GotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
I was just wondering whether any airlines are flying over either the (north/south) poles. I asked this because it's been almost a period of time since I've heard airlines (Qantas being the last plane that I saw that flew over "ice") that flew over.
-Can you give me information on the routes (if any) that goes over the poles.
-Does it actually cut flying time flying over the artic?
P.S.: I don't think any civil airliners ever flew over Antartica...is there?
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Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
Has somebody ever thought about the following: if you head to e.g. the South Pole with a heading of 180, and fly over it, than suddenly your heading changes to 360. Does anybody know how this change in course is managed (for instance by FMS, or the autopilot), to make sure that the aircraft doesn't start turning circles above the South Pole?
Hadpa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2226 times:
Come on! Until a month ago Aerolineas Argentinas operated the Buenos Aires- Auckland - Sydney route,in an A-340 which crossed the South Pole! Also I think that Qantas also operates this route.
And this route was first operated by the greatest south american airline LANCHILE! with a mighty 707 from Punta Arenas to Sydney
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8861 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
Continental has gotten extremely close to the North Pole. In Airways it said they passed the 89th latitude, which is 60 nm from the North Pole, which is about 7 minutes flying time from the 90th latitude, better known as the North Pole.
B744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2170 times:
The Aerolineas flight from Buenos Aires to Auckland (via Rio Galegos) doesn't go over the south pole. I've flown this route a couple of times and both times, we were down close to the ice shelf where icebergs were clearly visible, but no-where near the pole.
Aerosales From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
I understand UAL are flying revenue service ORD-HKG with 747-400 on the polar routings which are not directly over the pole but give time savings to the "standard" routings. AAL have also done route proving over the top w/777 again ORD-HKG
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
I happened to fly yesterday on a Cargo 747 from Fairbanks to Prestwick. We went north until 82 degree latitude. Even though we didn't pass the geographic North Pole, we flew over the magnetic North Pole, so that the magnetic compass suddenly turned from 360 to 180 while the FMS still showed a northerly heading. Was a really interesting phenomenum!