Taiwanese airlines offer flights 'to nowhere'

Updated: 09 August, 2020 08:04 IST | Agencies | Taoyuan

Cheng Yu-wei, who works in the fashion apparel business and enjoys travelling abroad, came with his wife and six-year-old daughter to "revive that old feeling of travelling". "Maybe it's because we have been bored for too long," Cheng said

Children, role playing as flight attendants, conduct an in-flight safety briefing to their parents acting as passengers. Pic/AFP
Children, role playing as flight attendants, conduct an in-flight safety briefing to their parents acting as passengers. Pic/AFP

Faced with the Coronavirus collapse in travellers, Taiwanese airlines have begun offering sight-seeing "flights to nowhere" on their passenger jets, including flight attendant lessons for children. At the headquarters of Taiwan's China Airlines in Taoyuan on Saturday, 50 children took a morning course on how to serve passengers aboard a mock cabin.

Cheng Yu-wei, who works in the fashion apparel business and enjoys travelling abroad, came with his wife and six-year-old daughter to "revive that old feeling of travelling". "Maybe it's because we have been bored for too long," Cheng said.

Later in the day, the excitable gaggle of kids took to the skies in their new uniforms for a two-hour flight over the island and the soaring mountain range that runs down its spine. The flights are part of an innovative attempt by airlines to scramble up some extra cash at a time when their business has all but dried up

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First Published: 09 August, 2020 07:40 IST

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