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A380 Over Antarctica  
User currently offlineBBD From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 62 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9750 times:

As advertised in Saturday's (Nov 14) Sydney Morning Herald, two of QF's three sightseeing flights over Antarctica for 2009-10 will be by the A380:
31 December 2009 - A380 - from SYD/MEL (sold out)
24 January 2010 - A380 - from SYD
14 February 2010 -744 - from MEL

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User currently offlineDelawareUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9713 times:

Do they "rotate" pax from windows to center on these flights? Would be bad to be sitting in center section the entire flight.

User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 914 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9507 times:

Dont wish to be a killjoy, but this has been discussed previously and is "old news". All info re these flights, seating etc etc can be obtained from the Croydon Travel websight, cheers. I believe one of our longstanding posters, Madam Concorde, was thinking of obtaining tickets (the First Flighters). I am sure we can expect a TR from her (if travelling).


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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5282 times:



Quoting DelawareUSA (Reply 1):
Do they "rotate" pax from windows to center on these flights? Would be bad to be sitting in center section the entire flight.

Yes - see http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/ which has all the details of how the flights work. In particular, http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/documents/A380seatplan.pdf and http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/documents/747seatplan.pdf explains the seat rotation system. There are some centre seats which do not rotate, but even the people in those seats will get an opportunity to see the view, either by standing in the aisle and looking out the windows (it works), or going to the emergency exits and using the windows there.

I was lucky enough to go on one of these flights almost 5 years ago. It was an absolutely awesome experience - the view is simply phenomenal, and there was definitely a spirit of cooperation which ensured everyone got a decent chance to take in the view.

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3041 times:



Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 3):
here are some centre seats which do not rotate, but even the people in those seats will get an opportunity to see the view, either by standing in the aisle and looking out the windows (it works), or going to the emergency exits and using the windows there.

There's always the tail camera as well. Isn't there also a camera they set-up in the cockpit? At least that's what I remember with the 744s, it may be different with the 380s with the presence of the tail camera.



PHX based
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2824 times:



Quoting 777STL (Reply 4):
Isn't there also a camera they set-up in the cockpit? At least that's what I remember with the 744s

If I recall correctly, on my flight (Frebruary 2005) the camera up front (or at least the connection from it to the IFE) died as we were taxying out of SYD. I don't think seeing it through a camera would really be quite the same as seeing it out the window though - the sense of depth and vastness wouldn't be there...

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineDAL1044 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Discovery channel is supposed to air a program about this as well. I don't remember the times or date but they have aired a few commercials showing the upcoming program. For those of us not able to take that flight it should be worth watching. I'll see if I can get more info on the time and dates.

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