Singapore based travel lovers will soon (hopefully) be able to get on a plane from Changi Airport, enjoy a scenic flight to nowhere, and then land again, three hours later, back in Changi.
According to reports by The Straits Times, Singapore Airlines is planning to take off with flights to nowhere, to and from Changi Airport, to get keen passengers back in the sky and boost business.
The airline also states that it also plans to explore a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board to allow interested passengers to pay a portion of the scenic joy flight personally and pay the remaining cost with tourism credits that will be given out by the Government.
What’s the plan?
Each Singapore Airlines proposed scenic joy flight is expected to last about three hours.
According to The Straits Times, Mr Stefan Wood, director at aircraft charter firm Singapore Air Charter, said that he had “approached SIA about the possibility of setting up a joint venture to provide such flights to nowhere using the Airbus A-350 planes from SIA,” but nothing has yet been confirmed.
When The Strait Times asked Singapore Airlines about the potential SIN-SIN scenic flight plans, a spokesman said: “SIA is considering several initiatives that would allow us to continue engaging both our customers and members of the public.”
We suspect that if this goes ahead (perhaps as early as October), a fully immersive experience would capture passenger’s hearts. Think: staycations, limo transfers and shopping vouchers, all topped off with a scenic flight.
A handful of airlines around the world have tried to soften the financial blow of the global pandemic by offering flights to nowhere for regular travellers with itchy-feet, craving to get back into the sky once more.
Singapore Airlines also operated a fundraising flight to nowhere back in 2015, raising money for children with special needs and the disadvantaged elderly.
We hope that we can see these airlines returning back to some kind of ‘normality’ again very soon.
Watch this space for more information.
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