Qantas introduces a new voyage, “Journey to Nowhere” that will give travel-hungry Australian residents the opportunity to enjoy the sight of the Great Moon in late May and a total lunar eclipse from over 40,000 feet in the sky.
If you expect to get tickets, then you have no luck – the airline says they were purchased in “record time” – 2.5 minutes to be exact.
The Giant Moon Flight is the latest in a Qantas-run series of excursions that take travelers on a fun journey, before returning them to where they came.
Airline tickets Supermon It started at A $ 499 in Economy ($ 386), while Business Class was on sale for $ 1,499 ($ 1,160).
After the tickets were sold, a waiting list was also created, but it has since closed.
The journey promises great views of the moon. The airline said in a press release that it is working with astronomer Dr. Vanessa Moss to design “the ideal flight path over the Pacific Ocean”.
Moss will also be on board to entertain travelers with facts and ideas about the May 26 lunar event, which NASA calls a “super-lunar eclipse.”
NASA explains that the “super” part comes from the fact that the full moon will be near its closest orbital position to Earth, making it larger and brighter to the human eye.
In some parts of the world, the moon will appear to be reddish due to a total lunar eclipse. When the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, it will appear darker and red.
“The red color comes from sunlight being filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere – which is a ring of light created by every sunrise and sunset that was happening on our planet at that time,” the NASA website says.
The US Space Agency adds that how the red moon will become “difficult to predict” as it could also be affected by dust in the atmosphere.
A total lunar eclipse, the only one in 2021, is expected to be visible from Australia, New Zealand, some regions of the Pacific Ocean and the western coast of the United States.
Although it is dangerous to look directly at a solar eclipse, it is still safe to enjoy watching a lunar eclipse.
The company’s customer service director, Stephanie Tully, said in a statement that the Qantas flight will take place on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, chosen because its large windows make it “ideal for gazing at the moon.”
The Supermoon journey will take three hours, departing from Sydney and flying over the city’s harbor before crossing over the clouds to contemplate the moon and eclipse.
Passengers will be disguised and forced to distance themselves socially on the plane.
Last October, the first Australian flight to anywhere made headlines when initial tickets sold out in under 10 minutes.
Dr. Fiona Downs, who spent unused points on a business class ticket for the October trip, described the trip as “an experience that only happens once in a lifetime.”
Back in heaven, Downs told CNN Travel, “It was like coming home again.”
Qantas has been criticized by some for burning fuel unnecessarily at a time when the climate crisis should generate more respect for the environment. A spokesperson for Friends of the Earth told CNN Travel last fall that they saw the trip as “basically the definition of a meaningless journey.”
Qantas has committed to offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions from the October flight and plans to do the same for the giant moon flight.
Other airlines also operate flights to anywhere, including All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Hong Kong Express.
Lillett Marcus, Da CNN Travel, Who was on the Hong Kong flight, described the experience of returning to heaven as “strangely emotional.”
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