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Qantas Antarctic Flight Question  
User currently offlineFuling From Australia, joined Apr 2011, 187 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9439 times:

Rather a big question, but I was wondering if QF will be doing another Antarctic Flight for NYE 2011?
At what altitudes does the plane average?
How long does the flight last?

Thanks all  

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User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9420 times:

31 December 2011 ~ New Year's Eve (Departing Sydney & Melbourne)
15 January 2012 (Departing Melbourne) Celebrating a “Centenary of Antarctic Expeditions”
12 February 2012 (Departing Sydney)




Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4599 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9404 times:

Yes, this company is the one and there is a New Years Eve flight...

http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/

The flight routes SYD-MEL-Antarctica-MEL-SYD.

The schedule is as follows -

31 December - departs SYD 14:00
31 December - departs MEL 17:10
01 January - arrives MEL 04:40
01 January - arrives SYD 07:40

So you can calculate it from there  



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineFuling From Australia, joined Apr 2011, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9389 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):
So you can calculate it from there

Cool as, thanks


User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5818 times:

I did this flight a few years ago now. I was lucky enough to score a free ticket which meant that I had to sit in the middle of economy. Actually it didn't make much difference. Bear in mind that you are over Antarctica for quite a while so there are plenty of opportunities to look through the windows. People are kind and let you and you can also peer through the emergency exit windows. It's not like a normal flight. Everyone is cheerful and spend most of the time wandering about. I wouldn't spend the extra money. We were allowed on the flight deck and from memory we were about 3,500' AGL. Normal cruise altitudes there and back.

Festive atmosphere. Now I am older and grumpy you couldn't pay me to go, but if you are somebody who likes the general public and enjoys a party with strangers, then I would recommend it.

Seeing Antarctica was a very special experience which I won't forget.



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User currently offlineferminbrif From Venezuela, joined Dec 2010, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3915 times:

It would be terrific fly over the antarctic but it doesn´t make sense in the centre seats

Please excuse me my ignorance but in the event of any emergency, where would land the airplane? somewhere over the ice? Thanks.


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5552 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Quoting ferminbrif (Reply 5):
It would be terrific fly over the antarctic but it doesn´t make sense in the centre seats

Pax swap seats every so often when over Antarctica.

Quoting ferminbrif (Reply 5):
Please excuse me my ignorance but in the event of any emergency, where would land the airplane? somewhere over the ice?

No, alternate is HBA. These flights are run under a special set of rules, not the normal airline rules, although I forget the details. The Antarctic ice sheet is about 2000 nm from HBA, not a great distance for a B744 on 3 engines.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 4):
People are kind and let you and you can also peer through the emergency exit windows. It's not like a normal flight. Everyone is cheerful and spend most of the time wandering about.

Yep. The flight I took had Dick Smith and Pixie aboard as guides.

Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 4):
Seeing Antarctica was a very special experience which I won't forget.

True, we were a bit unfortunate and had to go to the W rather than over the Ross Sea due to weather so we tended to see monster glaciers that were so large, that was about all there was to see but it was still pretty amazing. On the other hand, we went round the French base on one wing at a height I would not have thought they would fly - especially there - and after a circuit on one wing, we did another on the other wing, with the French up on their roof waving. I don't have a good head for heights and when we were on the high side, looking down made me worried I might fall across the width of the 747 - stupid feeling as the centrifugal force was not going to allow that. And the pack ice is pretty amazing too.


User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2782 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

^^ It sounds amazing down there, but not sure that these flights excite me though. Considering you would only get a certain amount of time in a window seat to see anything, and the rest of the time would be wasted, it would get alittle dissapointing, especially after paying those fares.

[Edited 2011-07-25 00:44:01]

User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Are there any trip reports in the database for these flights? I tried a search but couldn't find much!! They sound like so much fun!!

User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Quoting ferminbrif (Reply 5):
Please excuse me my ignorance but in the event of any emergency, where would land the airplane? somewhere over the ice? Thanks.

Not generally known, but there was a contingency for an ice landing. HBA was indeed an alternative. No worse than flying over the Indian or Pacific.

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 8):
Considering you would only get a certain amount of time in a window seat to see anything, and the rest of the time would be wasted

Not so. Read my reply. I saw heaps and I was seated in the cheap seats. I have some photos somewhere which I will dig out. It was really a great experience.



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User currently offlineZuluAlpha From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 4):
about 3,500' AGL. Normal cruise altitudes there and back
Quoting AFGMEL (Reply 10):
Not so. Read my reply. I saw heaps and I was seated in the cheap seats. I have some photos somewhere which I will dig out. It was really a great experience.

I have not been on one myself, but from what I have heard, they have specialists of Antartica onboard to talk about Antartica. And as you said AFGMEL, it is a greatly reduced altitude while over Antartica



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 9):
Are there any trip reports in the database for these flights? I tried a search but couldn't find much!! They sound like so much fun!!

They are. The one I was on was 30 years ago. Still have the slides. Somehow getting to a window is not a major problem. Cannot remember exactly why not, but I would certainly remember if it had been.

But banked over at who knows how many degrees, you definitely get the feeling you could fall to the other side of the plane when clearly you cannot. This was before the ANZ problem and I think later flights are probably not as "carefree" as the earlier ones shall we say. A great experience. My flight was under rather difficult circumstances. I was invited by a friend when he had bought tickets for him and his wife and she was killed in a road accident just after he bought the ticket. So, beforehand, I dreaded the trip due to the awful circumstances of my being invited. But it was still a wonderful trip. Having Dick Smith along for the ride was a definite plus too. Very interesting commentary.


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