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Interesting. My first thoughts went back to TE901(Air New Zealand) in November of 1979 and the Mt. Erebus disaster. Initial investigation and conclusion of pilot error was later found to be false and a correction of a waypoint in the flight planning computer was not giving to the crew.  I bit of a watershed accident for sure....

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And now a 7 hour flight to no where. It evidently sold out in 10minutes.


Qantas Sells Out 7 Hour Flight To Nowhere In 10 Minutes
Joanna Bailey
September 17, 2020

When Qantas planned its own flight to nowhere, sightseeing around Australia’s greatest landmarks, it was uncertain just how well the tickets would sell. Seven hours on a Dreamliner is a long time to end up right back where you started. Nevertheless, the sale went live at midday today. Ten minutes later, all the tickets had sold, making this the ‘fastest-selling flight in Qantas history,’ according to the airline.

The Qantas flight to nowhere sold out in 10 minutes. 
Flights to nowhere have become all the rage as border restrictions hamper our ability to travel far from home. Many Asian airlines have offered these types of flights, and all have reported being oversubscribed for the trip, often running raffles to allocate seats. But that’s Asia, and those flights were just a couple of hours long.

When Qantas stepped up with a seven-hour Dreamliner experience around Australia, there was some speculation about how popular it would be. After all, if you spend seven hours on a plane, you kind of want to be somewhere else when you disembark. Still, Qantas thought a sky-high tour of some of Australia’s best-loved beauty spots would be worth a shot.

The flights, due to take place on October 10th, will take joyriders from Sydney on a sightseeing trip around the nation. On the list are Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the Whitsundays, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Tickets were priced with a nod to the Dreamliner, at AU$787 in economy, AU$1787 for premium economy or AU$3787 for a business class seats. They went on sale at 12:00 Sydney time today, but did anyone want them?


Qantas 787 business class
Business class could be enjoyed for just under AU$4,000. Photo: Qantas
The fastest-selling flight in history
Turns out, everyone wanted them. Ticket sales began at midday, and by ten past, all had been sold. The speed at which the flight sold out surpassed even Qantas’ expectations.

A Qantas spokesperson commented to Simple Flying this morning,

“We knew it would be popular, but we didn’t expect it to sell out in ten minutes. It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history.”

Just 149 happy joyriders managed to nab tickets for the trip, which will include breakfast in the Qantas lounge with live entertainment, as well as a goody bag in flight. Everyone on the plane will also get some iconic ‘flying kangaroo’ pajamas, although they likely won’t need them for the seven-hour trip. They’ll also get exclusive access to a pre-flight auction of memorabilia from the recently-retired Qantas 747 fleet.

A Qanatas 787 Dreamliner
The trip will take in some of the most loved sights in Australia. Photo: Qantas
With Australia’s international borders closed, this is as close as Aussies are likely to come to an exotic trip this year. Qantas is pushing for a relaxation of border restrictions and is keen to get at least the domestic borders opened in time for Christmas. Nevertheless, given the popularity of this flight to nowhere, the airline isn’t ruling out doing more flights without borders. Their spokesperson said,

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