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Thai Airways offers flight over 99 Buddhist sites

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 04/11/2020 Joe Davies For Mailonline
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Thai Airways has offered a 'flight to nowhere' that will fly over 99 Buddhist sites while religious passengers chant mantras.

Passengers will fly over the holy sites in Bangkok and 31 of the country's 77 provinces, including Chon Buri, Rayong and Surat Thani, on November 30.

The flight falls under the airline's 'Magical Flying Experience' campaign as it continues to struggle with losses of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Vice president at Thai Airways Wiwat Piyawiroj said the flight is intended to fall under the Thai government's plan to boost domestic tourism in the country.

a group of people standing in front of a brick wall: Thai Airways has offered a 'flight to nowhere' that will fly over 99 Buddhist sites, including historic Ayutthaya (pictured), while religious passengers chant mantras © Provided by Daily Mail Thai Airways has offered a 'flight to nowhere' that will fly over 99 Buddhist sites, including historic Ayutthaya (pictured), while religious passengers chant mantras a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: The flight falls under the airline's 'Magical Flying Experience' campaign as it continues to struggle with losses of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic © Provided by Daily Mail The flight falls under the airline's 'Magical Flying Experience' campaign as it continues to struggle with losses of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic

He said: 'There will be no landing during the flight and passengers will receive positive energy from chanting while onboard.'

It will take off from Suvarnabhumi airport at 1.30pm and return at 4.30pm on November 30.

The flight will cost passengers around 10,000 baht (£248) for business class and about 6,000 baht (£149) for economy tickets.


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It will fly over temples in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima.

a group of people sitting at a table in front of a crowd: At the headquarters of Thai Airways in Bangkok, pictured, diners appear to have missed plane food as they gobble up spaghetti carbonara served on plastic trays by cabin crew © Provided by Daily Mail At the headquarters of Thai Airways in Bangkok, pictured, diners appear to have missed plane food as they gobble up spaghetti carbonara served on plastic trays by cabin crew a group of items on a table: The food on offer at the Thai Airways plane cafe, which also includes Thai-style beef © Provided by Daily Mail The food on offer at the Thai Airways plane cafe, which also includes Thai-style beef

Thai Airways' 'flight to nowhere' comes after it launched a 'plane cafe' in September.

The cafe allowed customers to sit in first class seats at the airline's national headquarters in Bangkok and eat plane food.

Thipsuda Faksaithong, 26, said: 'With this cafe I can sit in first class and also mess around in the cockpit pretending to be the captain of the plane.'

'It's a lot of fun.'

Thailand was the first country outside China to detect a coronavirus case, but it has since registered a low toll, with about 3,400 infections and 58 deaths.

Travel restrictions have nevertheless eviscerated the tourism-reliant economy, while Thais have founded themselves stuck due to quarantine requirements in other countries.

Thai Airways is in the process of restructuring 245bn baht (£6billion) worth of debt as a result. 

Several other airlines have launched 'flights to nowhere' during the coronavirus pandemic, including Singapore Airlines and Qantas in Australia.

The Great Southern Land flight departed Sydney Domestic Airport on October 10 to give 150 passengers an aerial tour of the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.

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