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Lufthansa & Co .: Airlines now want to earn money in such an inventive way

Seven hours in the air and you land back at the airport where you took off: that’s what Qatar offers.

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“Chicken or Pasta” in the restaurant on the ground, business lounge access also for economy class guests, a flight for which you don’t need a passport: Airlines are pretty creative when it comes to tapping new sources of income. This is sorely needed because the corona pandemic has brought the aviation industry to a permanent standstill.

For example, there is the first flight for which you do not need an identity card or passport. A flight from SYD to… SYD – a seven-hour round trip across Australia. This is what the Australian airline “Qantas Airways” offers. The reason: The airline suspended all of its international scheduled flights until the end of October.

Qantas will launch a Boeing 787-9 from Sydney on October 10 and fly a sightseeing tour over the country’s most beautiful sights – quarantine is not necessary. You can see the Great Barrier Reef, Inselberg Uluru and the coastal city of Brisbane, among others.

The tickets for this special flight cost the equivalent of 480 euros (economy class) to around 2,300 euros (business class). According to the airline, the flight was sold out within ten minutes – so Qantas is now considering offering more of these flights.

Guests on the Qantas special flight can admire Australia's most beautiful sights for seven hours from a bird's eye view; for example the Great Barrier Reef.

Guests on the Qantas special flight can admire Australia’s most beautiful sights for seven hours from a bird’s eye view; for example the Great Barrier Reef.

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Almost like flying: airplane meals, in-flight entertainment – only you will never take off

Singapore Airlines has turned an Airbus A380 into a restaurant. On October 24th and 25th you can board the A380 at Singapore Airport and you will be welcomed in the “A380 @Changi Restaurant”.

Ticket sales are scheduled to start on October 12; you can then choose in which travel class you want to sit. Both international menus and regional menus by chef Shermay Lee are offered. Sommeliers will serve matching wines.

The price includes two alcoholic drinks and an unlimited number of non-alcoholic drinks. As if you were actually flying, you can watch films from the airline’s entertainment program while you eat.

Apparently you will be able to pay for the offer both with money and with miles from the KrisFlyer bonus system. Depending on the price, this can be an attractive way to try the airline’s famous luxury suites.

Also glamorous on the ground: the suite in the A380 of Singapore Airlines.

Also glamorous on the ground: The suite in the A380 of Singapore Airlines.

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For 39 euros you get lounge access in Frankfurt and Munich

The Lufthansa lounges for business class customers and senators are a sought-after retreat for travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport. While you can buy access to some airport lounges, this was previously impossible in the Lufthansa lounges.

If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the amenities of the lounge, but a business class ticket is too expensive for you, then you now have the opportunity: In order to get additional income during the corona pandemic, Lufthansa is now also granting economy passengers for 39 euros access to the lounges in Frankfurt am Main and Munich.

On the Lufthansa website you can read that you have to show a valid Lufthansa boarding pass at the lounge entrance, then you can pay by credit card. The offer depends on whether capacities are available – although, given the small number of travelers, you have to assume that you will almost always get access.

Normally only business class guests are allowed in here - but economy class guests can now also gain entry for 39 euros.

Normally only business class guests are allowed in here – but economy class guests can now also gain entry for 39 euros.

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