Backed by the success of its “flights to nowhere” earlier in October—tickets were sold out in a mere 10 minutes upon release, the Australian flag carrier has announced a series of “scenic getaway flights”. With more domestic borders open, these “flights to somewhere” will land at some of the country’s most beautiful destinations including Uluru, which is home to a massive sandstone monolith.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said: “In addition to the scenic flights, which will include low-level flybys, the national carrier is also offering overnight stays “to some of the most iconic Australian spots.”
Scheduled on December 5, the first of these “scenic getaway flights” will transport 110 passengers aboard a Qantas 737 from Sydney to Uluru. The experience starts off with a pre-flight lounge champagne breakfast, followed by a flight journey that boasts low-level flybys of Sydney Harbour on departure and low-level circuits to showcase a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta rock formations.
Guests will spend the night at Ayers Rock Resort’s premier hotel, Sails in the Desert, a 228-room property in the Australian outback, thanks to the airline’s partnership with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. During their stay, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner under the stars along with a didgeridoo (a wind instrument) and an indigenous interpretation of the night sky. They’ll also get to participate in an indigenous art workshop and chill out at the Field of Light, a large-scale light installation created by British artist Bruce Munro,
The next morning, passengers will watch sunrise over the red-rock domes of Uluru, before embarking on a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the neighbouring Kata Tjuta. Finally, a late morning brunch seals the trip before a return flight to Sydney, complete with a harbour flyby before Landing.
Business-class seats start at A$3,999 (US$2824) per person, while economy-class starts from A$2,499 (US$1,765) per person. Prices are inclusive of twin acommodation.
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