Published on : Thursday, March 4, 2021
Qantas has announced plans to operate three domestic mystery flights for travellers who are keen to enjoy unique travel experiences in Australia while international borders remain closed as a part of the airlines’ latest series of highly popular concept flights to combat the border restrictions. The national carrier last operated mystery flights in the 1990s when travellers would turn up at the airport and be given allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations where they spent a day at their leisure before flying home.
Qantas has evolved the concept and will offer three dedicated Boeing 737 mystery flight experiences that will include not just the flight, but an entire day of activities in a mystery destination. All passengers need to do is book and turn up at the airport. All destinations will be outside major capital cities. Qantas’ Mystery Flight Experiences follow its Flight to Nowhere (when domestic border closures were at their peak) and Flight to Somewhere (when initial reopening began last year), which proved extremely popular.
The limited mystery flight experiences will depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to a destination within approximately two hours. As part of creating a unique on-board experience the flights will include some low-level scenic flybys of key landmarks en route (subject to weather conditions and air traffic control). Experiences on the ground could include anything from a winemaking course in a premier Australian wine region to a gourmet lunch with musical entertainment on the shores of one of Australia’s tropical island wonders. Customers will be provided with clues to ensure it is an appropriate outing for their areas of interest and to assist with whether to pack a snorkel or sneakers in their carry-on baggage.
Stephanie Tully, Chief Customer Officer, Qantas Group said the mystery flights were about giving Australians memorable travel experiences and promoting domestic tourism. She mentioned that the flights will turn mystery into a positive by creating a unique experience for the many people keen to start travelling again as well help in bringing more of the company’s people back to work. She also shared that the mystery flights are another way to support tourism operators in regional areas especially, who have been hit particularly hard by several waves of travel restrictions. She added that the vaccine rollout is bringing a lot more certainty and domestic border restrictions should soon be a thing of the past.