Would you spend an afternoon checking in for a flight, going through security screening and passport control, boarding an A330, enjoying food and beverage onboard, but never actually leaving? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, China Airlines and Qantas are offering several fake flights this month.
China Airlines Offers Fake Flights To Those With Wanderlust
7,000 people signed up and only 60 where chosen for the first flight, an Airbus A330 from Taipei…to Taipei. The experience takes places at Songshan airport (TSA). With COVID-19 knocking out most travel, China Airlines and the airport authorities hatched a plan to at least offer a semblance of travel to wanderlust-struck citizens.
For the the chosen, a full flight experience awaited, including:
- Passport control
- Beverage service
- Meal service
The only difference? The aircraft never took off.
Here’s a video and some pictures from the special flight:
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China Airlines and Songshan airport plan to offer several more “fake flights” over the course of the month.
Qantas Also Offers Fake Flights
China Airlines is not airline offering fake flights. Earlier today, Qantas also offered a fake flight from Bendigo Airport (BXG) in Victoria.
Passengers waited in a check-in for 15 minutes, dropped off their luggage, received boarding passes, then boarded their 90-minute flight. The onboard experience included a bag of peanuts and an IFE screening of Cast Away, a movie staring Tom Hanks.
Qantas plans to offer for flights from Bendigo this month and may expand its fake flight offerings to more airports, including New York.
I’d probably get on a real flight before I “flew” one of these flights to nowhere, but I like the idea. Heck, I still have not had the Pan Am experience in LA…that’s the preeminent fake flight.
Would you take a fake flight on China Airlines or Qantas?