catiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 2564 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16028 times:
From the brochure (and I am officially jealous):
A b o a r d Yo u r P r i v a t e J e t
Qantas has an international reputation for their outstanding safety record, modern aircraft,
inflight services and facilities. You will travel on a state-of-the-art Boeing 747 aircraft, which
is not filled to capacity to ensure a comfortable and convivial atmosphere onboard. Impeccable service
standards are facilitated by two senior Qantas Captains, a First Officer, additional flight attendants and
Qantas specialists in the areas of Food Service, Engineering, Security and Catering. Flying aboard your
privately chartered Qantas Jet is an incredible experience. The aircraft and specially selected Qantas
crew wait for you in each destination and welcome you back onboard to fly to the next exciting
location. An extraordinary camaraderie develops between fellow travellers, crew and Tour Escorts.
T h e Q a n t a s C r e w
Your aircraft will be commanded by Captain Peter Roberts who has been flying with Qantas for 32
years and is Head of Flying Operations. He will be supported by another experienced Senior Captain
and a First Officer. Captain Roberts and his flight crew are looking forward to an outstanding tour and
putting into practice their vast experience and skill – including special scenic flying over points of
interest allowing maximum viewing pleasure for all passengers.
S p a c i o u s S e a t i n g
Our Private Qantas 747 offers four classes of seating for your air travel. The aircraft is not filled
to capacity and all guests, within their class, rotate seats on each sector to ensure a fair allocation
of positions throughout the cabin. Our itinerary is planned to minimise overnight flights to ensure
First Class features full length, flat bed sleeper seats. Offering you a premier flying experience with
Qantas’ full First Class gourmet meal and bar service including prestige French Champagne.
Business Class features Qantas’ ‘Lie-flat’ Sky Beds. Qantas’ highly regarded Business Class seats offer
you ample space and comfort, accompanied by excellent fine dining and wines.
Premium Economy Class features Qantas’ Premium Economy Class configuration, with additional
space, top quality meals and a private cabin area.
Deluxe Economy Class featuring regular international Economy Class seats. The cabin is not filled to
capacity to ensure all guests have an empty seat between themselves and the next person; each
guest is guaranteed an aisle or a window seat – this ensures the comfort of each person within the
Economy Class cabin. An enhanced bar and meal service is provided, ensuring all guests enjoy
excellent meals plus top quality wines, spirits and French Champagne.
SCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8534 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 15907 times:
Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 7): And just to make everyone real jealous here is the brochure. They even went to Havana last week. (anyone got pics?? )
Thanks for sharing. Looks like a very nice itinerary indeed! They even got a ride on a "private" LAN Perú a/c into CUZ. I really hope that one day there are scheduled flights between Perú and Australia.
Airvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 725 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 15874 times:
Quoting cpd (Reply 9): VH-OEB has been doing quite a lot of Captain's Choice charter flights if I'm not mistaken, it has done one before as well. Is there some reason they use it instead of other B747 aircraft?
I suppose it is the "odd one out". It is the only "pacific" configuration aircraft in the fleet that is not an 744ER (it's the only 747-48E). So with the lower seat count it is ideal.
keuleatr72 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14832 times:
I am with catiii and officially jealous. I always wanted to make a trip to Antarctica on QF. But the Captains Choice Tour sounds really great too. I guess that I´ve to write a letter to the North Pole. "Dear Santa....[...]"
But it's awesome though - everything is absolute first class in all respects. Got to be the best way of doing a world tour, short of one of those Concorde World Tours that used to operate back when that amazing plane was still flying.
I hear those tours were around USD$60,000 back then, per seat. I wasn't sufficiently wealthy at the time to fly on that plane before it retired. If it were still operating today, I'd have been able to fulfill that dream. Unfortunately, it'll remain a dream.
ditzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 695 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7807 times:
Quoting Jackbr (Reply 14): Must be very popular for the more senior Cabin Crew at Qantas!
Each year (maybe every two years?) Qantas creates a pool of cabin crew who wish to be involved in charters. Cabin crew for each charter are selected from this list. The trips sometimes show in the bid packs, but all positions are pre allocated. These charters are not everyone's cup of tea as you often have the obligation of mingling with the customers at dinners and outings - this can be tiring after some sectors. For most cabin crew the opportunity to see destinations and take part in tours that are not part of our usual network outweigh any negative aspects of having to be available outside duty periods. The atmosphere onboard is certainly very different to day-to-day flying.
Antartica flights are filled from an EOI late in the year. Most cabin crew only do them once - they're like a Denpasar flight that never ends!
EXCOASA1982 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 163 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7279 times:
Quoting boacvc10 (Reply 17): Is there a large ticket price difference if passengers were to book their own travel on these routes (say, 1 year validity ticket). I just want to see if it is worthwhile to save up money for this.
You could probably put together the same trip for a bit less $$$, however, the draw here is not having to deal with any logistics. Especially since it is the same aircraft, operating on charter procedures rather than your typical airline flights!
I would love to see a trip report for one of these!!!!!