Kicker – A trip to nowhere


NICK EICHER, HOST: Tickets for a recent Qantas Airlines flight from Sydney, Australia, sold out in just 10 minutes. 

It wasn’t an especially terrific bargain: $600 for a seat in coach, $2,800 for business class.

But you know the old saying: it’s the journey, not the destination.

And that really had to be true in this case because this flight was leaving Sydney International and arriving at Sydney International.

The 787 Dreamliner simply took the passengers on a brief sightseeing tour. It flew as low as 4,000 feet over sites like the Great Barrier Reef. 

But many were simply happy to get out of the house. 

Internal border controls during the pandemic have meant Australians have been unable to tour their country. Qantas Captain David Summergreene said he was “super stoked” because he’s been grounded for three months.

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(AP Photo/Matt Hartman) A Qantas Airbus A380 arrives at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., Monday, July 6, 2020. 

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