Qantas ‘full-day’ flight to nowhere takes off to battle stoop

Qantas Airways launched a sight-seeing flight throughout Australia within the airline’s newest effort to cope with the affect of the pandemic on the tourism sector.

The “full-day outing” from Sydney took off on Saturday morning with 150 passengers and was scheduled to move over a few of the nation’s key landmarks, together with Uluru, the famed purple sandstone monolith within the Northern Territory, the service stated in a press release. The airline didn’t specify the length of the flight or when it’s scheduled to return to the identical airport.

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The plane will drop to four 000 toes at some factors in the course of the journey for a greater view, in contrast with 35 000 toes usually. The flight on a Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner, normally reserved for long-haul worldwide flights, will use offsets to account for its carbon emissions, Qantas stated.

Airways and tourism operators are grappling with a dramatic plunge in passenger visitors because of border closures, quarantine measures and curbs on motion. A 3rd of the world’s passenger jets stay grounded, whereas the variety of flights within the US is about half the overall a 12 months in the past and about 60% decrease in Europe, based on aviation knowledge supplier Cirium.

Qantas, which plans to chop as many as eight 500 jobs and is contemplating the way forward for its Sydney headquarters underneath a price evaluate, final month provided loaded bar carts from retired 747s for about A$1 474 ($1 067) every, and beforehand offered off shares of pyjamas.

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