Singapore Airlines set to launch scenic 'flights to nowhere'

Just days after readers of Newshub Travel called talkback suggesting Air New Zealand should begin scenic flights with its  grounded aircraft, it appears one of the most well known airlines in the world is about to launch a similar service.

On Friday, a list of possible uses for Air NZ's parked planes was posted online, with the most popular suggestion being for the airline to begin scenic tours of Aotearoa.

Now, Singapore Airlines is reportedly looking at launching "no-destination" flights which will both take off and land at the country's Singapore Changi Airport.

According to Singapore's Straits Times newspaper, the airline intends to launch the "Flight to Nowhere" service within weeks.

"SIA (Singapore Airlines) is considering several initiatives that would allow us to continue engaging both our customers and members of the public," a spokesperson told a reporter about the possible plans.

"We will make an announcement at the appropriate time if we go ahead with these plans."

The flights are likely to be packaged with hotels and activities as part of staycation deals residents can pay for using government-issued travel vouchers.

A survey conducted by a private flight charter company found that of the 308 people surveyed, 75 percent were willing to pay for flights to nowhere.

Respondents said they would expect to pay NZ$315 for an economy seat and around NZ$643 for business class. 

A local polytech tourism lecturer told the Straits Times that this level of revenue would mean the flight would break even, and would utilise both aircraft and staff that would otherwise be grounded with no work.

Each flight is expected to take about three hours.