Qantas Flight To Nowhere Sells Out In 10 Minutes


Immanuel Debeer | 18/09/2020

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Yesterday, Qantas launched its sale for the Great Southern Land scenic flight, following a growing trend amongst airlines putting on joy flights for the #avgeek customers.

The Great Southern Land B787 Dreamliner will take to the skies on Saturday, October 10, with a pre-flight lounge event kicking off at 8 am. The duration of the flight (7 hours) clearly didn’t bother anyone as the flight was sold out in a record 10 minutes.

Economy seats went for $787, Premium Economy for $1787 and Business for $3787 with a small number of those released exclusively to those looking to book with Qantas Frequent Flyer points at the cost of 250,000 points.

The business class fares were first offered to Platinum One members in an exclusive pre-sale event which also gave the elite members the option to book with points.

Qantas B787

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Flight To Nowhere – The Only Way Into Queensland?

The Qantas scenic flight will depart from Sydney and fly up the New South Wales coast before crossing the border into Queensland, which at this stage is the only way you’ll be able to see Queensland and one can only assume it’s intended as a cheeky middle finger to the ridiculous border restrictions in place.

The flight will then proceed over the Great Barrier Reef before tracking back across Australia with low flybys of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

The Aircraft – Boeing B787-9 ‘Emily’ VH-ZND

The aircraft for the journey will be a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which features the unique Indigenous livery based on Emily Kame Kngwarreye “Dreaming” artwork.

Will There Be Points?

Those lucky enough to snap up a ticket will also earn Qantas Points and Status Credits for their flight.

  • Business Class: 10,000 points + 160 status credits
  • Premium Economy: 5,000 points + 80 status credits
  • Economy: 2,400 points + 40 status credits

Will there be more scenic flights?

Considering this probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas’s history, there’s a good chance we’ll see more joy flights in the future; especially as long as the status quo of “no travel” remains in place. That said, it’s unlikely we’ll see them offered in other states due to the logistics and border restrictions in place which would hinder the operation out of Perth, Brisbane and even Melbourne.

Check out our review of the Qantas A330 business product here.


Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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