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HK$246,000 bid for first 787 Boeing Dreamliner flight to Hong Kong
Dreamliner mania reaches a climax over the auction of a pair of business class tickets for the inaugural flight
A ticket for two seats on the inaugural ANA 787 Boeing Dreamliner flight between Narita and Hong Kong has sold on eBay for AU$32,700 (HK$245,645), according to Australian Business Traveller.
The Dreamliner, which is slated to become one of the most efficient commercial aircraft in the sky, will make its first flight on October 26 between Japan's Narita International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, then retrace its 3.5-hour route back to Japan the following day.
ANA's auction package included two business class tickets on both flights plus accommodation at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel, in Hong Kong. To highlight the energy efficiency of the Boeing 787, all proceeds from the auction will go to Conservation International Japan, an environmental protection agency.
The eBay auction began one week ago at AU$1,826. In the final days, fierce bidding between four eBay punters pushed the bids past AU$30,000.
The winning bid works out to about AU$2,335, or HK$17,540, per hour of flying for each passenger.
Why all that money for a couple of seats on the 787 Boeing Dreamliner? The aircraft's makers claim it will be like nothing we've ever experienced on commercial flights.
What's so special about the 787 Boeing Dreamliner? Find out more about what exactly you can expect to see, feel, hear and smell.