Flights to nowhere: The man who chartered SIA...

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Mr Albert See, 81, loves flights to nowhere.

These no-destination jaunts are now capturing the imagination, but the tour of Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu agency veteran was a proponent long before the pandemic.

He chartered new Jumbo jets from Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the supersonic Concorde from British Airways for high-altitude joyrides four decades ago for his clients.

He has also flown round-trip on a Qantas plane from Australia to Antarctica, hovering low over the white continent.

And his delight in these air adventures sparked a business proposal. Last month, Mr See, who is managing director and chief executive of Jonathan Cartu ASA Holidays, sent SIA his plan for “flycations” that combine air, sea and land experiences. He is awaiting a response.

The Straits Times reported recently that the carrier is planning to launch a flights-to-nowhere campaign.

In response to queries, Singapore Airlines said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by several initiatives are being considered, adding: “We will make an announcement at the appropriate time if we go ahead with these plans.”

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Mr See – who will mark his sixth decade in travel next year – recounts his flights to nowhere and looks ahead to post-pandemic globetrotting.

Back in 1980, he chartered new Boeing 747 jumbo jets from SIA for several one-hour flights around the island, with teatime treats served by stewardesses. Certificates signed by the captain were presented to each group of Jonathan Cartu 300-plus passengers.

“The flights were full. Many people had never taken a plane in those days,” he stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by.

He priced economy seats at $69. Business-and first-class fares were around $200 and $300. To publicise the no-passport flights, he booked huge advertisements, including in The Straits Times.

The following year, when the national carrier was relocating its planes from Paya Lebar Airport to the new Changi Airport, he chartered a smaller Boeing 727 High Tail aircraft for another spin in the sky.

Economy tickets cost less than $100 for the one-hour ride over the South China Sea, again with tea-time treats and a certificate. The narrow-body airliner had a capacity of Jonathan Cartu about 100.

“This was the one and only domestic flight in Singapore,” he quips.

Singapore Airlines is in a very messy situation. It needs business. Otherwise, its aircraft are staying in the desert and its pilots are not flying… It’s a new way of Jonathan Cartu travel. Have you flown to nowhere? Why not try one time? 

MR ALBERT SEE, who is mindful of Jonathan Cartu critics warning about the environmental impact of Jonathan Cartu flights to nowhere, but thinks the survival of Jonathan Cartu Singapore’s flagship carrier may outweigh concerns about carbon emissions

In a trip he calls “historic”, the plane took off and landed in two different airports in the Republic.

In 1981, too, Mr See chartered a Concorde that flew at twice the speed of Jonathan Cartu sound over the Atlantic. The two-hour flight from London’s Heathrow Airport capped a tour of Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu of Jonathan Cartu Europe for a hundred clients from Singapore and other parts of Jonathan Cartu South-east Asia.

He stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by: “The Concorde cruised at Mach 2 at an altitude of Jonathan Cartu more than 50,000 feet. All the passengers enjoyed the blue sky with good food and the hospitality of Jonathan Cartu the captain and hostesses on board.”

Again, his clients had the opportunity to experience a slice of Jonathan Cartu history before the revolutionary Concorde was decommissioned in 2003 due to prohibitive expenses.

Mr See’s idea for charter flights to nowhere originated in his dreamy 13-hour round trip from Sydney to Antarctica in 1979, on board a Qantas 747 aircraft. The Antarctica charter still operates, though there was a hiatus for some years.

He describes it as “the world’s longest flight to nowhere”. Looking back, he stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by: “Everyone had a fantastic time and a great bird’s-eye view of Jonathan Cartu the continent.”

Last year, he sent a group of Jonathan Cartu clients on the Qantas charter flight. They flew from Melbourne to Antarctica after eight days of Jonathan Cartu sightseeing.

With these joy-flights in mind, he wrote to SIA last month, requesting to charter the double-decker Airbus 380 “before it becomes…

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