Saturday, September 26, 2020

Air India Joins The Flight To Nowhere Movement

Air India may soon be joining the growing list of airlines operating flights to nowhere. Taiwanese carrier Starlux has already conducted several flights while Australia’s Qantas just launched its own scenic flight program. Singapore Airlines is likely to follow suit as well. October may see many more aircraft in the air – they just won’t be flying too far from home.

India’s flag carrier is reportedly planning its own flight experiences, which will have aircraft take-off and land at the same airport. Most commonly nicknamed ‘flights to nowhere,’ these trips will offer the public an opportunity to get on an aircraft and take to the skies at a time when travel restrictions are severely limiting where people can go.

Airline officials familiar with the developments told the Hindustan Times that the “scenic joy flights” will give passengers an aerial tour of famous spots in India, flying at a low enough altitude to offer picturesque views. Still unconfirmed and under consideration by the airline are numerous details, including routes and locations, as well as pricing and aircraft.

It was suggested that a widebody aircraft such as the Boeing 747 would be used for the service – it is unclear whether the suggestion was made by the airline official or by the media source.

While most sources have given the Boeing 747 as an example of a widebody aircraft that Air India could use, it wouldn’t be our first guess. The airline has two other widebodies at its disposal: The 787 Dreamliner and the 777.

We’re guessing that the airline would follow Qantas’ lead and fly the 787. It’s the most efficient widebody aircraft available for Air India. While it would be the lowest-capacity widebody jet, it could at least be filled closer to capacity with fewer passengers occupying middle-section seats—something to consider when a flight is centered around sightseeing.

26/09/20 Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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