Pack your bags(I guess?) cause now you get to travel to absolutely nowhere!
You know those times as a kid you always play pretend to be on flights or trains and you travel to your favourite holiday destinations? Well now you don’t have to pretend anymore!
If you’re in Singapore right now then you’re in luck cause Singapore Airlines (SIA) is introducing a new service to satisfy your wanderlust. Just put on your best clothes, pack your bags (if you want to be more immersive I guess. You do you) and head straight to the airport!
Literally dubbed as “flights to nowhere” by the airliner, the idea is to have planes take off from Singapore’s Changi airport, stay in the air for 3 hours, and then land back.
The decision to introduce this new service is intended to help boost SIA ‘s business during these difficult times, when travel is restricted by governments around the world due to concerns about Covid-19.
The airliner is also considering several other initiatives which would allow it to continue to engage with customers as well as members of the public. SIA has yet to release more information of the new flight service but we will see this service launch by late October.
According to The Straits Times, the Singapore Air Charter firm had conducted a survey of 308 people, and found that 75% of the respondents are willing to pay for flights to nowhere. When asked about the duration of the flights, 60% said that they’d prefer it to last for 2 hours instead of 3. I would agree, 3 hours is a bit too long.
Singapore Airlines isn’t the first to provide this unique service to would-be travellers. The Songshan airport in Taiwan also offered “fake flights” to customers back in early July but unlike SIA, the Taiwanese airport’s planes will just stay on the ground the whole time. Does it at least move? I wonder.
As an adult, I don’t know about you guys but this actually sounds fun. It’s like flight passenger simulator in real life. I would go for it. Are you up for it if Malaysia one day provide this service?