LUV4JFK From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 462 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5374 times:
Be easy on me fellow airliners.net members. I'm a new member and I have enjoyed many of the discussions and arguments on this forum. I'm sorry if this topic was discussed before, but nothing came up in the search field. I just wanted to know if there are any airlines that uses a polar route over Antarctica or the South Pole, such as flights from South America to Australia. Many airlines uses a polar route close to the North Pole for flights from North America to Asia and I wanted to know if it's the same for the South Pole. Any info is greatly appreciated.
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Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5067 times:
Even if you take a look at the GCM, the markets that would be served by a trans-antarctic flight don't stand much of a chance of getting these non-stops. First of all, due to ETOPS restrictions, the aircraft would have to have four (or at least three) engines. Given the downfall of the DC-10 and MD-11, it would have to be a 744, a 340, or a 380 (when it comes online). Those planes are too big and too expensive to operate for routes such as SYD-GRU or MEL-GIG.
The flight that appears to cover the most of Antarctica seems to be PER-EZE or PER-SCL. Don't think those routes will justify a four-engined aircraft anytime soon.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6819 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4927 times:
LUV4JFK, you've seen the mapper at http://gc.kls2.com? If you try it with AKL-SCL and AKL-EZE (routes that exist today) you'll notice the great circles don't pass over Antarctica at all. And of course the South America to South Africa routes don't either. It just happens that no likely routes do.