EVA Airways, one of many largest carriers in Taiwan, is partnering with journey expertise firm Mobius on a marketing campaign known as “Fly! Love is in the Air.” These are flights for singles on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year Day.
“Because of Covid-19, EVA Air has been organizing “fake journey” experiences to fulfill people’s desire for travel. When single men and women travel, apart from enjoying the fun in travel, they may wish to meet someone — like a scene in a romantic movie,” Chiang Tsung-Wei, the spokesperson for You and Me, the velocity relationship arm of Mobius, tells CNN Travel.
Each of the relationship experiences features a three-hour flight that departs from Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and circles the airspace above Taiwan, plus one other two hours of a romantic date again on land.
Participants are inspired to have in-depth conversations with one another on board whereas sampling meals ready by Michelin-starred chef Motoke Nakamura. They are additionally inspired to maintain masks on after they’re not consuming or ingesting.
Each of the three journeys varies barely. The flight on Christmas Day will likely be adopted by a day tea date again on stable floor. The New Year’s Eve date kicks off with a candlelit dinner earlier than friends board the airplane, the place they may depend all the way down to 2021 collectively. The one on New Year’s Day will likely be a breakfast date.
Flight attendents will double as “love cupids” on EVA Air’s velocity relationship flight, the occasion organizer Mobius says on its poster.
Courtesy EVA Air
For passengers on the matchmaking flights who need to look out the window in addition to at fellow singles, the daytime EVA Air flights fly above the east coast of Taiwan, the place they will see the mountain ranges that stretch from Hualien City within the north to Taitung City within the south.
The nighttime flight will go over the western shoreline of the island, the place they may see Taiwan’s cities illuminated within the darkness.
Unlike a typical flight, there is no selecting window or aisle forward of time. Participants will likely be seated pair by pair by fortunate draw. However, they are going to be free to maneuver round and chat up different vacationers in the course of the meals on land.
All three itineraries wrap up with a hearty “confession” part the place contributors reveal who they clicked with.
“The biggest advantage of speed dating on a flight comes from the serious nature from our participants,” says Chiang. “In addition to gathering participants with enough spending power, it also attracts a group of single people who love traveling. With the same values, it boosts participants’ motivation to meet and helps smoothen their conversation from the start.”
Not simply any singles might be a part of the flights, nonetheless.
Each flight seats solely 40 passengers — 20 males and 20 girls. Participants must be college graduates with citizenship in Taiwan.
The occasion welcomes males between 28 and 38 years previous and ladies between 24 and 35.
The age specs have gotten some adverse blowback on-line.
“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,” says Chiang, including “But You and Me have organized different dating events that cater to different age groups.”
The price for every journey is TWD8388 ($295) per individual. All the tickets for the primary flight on Christmas are already bought out.