EVA Air sightseeing flight draws 'thumbs'-up in sky

08/15/2020 06:36 PM
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Source: facebook.com/evaairwayscorp.tw
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Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) An EVA Airways sightseeing flight focusing on the experience of flight that remains restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic impressed passengers on Saturday as the pilot used the flight path to draw a contrail thumbs-up icon in the sky.

Flight BR5288, an Airbus A330 jetliner decorated with the popular Hello Kitty character, recorded the flight path to pay respect to health practitioners amid the pandemic, according to the airline.

The nearly 3-hour flight departed from Taoyuan International Airport in the morning, flying in an easterly direction near the Ryukyu Islands in Japan before turning south along Taiwan's east coast, EVA Air said.

Image courtesy of EVA Airways
Image courtesy of EVA Airways

After reaching Taiwan's Hengchun peninsula, the flight followed the path of the thumbs-up icon before returning to Taoyuan, the airline said.

A passenger surnamed Chiu (邱) said he took the flight because he wanted to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Valentine's Day with his girlfriend, who is a Hello Kitty fan. His girlfriend agreed that it was a worthwhile trip.

EVA Air's "flight to nowhere" is among a series of similar tours being sold by Taiwanese airlines in an effort to recover from the sharp drop in passenger volume due to border restrictions and quarantine regulations in Taiwan and many other countries around the world.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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