Thai Airways offering a holy ‘flight to nowhere’ which flies over sacred sites

Over the past few months we’ve seen a few airlines offer ‘flights to nowhere’ – which essentially involve taking off, flying for a short time, then landing back where they started.

The aim is to satisfy itching holidaymakers without leaving the country and within coronavirus travel restrictions. 

Now another airline has introduced a new ‘flight to nowhere’ – but with a spiritual twist.

The new service from Thai Airways flies over 99 holy sites across 31 provinces, taking off at and lacking back at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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Set to take off at 1.30pm on 30 November the plane will be in the air for three hours, passing over sites in Chon Buri, Rayong, Surat Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima and more.

In total, the plane will fly over 31 of Thailand’s 77 provinces before returning to the Thai capital.

Wiwat Piyawiroj, Thai Airways’ EVP of commercial operations, said: ‘There will be no landing during the flight and passengers will receive positive energy from chanting while onboard.’

As part of the ‘Magical Flying Experience’ campaign, passengers will receive sacred souvenirs, including a prayer book and a Buddha amulet.

Celebrity fortune teller and religion history expert Dr. Khata Chinbunchon will also lead the in-flight chanting of Buddhist mantras.

According to The Bangkok Post, the flight is aimed at worshippers, providing a new kind of pilgrimage at altitude.

The unique experience will start at 6,000 THB (£149) in economy and go up to 10,000 THB (£248) for business class seats.

The news follows people in Australia embarking on a seven-hour flight over some of the country’s most iconic landmarks – an experience which sold out in just 10 minutes.

Likewise, in Hong Kong, a 75-minute flight had travellers circling their home city while taking photos from their seats.

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