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Tuesday Night Owls - 11 May 2021 - Aviation related experiences replacing air travel

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,353 Teacher
edited June 28 in Countries and Travel
We read about the creative ways airlines are providing services for people while international travel restrictions continue:


Vocabulary Top 5:

proxy - something that represents or stands in for something else

hot ticket - someone or something that is very popular

frivolities - something that is unnecessary or silly

niche - a specialised segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service

food set - the group of foods that are served together on a flight as one meal

Would you ever take a flight to 'nowhere', or order airline food to eat at home?
What do you enjoy most about travelling? How can you recreate that without really travelling?

@EDUARDO @april @filauzio @VictorJosé @FerZaca Thanos
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  • fatimucciafatimuccia Posts: 90 ✭✭
    With the continuing restrictions over air travels, most of airlines found themselves loosing a lot. To tackle the problem, many initiatives have been created to keep in touch with the customers and the fans.

    The nowhere travels are one of the solutions. Airline companies organize short flights called travel bubble like in Australia with New Zealand where travelers can admire the sky while flying and the beautiful view of the ground from the plane.
    Another alternative is to create fake flights aboard a real aircraft but without leaving the ground. All accommodations are offered to make the avid passengers have a real sensation of the flight from the food set to the hostess services.

    As the article mentioned, most of the airlines are Asian ones. As some of them are considered the best in the world and the Asian pacific nations rely on tourism, they find themselves constrained to innovate and to be smart in order to maintain visibility. Consequently, when things back to normal, travelers will return to fly with their favorite airline companies.

    I would never take a flight to nowhere because I consider travelling aboard an aircraft is only a mean to arrive to my destination. For the long routes, I would choose a famous airline where I would comfortably fly if the ticket price is affordable. I would rather appreciate a whole visit on the airplane to discover the cabin pilot, how the crew coordinate with each other and where the luggage goes on a plane for instance.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,382 mod
    edited May 16
    A flight to nowhere?
    No, I won’t do that.
    What is the added value of “a flight to nowhere” for our travel experience?
    Just because we like flying? Or just because of going some(no)where?
    No, I like travelling, to go somewhere, and if flying is part of this travelling I would take it.
    But taking a flight and going nowhere just to support the airlines in this pandemic period is not the best way and not to mention the pollution due to this flight.
    “Order airline food to eat at home”, though, maybe one thing that I could do.
    I order “take away” food quite a lot, so why not order airline food too.
    If the price is reasonable, of course.
    I admit, take away food doesn’t taste as good as it should, but what the heck; everything is not as it should be at this moment.
    What do I enjoy most about travelling?
    When I visit a foreign country, I’d like to find out the typical of that place like
    the typical landscape, typical houses, typical food and hopefully nice local people there.
    Unfortunately, we can’t recreate those without travelling.
    I can try to go to an Italian restaurant for example and imagine that I’m eating Italian food in Italy, but even if the food is excellent, it won’t give that holiday’s feeling.
    Pictures or films can’t substitute real travelling either; the feeling that we have seen it by our own eyes.
    The satisfaction that “I was there!”.

  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,129 ✭✭✭✭✭
    A flight to nowhere honestly feels like a flight where something is suddenly going wrong. ' Here's the pilot speaking... we've got short of fuel .. so we're going to have a turnround back to the starting airport to have the plane's tank refilled... please fasten your waist belt up.. thank you for your kind patience and collaboration '.

    From a back-to-Earth point of view, then, I would think of it as though there was a giant child playing in the field. He's holding the end of a long rope fastened to a flying plane-shaped kite ( the plane in question ).

    His mom has kept calling him back home since long. ' Good Heavens Bob ! this is the last time I'm calling you home. I've been shouting myself hoarse for half an hour now. I'm going to report your disobedient behaviour to dad. I'm promising you'll be in for a good spank. Be sure. '

    Then the child looks up at his kite for a last sad time with watery eyes. Suddenly tight-lipped and frowning starts kicking against the air around himself in bitter disappointment. His attitude already growing remissive although still rebel. He won't give up so easily to anyone after all.

    Just one more flying around his kite. ' Yes, this flight is to nowhere but some days I promise you that you'll fly to a remote wonderful destination and I'll pilot you from the inside of the cockpit besides ', he says daydreamingly to himself. Turning his back then he gives the rope a resolute tug as if it was nothing but his own decision and heads tramping home with slow heavy steps as if to drive his grudge deeper into the ground in the act. He brings his kite under his arm. He and his flying dreams will both be grounded for a while he already knows.

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