Leviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1762 times:
I just got curious when I saw this beautiful picture, does anyone know if it still is possible to get on an "Arctic Sightseeing"-trip like the one this picture is taken from, or is it something of the past, maybe the plane was chartered ?
Timf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 986 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1731 times:
Do they only sell window seats? There doesn't seem to be much of a point to these trips if you can't see out the window. At the same time it doesn't make sense to fly a 747 with only 20% of the seats filled.
WLG-Spotter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
Yes, as Flykal mentioned, they do sell ALL seats, with different prices for the seats depending on where they are located in the aircraft.
Seemed that the window seats either side of the plane behind the wings are the most expensive, followed by the "other" window seats, then the "window side aisle seats" and finally the middle row seats going for the cheapest. And of course I'm only talking about economy class seats - first and/or business class are different prices I think. And yes for those window seats it seems they do have a system in place whereby they get the passengers to swap seats halfway thru thre flight, which is about the point where the aircraft turn-back somewhere in Antartica.
I think QF is still offering theese flights this southern summer (Dec 03/Jan-Feb 04), and there seems to be a website somewhere about it, but I can remember the URL. Perhaps someone else could help.
Ted747 From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
Yep - they operate during our Summer - very popular one departs New Years Eve. They are extremely expensive considering your spend 12 hours + in the air, hand over AUD 2,000 - 3,000.00 for a y class seat only to arrive back where you started. The J and F class seats are priced way over the top.
Yes they do swap around different Y class seats during the flight and have external cameras on board that show you the view on the inflight entertainment system.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1533 times:
Just be aware that the two middle seats (the cheapest ones) don't alternate, so you should avoid these. Pay a bit more and get either the aisle seats in the middle block of four, or the aisle seats of the window 3 pairs, which alternate with the window and centre seat. A few hours is spent actually over Antarctica, and the seat swap is done midway through this segment.
I did the flight many years ago and it was sensational!! Great value for money.