Top News Qantas launches mystery flights to uplift domestic tourism By TTG Asia / Posted on 4 March, 2021 13:56 Qantas Cutting Capacity, Grounding Most A380 Qantas is set to operate a series of mystery flights for domestic travellers keen to satisfy their wanderlust amid international travel restrictions. The national carrier last operated mystery flights in the 1990s when travellers would turn up at the airport and be allocated seats on a scheduled flight to any of the airline’s destinations where they spent a day at their leisure before flying home. Qantas mystery flights will take passengers to an unspecified destination outside major capital cities Building on that concept, Qantas will offer three mystery flights onboard Boeing 737 planes that will include not just the flight, but an entire day of activities in a mystery destination that will be outside major capital cities. Qantas Group CCO, Stephanie Tully, said the mystery flights were about giving Australians memorable travel experiences and promoting domestic tourism. “Our customers tell us that where they can and can’t travel within Australia has been a bit of a mystery lately,” she said. “The vaccine rollout is bringing a lot more certainty and domestic border restrictions should soon be a thing of the past. In the meantime, these flights turn that mystery into a positive by creating a unique experience for the many people keen to start travelling again. “As well as helping bring more of our people back to work, these mystery flights are another way to support tourism operators in regional areas especially, who have been hit particularly hard by several waves of travel restrictions.” The airline’s mystery flight experience is the latest in its series of concept flights to boost domestic tourism amid the ongoing pandemic, following its flights to nowhere (when domestic border closures were at their peak) and flights to somewhere (when initial reopening began last year). The mystery flights will depart from Sydney (April 18), Brisbane (March 27), and Melbourne (May 1) to a destination within approximately two hours. As part of creating a unique onboard experience, the flights will include some low-level scenic flybys of key landmarks en route. Experiences on the ground could include anything from a winemaking course in a premier Australian wine region to a gourmet lunch with musical entertainment on the shores of one of Australia’s tropical island wonders. For each mystery flight, the airline has provided clues for customers to pick their preferences and to assist with baggage packing. Seats on the mystery flights go on sale on Qantas.com at midday today. The all-inclusive fares, which include meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage plus activities on the ground, are A$737 (US$574) for Economy and A$1,579 for Business. All three flights will operate with net zero emissions, with 100 per cent of emissions carbon offset.