“Flights to nowhere” have become extremely popular in Asia during the coronavirus pandemic. But whats’s (arguably) even better than a flight to nowhere? FINDING LOVE WHILE ON A FLIGHT TO NOWHERE!
Enter EVA airlines…
SPEED DATING AT 38,000 FEET
This morning, I stumbled across something on CNN Travel that is ridiculous(ly awesome)…or has the potential to be awkward and a nightmare depending on how to you look at it. HA!
If you’re not familiar with “flights to nowhere,” the basic concept is a flight departs a specific city, flies for a designated amount of time, and then returns to the same departure airport.
In this specific case, EVA Airways, one of the largest carriers in Taiwan, is partnering with travel experience company Mobius on a campaign called “Fly! Love is in the Air” and will be completing the “flight to nowhere” but with a creative twist…it’s a speed dating flight. Albeit…the longest speed dating I’ve ever seen.
For the overwhelming majority of readers, you will be unable to take advantage of this opportunity but I think it’s fun to look at the framework so…
- Each flight departs TPE
- The experience is 5 hours (~3 hours circling Taiwan & an additional 2 hours on the ground)
- The flights are only for singles (I’m not sure how they enforce this but the terms say it)
- There are age restrictions: women between 24-35 years old, men between 28-38 years old
- There are 3 flights (Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year Day)
- The flights cost TWD8388 (~$295USD) per person
- Each flight seats only 40 passengers – 20 men and 20 women
And if you haven’t been excluded yet…
- Participants have to be university graduates with citizenship in Taiwan
A FEW MORE DETAILS
Each of the three trips varies slightly:
- The flight on Christmas Day will be followed by an afternoon tea date back on solid ground
- The New Year’s Eve flight kicks off with a candlelit dinner before guests board the plane, where they will count down to 2021 together and;
- The flight on New Year’s Day will be a breakfast date.
Unfortunately, Christmas Day has already been sold out.
If you think these flights aren’t popular, the Christmas Day flight received more than 400 applications vying for a spot.
Interestingly, the age specifications have gotten some negative blowback online.
Chiang Tsung-Wei, the spokesperson for You and Me, the speed dating arm of Mobius said:
From different surveys we have done, most of the male participants would like to meet women younger than them while female participants would like to meet men older than them. That’s why there is a different age criteria for the event, but You and Me have organized different dating events that cater to different age groups.
For what it’s worth, EVA airways may sound familiar if you’ve been reading this blog for a while. I wrote a blog about their Hello Kitty flights and I am really excited to review it.
For a quick glimpse, it includes special Hello Kitty check-in counters…
The food & seats have Hello Kitty elements…
Even in business class, the seats are fashioned with Hello Kitty amenities…
The Livery is even Hello Kitty…
EVA Airways is introducing speed dating flights to nowhere.
I think this concept is extremely creative and unique. Flights to nowhere have been extremely popular for many that want to travel, the airline improves their financial bottom line, and there is potential for the participants to find love…and everyone deserves love.
It’s also worth noting that Taiwan has done a phenomenal job with COVID-19…
What do you think about this concept? If you are/were single, would you be interested in this flight? Have you ever been speed dating? What was your experience?
p.s. If you happen to meet all the specifications above and are interested you can APPLY HERE.
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I miss Taiwan…. 😦 need to go back asap
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@chaibear I’m planning a trip. I really want to take the Hello Kitty flight. Have any tips/recs for Taiwan?
@Jamal From what I know, EVA Hello Kitty jets are all temporarily suspended since April until further notice. Right now, Taiwan is only allowing its country citizens in with a 15 night hotel or residence quarantine. For foreign visitors, need to apply for special entry permit via Taiwan embassy at a location you currently reside. If you’re a Sanrio fan, flying the Hello Kitty plane is a real treat (especially in the Royal Laurel Cabin)
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@chaibear right right…i’m not planning anything soon. Planning ahead keeps me excited and the hope alive. But I can’t wait to test it out. 🙂