Yes. We all miss travel. Airlines are coming up with many methods to bring in some revenue, and Singapore Airlines is one of them.
Singapore Airlines is looking to launch flights to nowhere by end October 2020 that will depart and land back at Singapore Changi Airport.
Sources told The Straits Times that the national carrier is working towards launching this option for domestic passengers - dubbed “flights to nowhere” - by end-October.
They said SIA also plans to explore a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board to allow interested passengers to partially pay for such flights with tourism credits that will be given out by the government.
Each flight is expected to take 3 hours and the A350-900 is likely to be the aircraft that will be used for these flights. Such flights may be bundled up with staycation packages, limousines to the airport and shopping vouchers at the Jewel Changi Airport.
A number of airlines, such as Qantas, ANA, EVA Air and Starlux has come up with similar concepts.
For example, EVA Air, recently operated a celebratory flight last month for Father’s Day. The particular flight, which took passengers around Taiwan (before making a thumbs up shape in the sky), was serviced by EVA Air’s popular Hello Kitty A330-300.
Another example is ANA, which operated a 1.5 hour scenic flight around Tokyo, Japan with it’s Flying Honu Airbus A380-800 aircraft (this aircraft only operates flights to Hawaii!).
On the other hand, Qantas today launched a 7 hour scenic flight operated by it’s Boeing 787 aircraft over Australia’s Outback and Great Barrier Reef. Tickets was sold out within 10 minutes.
There were mixed reactions on such flights and a number of concerns were on how environmentally friendly such flights would be.
As seen in the images above, people have expressed concern about citing unnecessary carbon emissions and its contributions to the ongoing climate crisis as the main points of contention.
I personally am not against airlines launching such flights and I’m all for it as I see this as a chance for airlines to generate some revenue while bringing its aircraft out in the air, and for pilots to be able to fly aircrafts again instead of spending time flying in a simulator. After all, though such flights may not be environmentally friendly, aircraft cannot simply stay on the ground as it is meant for the air and not the ground. Aircraft staying put on the ground also need to be maintained in good shape until it is ready to fly again and that costs money too… Pilots cannot be taking no pay leave forever, and airlines cannot survive without revenue.
What do you think? Would you be interested in paying for such flights? Let me know below :)