
After scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback and Antarctica, Australia’s flagship carrier will start selling tickets from Wednesday for a May 26 trip to see the super moon rising, which also happens that evening to be a total lunar eclipse. A super moon is when a full moon occurs at the closest point to the Earth during its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter.
For A $ 1,499 ($ 1,170) for business class, passengers will meet in the Qantas Lounge in Sydney for drinks, canapes and entertainment before getting into the atmosphere for see the moon. The night flight will climb above any cloud cover and is expected to touch 43,000 feet, the maximum cruise altitude of a 787. Most passenger flights intersect at around 35,000 feet. An astronomer will be on board for comments and ideas.
Since Covid-19 forced the closing international borders, decimating travel, airlines have turned to a number of innovative ways to make a little more money. Several have offered flights to nowhere, but other gimmicks include dinners on an A380 from Singapore Airlines Ltd. and an ephemeral restaurant in Thai Airways International Pcl Headquarters in Bangkok. Qantas has also started selling its business class pajamas and the bar carts (fully stocked) of its 747 retirees.
However, the proceeds from these efforts will not do much to ease the more general pain in the industry. Carriers should lose $ 47.7 billion this year, the International Air Transport Association said last month, with the crisis “longer and deeper than anyone might have thought.”