Cosmic: Qantas Flies Its 787 Supermoon Flight

Qantas completed its Boeing 787 ‘Supermoon‘ flight yesterday. The flight offered 180 lucky passengers a view of a once-in-a-generation cosmic event from a special vantage point. The experience was two and a half hours long and is part of the ‘flights to nowhere’ trend that’s been on the up since last year.

The flight took off and returned to Sydney Airport yesterday. Photo: Tom Boon | Simple Flying


Flight QF1250 departed Sydney Airport at 19:47 local time, a few hours after the sunset and before the lunar eclipse was set to be visible. The aircraft briefly flew over New South Wales before heading out over the Tasman Sea. At an altitude of 43,000 feet, passengers were likely the closest to the moon at this moment!

Qantas 787 Cosmic Flight Map
The flight took an interesting route, flying in loops off the coast of Australia for a while. Map and Data:

Once over the water, the route map became quite interesting. The flight made several loops as passengers onboard enjoyed the views outside the window. The lunar eclipse meant that the moon had a unique orange color and larger shape, caused due to the moon reaching the closest to the Earth in its orbit.

Cosmic: Qantas Flies Its 787 Supermoon Flight
All eyes were outside the window during this flight, with passengers even using the door to get a better view! Photo: Qantas News Room

However, this flight was more than just for the views. The passengers also got a chance to enjoy Qantas’ world-class international flight service. Special menus were made for this service as many onboard missed the experience of flying a widebody to their next international adventure. Cosmic cocktails and “supermoon cakes” were on the menu!

Cosmic: Qantas Flies Its 787 Supermoon Flight
Food menus anyone? Photo: Qantas News Room

The aircraft touched down in Sydney 2 hours and 40 minutes after departing from the city. Onboard, CSIRO astronomer Dr. Vanessa Moss was present to keep passengers informed about the rare phenomena they were witnessing.

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Gone in seconds

If you think Qantas’ supermoon flight is a must-do, you won’t be alone. Tickets for this service sold out in just 2.5 minutes, likely leaving hundreds without the chance to fly this special route. However, this would hardly come as a surprise to those in the know, with Qantas’ scenic flights routinely selling out in a matter of minutes as grounded Australians look for a chance to travel again.

The aircraft flying this route was one of Qantas’ Boeing 787-9s, registered VH-ZNE and nicknamed Skippy. This particular aircraft has been busy in recent days, flying the repatriation flight from Istanbul on behalf of the Australian government and domestic hops between Perth and Sydney.

VH-ZNE will be three years old next month and is one of 11 787-9s in Qantas’ fleet, according to ch-aviation. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

If you didn’t manage to secure a flight on this flight, fret not. With Australia announcing plans to keep its border closed until mid-2022, Qantas likely has several more similar ‘flights to nowhere’ planned in the near future. Next time, stay tuned on Simple Flying to know about the latest special flights!

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