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Fake Trips - I Guess being Green was just Talk...

Fake Trips - I Guess being Green was just Talk...

Old Aug 8, 20, 5:39 pm
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Question Fake Trips - I Guess being Green was just Talk...

So, BR is going one step further by having a "fake flight" that actually took off: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/EVA5288

What happened to being green?

More importantly , did people get miles for it?

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Old Aug 8, 20, 10:51 pm
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Seems like a charity event right?
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Old Aug 9, 20, 8:37 am
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Any corporation touting "green" is just marketing, nothing more.

It's also not my place to judge the social utility of any given trip. Who is to say that any flight I've ever taken is any more "real" than a trip to nowhere?
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Old Aug 9, 20, 10:02 am
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Comparing to flights that are flown almost empty these days, at least this flight was filled with passengers that enjoyed the experience.
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Old Aug 9, 20, 10:48 pm
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FWIW - BR is not the first airline has ever done this.

In the past, CX (and later on JL) has conducted excursion flights over Hong Kong annually for free.

The difference now is BR charges for the trip and the trip gets a little bit more realistic - longer.

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More importantly , did people get miles for it?
No for obvious reason - virtually there is no distance between TPE and TPE
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Old Aug 11, 20, 1:41 am
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4 Taiwanese airlines have similar flights and they all packaged it differently. The one with BR is packaged as a father's day event as it was on Taiwan's fathers day.

The one by China airlines can get miles from its TPE-TPE flight with 2020 miles for Y and 3030 miles for J, plus tier bonus.
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Old Aug 11, 20, 2:50 pm
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Just a guess, but it may be that it is necessary for the aircraft and/or pilots to fly somewhere to maintain safety ratings.

Any reports on what champagne was on offer in J?
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Old Aug 12, 20, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by east_west View Post
Just a guess, but it may be that it is necessary for the aircraft and/or pilots to fly somewhere to maintain safety ratings.

Any reports on what champagne was on offer in J?
The pilots are all current at BR. They've been able to still do 3 T/O and Landings in the sim or on flights (cargo or pax).

Alcohol was not on offer.
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Old Aug 15, 20, 1:32 am
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Yes, all of them are doing it and there is very little objection raised about the necessity of this.

They did another one and here is the shape it drew: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...244Z/RCTP/RCTP
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Old Aug 17, 20, 3:06 am
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Does anybody have any idea how to book any of these flights?
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Old Aug 17, 20, 3:28 am
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Originally Posted by IMissThe747 View Post
Does anybody have any idea how to book any of these flights?
I recall reading somewhere that BR's was only sold via travel agencies.
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Old Aug 17, 20, 3:33 am
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Originally Posted by IMissThe747 View Post
Does anybody have any idea how to book any of these flights?
Booking these flights are very difficult.

First, the inventory is extremely limited, which they are sold out within hours. Second, you have to be in Taiwan before you can book one. Per current COVID-19 situation, entering Taiwan now is mostly not possible.
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Old Aug 17, 20, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by garykung View Post
Booking these flights are very difficult.

First, the inventory is extremely limited, which they are sold out within hours. Second, you have to be in Taiwan before you can book one. Per current COVID-19 situation, entering Taiwan now is mostly not possible.
Understood. I am curious how somebody who is already in Taiwan can book the flight. I can not find any information online, whether through EVA, StarLux, or China Airlines.
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Old Aug 17, 20, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by IMissThe747 View Post
I am curious how somebody who is already in Taiwan can book the flight. I can not find any information online, whether through EVA, StarLux, or China Airlines.
Because unless new routes, they did not announce them in advance. They just push them on their website, as well as social media. Hence, the quick sell-out.
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Old Aug 17, 20, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by IMissThe747 View Post
Understood. I am curious how somebody who is already in Taiwan can book the flight. I can not find any information online, whether through EVA, StarLux, or China Airlines.
I was able to find the Chinese language press release for the 8/8 flight: https://www.evaair.com/zh-tw/about-e...kt-travel.html

I don't think the US site mentions the flights at all.

In case you can't read Chinese, the last entry (next to the picture of the HK jet) has links to 9 travel agencies that were to sell the packages. (Or feed it into Google translate.)
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