Qantas Announces “Scenic Flight To Somewhere”


Tom Goward | 29/10/2020

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Following the success of Qantas’ recent 7-hour ‘Great Southern Land’ scenic flight to nowhere, the airline will operate a series of scenic getaway flights to some of Australia’s key holiday destinations. As more domestic borders open, the national carrier plans to offer several overnight getaways to iconic Australian destinations, with flights including spectacular low-level flybys.

The first of the Scenic Flight Getaways will take 110 passengers onboard a Qantas Boeing 737-800 from Sydney to Uluru to experience one of the country’s most culturally significant sites.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said there has never been a better time to promote Australia’s backyard and support hard-hit tourism operators.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our scenic flight while most border restrictions were still in place. It sold out in 10 minutes and the feedback from people onboard was fantastic. Even the most frequent flyers said they had never experienced Australia from the air quite like that.”

What to expect

Your weekend getaway commences in Sydney at 8am on December 5, and returns from Ayers Rock by 6pm the following day.

Indulge at a pre-flight breakfast event in the Qantas Business Lounge before taking departing onboard a Qantas 737, enjoying low-level scenic fly-bys of Sydney Harbour and surrounding beaches. Relax on board with Neil Perry designed inflight food and beverage before the aircraft descends for some low-level circuits around Uluru and Kata Tjuta with views of the expansive salt lakes of Lake Amadeus.

After landing at Ayers Rock airport, your whirlwind tour allows 24 hours to experience the area, including a Night at the Field of Light including a three-course dinner under the stars using native ingredients, with a didgeridoo performance and an Indigenous interpretation of the night sky. As the sun sets, you return to rest your head at Ayers Rock Resort’s premier hotel, ‘Sails in the Desert’.

Rise before dawn to watch the sunrise over Uluru before visiting the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, then heading back to the resort for brunch. Your trip ends with a returning flight to Sydney, again including a low-level sweep of Sydney Harbour.

What’s included?

  • Pre-flight Lounge event with entertainment from 7am
  • Low-level scenic fly-bys of Sydney Harbour and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Neil Perry designed inflight food and beverage on departing flight
  • Afternoon tea service on returning flight
  • Transport to and from Ayers Rock airport and activities
  • Indigenous art workshop where you can keep your masterpiece
  • Overnight luxury stay at Sails in the Desert
  • A Night at Field of Light experience
  • Sunrise Uluru experience including breakfast box and guided tour
  • Brunch at Sails in the Desert
  • Gift bag and flight certificate

Those flying in Business will also receive:

  • Business inflight service including champagne and menu
  • Additional gift bag items
  • Invitation to visit the cockpit upon arrival back in Sydney
  • Luxury room upgrade

How much does it cost?

The Qantas Scenic Flight Getaway will go on sale at 2pm on Thursday 29 October via Qantas’ website. A Business class package will set you back $3,999 per person, earning 10,000 Qantas points and 160 status credits. Economy class is $2,449 per person with travellers earning 5,000 Qantas points and 80 status credits.

Important information

  • You will be charged the full package price including twin share accommodation
  • Packages are available until sold out
  • Seat swapping isn’t permitted with window seats expected to sell quickly
  • Classic Upgrade Rewards aren’t available
  • Seatback inflight entertainment will be limited on this flight
  • This Qantas ‘Scenic Flight Experience’ weekend is operated and co-hosted by Qantas in partnership with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
  • The flight will operate with net zero emissions with 100% of emissions carbon offset
  • All passengers and crew will be required to wear a complimentary mask for the duration of the flight

Tom Goward

Tom is a Hobart-based writer with a passion for aviation and travel.


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