RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4180 posts, RR: 43 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17637 times:
Aerolineas Argentinas operates the southernmost (scheduled) commercial route in the world: BUE-AKL, around S50 - S55.
JNB-SYD with QF/SA probably ranks second, which goes far until S45ï¿½.
Commercial flights are not allowed to overfly Antartica, for security reasons except
Boeing flew two years ago with 773ER from SYD to GIG, which crossed exactly the south pole.I think it has to do with ETOPS ,since most of antarctica is out of ETOPS range.
Thus there is NO ETOPS rating for the Southern Pacific and
That's why AR and LA fly it with quads. (AR 747/A340, LA A340).
[Edited 2005-10-10 09:55:58]
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Trolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17584 times:
The only commercial flights over the Antarctic continent are the Qantas 744 flightseeing trips organised over by Croydon travel. The reason there are no flights over the ice is because, unlike the north, the south pole does not lie on the great circle route for too many points. It's really only New Zealand and South Africa and Australia and Brazil that are linked by a great circle route over the polar ice.
The 773er test flight was from Sydney to Recife. A Pan Am 747Sp flew over the pole when it was making the anniversary polar global circumnavigation n 1977 to celebrate Pan Am's 50th birthday. When the Pan Am flight crossed the pole, the men in the bases wanted to hear a lady's voice, and they were in luck as guests on the Pan Am flight included Miss Universe, America, Great Britain and South Africa on board to chat to the ice-bound lads.
LPLAspotter From Portugal, joined Jan 2005, 682 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17534 times:
I just read Bob Buck's book "North Star Over My Shoulder" (not exactly sure about the exact title) in which he flies over the south pole in a Boeing 707 called "Polar Cat" which belonged to Flying Tigers. The route was Buenos Aires - Auckland (he deviated south to fly over the pole). Very good read.
Antares From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 1402 posts, RR: 40 Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17521 times:
The 777-300ER demonstration flight did not cross the south pole or even get to within sight of the edge of Antarctica.
Boeing had a diagram showing it would go over Antarctica but it was BS.
The Rio Gallegos flights ended years ago. They saw QF and Aerolineas Argentinas 742s. Today's flights go non-stop both ways between Auckland and Buenos Aires.
ps. The Croydon travel sightseeing flights are fantastic but must be loosing their appeal as the newly announced schedule of southern summer charters seems like the smallest offering for many years. Maybe Qantas just didn't have as much availability. Anyone know more?