TAIPEI (CNA) — EVA Airways (EVA Air) started selling tickets Wednesday for a special Father’s Day flight next month, which will fly close to Japanese territory without landing and then return to Taiwan, as international air travel restrictions remain in effect in many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flight BR5288, which sounds similar to “BR I love Dad” in Chinese, will depart Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, Father’s Day in Taiwan, and return at 1:15 p.m., EVA Air said.
The aircraft, decorated with the popular Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty, will take a route across northeastern Taiwan, towards the Ryukyu Islands in Japan, then head south along Taiwan’s east coast, the airline said.
When the Airbus 330-300 gets to Taiwan’s southern tip, it will turn around and fly back to the Taoyuan airport, EVA Air said.
Tickets for the “semi-travel experience” on Father’s Day went on sale Wednesday at a cost of NT$5,288 (US$179) for economy class and NT$6,288 for business class.
The in-flight services will include the sale of Hello Kitty souvenirs and a meal prepared from a recipe by a Michelin-starred chef, according to the carrier. The passengers will also receive amenity kits and discounts on duty-free merchandise, EVA Air said.
The special promotion by the carrier is the latest in a series of campaigns by Taiwan airports, offering a “semi-travel experience,” which has attracted many customers.
In early July, Taipei Songshan Airport attracted thousands of applicants for its free three-hour “fake trip,” which allowed people to check in, clear security and board an aircraft that remained on the tarmac.
Since early this year, international travel has fallen sharply due to border restrictions in many countries, including Taiwan, and fear of COVID-19 infection.