Expressjetphx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3748 times:
I noticed a show about Australia on the Travel Channel, and there was a short segment about scheduled flights Qantas operated that flew over Antarctica and then turned around back for Sydney. They were operated by 744s and I believe they were seasonal. Anyone have any more info on this?
Thank you so much!
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3635 times:
I have heard of these flights, but I had no idea they were this expensive. I assume the prices listed are in Australian $$$, and I don't know the exact exchange rate, but will people really pay $1,000 to see Antarctica from the air like this? Do these flights regularly fill up?
MELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
The first flight for the season operated on monday here in oz. It coincided with the solar eclipse over the south pole and apparantly was just about full. They are usually pretty popular giving everyday people a chance to see this very remote part of the earth.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3516 times:
I thought those kind of flights were stopped after Air New Zealand splattered a DC-10 on a mountainside years ago. Apparently, navigation near the poles is a real pain, as most nav systems are not designed for those regions.
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3467 times:
Between November and January a company called Croydon Travel charters the QF aircraft for this fantastic journey, about 6 to 8 services run every year and all sell out, I think are priced between $999 and $4000 depending on seating and class although seating is rotated.
Services run from both Sydney and Melbourne.
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 3230 times:
Air New Zealand stopped it's Antarctic charter flights after the Erebus crash of 79.
Qantas is still currently running theirs.
As far as polar navigation goes, I know that compasses on aircraft flying near the North Pole all point south so presumably those near the South Pole would all face north.
I'm sure modern nav systems are designed with these situations in mind but I'll leave that to the experts to explain.
An interesting subject although those Antarctic flights don't go anywhere near the South Pole.
Philaboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days ago) and read 3211 times:
I remember taking off from ADL and a QF 747-400 VH-OJD i believe maybe VH-OJO, anyway, it was on a flight to antarctica as we were told by our captain. we were waiting for it to take off first before we did. They departed from Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. I remember reading an article in Qantas' Australian magazine on July 2001 and how they were scenic. A flight from Melbourne took 11 hours.
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
From what i've heard the only seats worth getting are the expensive ones- $4,000. The cheapest seats- $900 DO NOT rotate and if you get one of those you'll be stuck in the center aisle and won't see a thing.
B747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
Aerolineas Argentinas currently has 6 flights scheduled to the South Pole in December and January... These flights are operated as charters, and can be booked trough travel agents. Since more recently, A-340 aircraft are used for these flights, but occasionally a 747-200 may be used.