The plane that flies over a hundred sacred places in Thailand to improve the karma of its passengers.
The Thai Airways flight “to nowhere”, which takes off and lands at Bangkok International Airport, flies over almost a hundred sacred places in Thailand to improve the karma and spiritual strength of its passengers in the midst of a pandemic.
“Pray in the heights with teacher Katha Chinnabanchon. Do a meritorious deed and enjoy the special service with promising food,” reads the announcement of the Thai Airways airline, which launched a special flight to and from the Thai capital to alleviate stoppage caused by covid-19.
Flight TG8999 flew over 99 holy sites for about three hours , including numerous Buddhist temples in some thirty cities across the country with tickets that cost between about $ 200 and $ 330 (165 and 275 euros). And it is that 9 is considered a lucky number in Thailand, where it is also related to the revered monarch Bhumibol Ayudyadej, Rama IX, who died in 2016.
The company has announced that it will repeat the experience on New Years Day. Thai Airways, the Thai flag carrier, is undergoing a restructuring process after filing for bankruptcy in May due to COVID-19 and after years of million-dollar losses.
Some 6,000 employees (30% of the airline’s 20,000 workers) have been laid off as a result of the pandemic, while the rest have seen their salaries reduced.
With international flights severely limited due to the virus, the airline has sought strategies to increase its revenue such as opening a restaurant with airplane food menus and flight simulators.
Destinationless trips are not new, but they are proliferating due to restrictions due to the new wave of infections. The Australian airline Qantas decided to resume the 12-hour flights it previously offered to Antarctica aboard Boeing 787 aircraft as of November as a measure to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic.
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Series and movies coming to Netflix in January. In addition, the Japanese airline ANA began last August offering flights to nowhere in a Hawaiian-themed Airbus A380 , while Taiwanese StarLux Airlines planes fly over the South China Sea for about three hours without landing.
In Brunei, the Royal Brunei airline offers tickets to fly over tropical forests of this small emirate in Southeast Asia for 85 minutes.