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Anyone Know About Qantas Antarctica Flights?  
User currently offlineExpressjetphx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Hey all,

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!

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4188 times:


That website should answer all your questions


"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4176 times:

There was a report on that in a German magazine years ago. I believe it was FlugRevue. I don't remember all the details but the pictuers were terrific!

One funny thing was that all passengers were getting a window seat (or second row to window). Places were changed after half of the flight so that everyone got the chance to look out.

Are these flight no longer operated? When have they been terminated?


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4150 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?

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineMELflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4101 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.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4031 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.



User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3982 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.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3745 times:

No Cfalk.
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.  Smile

User currently offlinePhilaboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3726 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.

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3647 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.

User currently offlineB747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3605 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.
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper

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