When discount airlines started soaring into business, they made air travel both easier and much more affordable, drastically shaking up the aviation game. Now that you can routinely fly from Sydney to Melbourne for less than the cost of a degustation dinner, conquering longer flights, reducing the environmental impact and offering niche services have become the industry's new sources of inspiration. Think direct Australia-to-London journeys, trips fuelled by mustard seeds, and now an airline dedicated to art events.
Launched by Chinese-American performer Qinmin Liu, Angelhaha Airline "promises to only fly to art," as its website explains. Its first flight will take off on December 6, travelling from New York to Miami for the latter's Art Basel event; however the artist and choreographer has further one-way trips planned for jaunts between Beijing and Hong Kong in March, London and Venice in May, and Berlin and Paris in October, among others. Each coincides with an exhibition, art month, art fair or something similar.
In total, 25 flights are currently listed on the airline's website, though The Guardian reports that they don't come cheap. Tickets aren't available at present — although you can sign up to be notified when the next flight opens for bookings — but the maiden voyage, on a private plane taking nine passengers, is setting back travellers between $2,700-$3,500.
In addition to its specific destinations, Angelhaha also aims to turn flying through the sky into a happier experience. "Angelhaha will do everything to provide the happiest moment and environment to human beings," the website states. Just how it will achieve that task is yet to be revealed, but if France can start an airline for millennials, and Europe a service that only heads to ski fields, then the world can have a joy-spreading, art-loving carrier as well.