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Taiwan continues to cater to the needs of its travel-starved population by offering yet another aviation experience that doesn’t actually take you anywhere. Following up on an offer in July, in which the public was able to check in and board a grounded airplane in Taiwan’s Sonshan Airport, one airline has just upgraded the faux travel experience by offering an actual flight — to nowhere.

EVA Air, one of the biggest carriers in Taiwan, is offering the special journey on August 8 (Father’s Day in Taiwan) to help satisfy its customers’ travel itch. The trip will take around three hours, with the flight taking off from Taipei Taoyuan Airport, then circling the skies before returning to the same airport. If it’s a clear day, passengers will be able to take in views of several Taiwan attractions including Guishan Island and the scenic Huadong coastline, as well as other nearby islands.

Passengers will be flying on the “super popular” Hello Kitty Dream jet.The plane bears EVA Air’s special Sanrio-themed livery. An A330, it features many Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody (Hello Kitty’s BFF), as well as Little Twin Stars’ Kiki and Lala. They can expect Hello Kitty in-flight amenities, free WiFi for texting and an inflight entertainment system that is usually reserved for long-haul flights. Inflight dining is another highlight of the trip, offering a choice of two main courses created by a 3-star Michelin chef.

The flight will be operated under flight number BR5288. Why? When spoken, it sounds like “I love dad” in Chinese. An economy class ticket is $180. Passengers can choose to upgrade their seats to business class for an additional $34.

International tourism has been effectively stopped in much of the world as countries shut their borders to stem outbreaks of Covid-19 and Taiwan is no exception. The island locked down its borders in March amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. Foreign nationals are still banned from visiting the island at this time.

“you know the actor, john garfield? in one movie he walked up to this train station, the ticket booth, and the guy says, “yes, where are you going?” and he says, “i want a ticket to nowhere.” i thought, that’s it. i want the freedom to do that. i want a ticket to nowhere.”   -wayne shorter

 

photo and story source: cnn travel

61 responses »

  1. Now that’s an interesting concept: a plane flight to nowhere in particular. This past December, with the definite purpose of getting from Austin to the Philippines. we flew EVA Air out of Seattle. Back then in Seattle at least we didn’t have to worry about defending ourselves against rioters.

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  2. Hello Kitty flight. LOL How about one with real cats for cat lovers, or dogs for those who love dogs? I mean birthday flights for kids, with Disney characters, or plants for gardeners. LOLOL I think it’s a great idea and the flights could be for book lovers, so the plane would look like a beautiful library and they could fly over bookstores. Hahahaha

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  3. I imagine that some people would go for this, but I have to think that the percentage is small. When I saw your title, Ticket to Nowhere, I thought—Wait! People are paying money to get on an airplane that sits on the runway? While I like the notion of traveling cross-country in a few hours, planes are far too confining for me, particularly in the COVID era.

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