Qantas will operate a series of scenic getaway flights landing at some of Australia’s key holiday destinations following the success of its recent 7-hour aerial tourism flight while many border restrictions were still in place.
As more domestic borders open, the national carrier will evolve the scenic flight concept to offer an overnight getaway to some of the most iconic Australian spots while still including spectacular low-level flybys.
The first of the Scenic Flight Getaways will take 110 passengers on board a Qantas 737 from Sydney to Uluru to experience one of the country’s most culturally significant sites.
Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce said there has never been a better time to be innovative in promoting our own backyard and supporting hard hit tourism operators.
The first Scenic Flight Getaway will take off to Uluru on Saturday 5 December and the overnight outing will include a pre-flight lounge champagne breakfast, a flight to Uluru including low level flybys of Sydney Harbour on departure and low level circuits to offer passengers a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Qantas will partner with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia to provide guests with a memorable Red Centre experience staying at Ayers Rock Resort’s premier hotel, Sails in the Desert.
During their stay guests will enjoy a hands-on Indigenous art workshop, a Night at Field of Light including a three-course dinner under the stars using native ingredients, with a didgeridoo performance and an Indigenous interpretation of the night sky.
The following morning, passengers will watch sunrise over Uluru and a guided walk to the Muṯitjulu Waterhole as well as a visit to neighbouring Kata Tjuta before a late morning brunch and a flight back to Sydney for a final harbour flyby before landing.
The first Qantas Scenic Flight Getaway will go on sale at 2.00pm Thursday 29 October via Qantas.com for the Uluru trip on the weekend of Saturday 5 December
Business Class $3,999 per person (twin share accommodation)
Economy Class $2,499 per person (twin share accommodation)
The flight will operate with net zero emissions – with 100% of emissions carbon offset. The offsets will be directed to traditional fire management projects operated by Indigenous-owned enterprises in the Kimberley region in Western Australia and are all recognised under Australia’s ‘Climate Active’ standard.