Thai Airways unveils ‘flight to nowhere’ for religious worshipers

(CNN) – Nervous travelers have often prayed on board an airplane.

However, a new flight offer from Thai Airways plans to present spirituality during the flight in a completely different way.

The airline will fly a one-off flight known as the “THAI Magical Flying Experience Campaign” over some of Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist religious sites, with passengers reciting mantras along the way.

Thai Airways’ “flight to nowhere” takes three hours on November 30th.

The plane takes off in Bangkok and flies over 99 holy sites such as Wat Arun and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Phra Samut Chedi in Samut Prakarn, Wat Phra Boromma That Chaiya in Surat Thani and the UNESCO-protected sites in Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

Thai Airways ‘flight to nowhere’ will fly over 31 provinces, including historic Ayutthaya.

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On board, Dr. Khata Chinbunchon, a famous fortune teller and religious history expert, guide the chanting of Buddhist mantras during the flight.

Wiwat Piyawiroj, vice president of Thai Airways, said in a statement that the flight would fall under the Thai government’s plan to boost domestic tourism in the country.

Thailand, like many other places in the world, has seen a significant drop in tourism revenue due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

While sightseeing flights have been around for a long time in places like the Grand Canyon and the Nazca Lines, “flying to nowhere” is a newer fad. With airlines struggling to make up for their losses and travelers being trapped by closed borders, these sightseeing flights have become an option to meet in the middle. And it’s not just flights that travelers miss. The Singapore Tourism Authority has announced two “cruises to nowhere” that will not make calls to ports and will operate at half capacity.

Economy class tickets on board the “Magical Flying Experience” start at 5,999 Baht (193 USD) for Economy Class and 9,999 Baht (321 USD) for Premium Class. Bookings can be made by calling +66 (0) 2 356 1515.

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