Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6836 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2754 times:
...you won't get closer than on the EZE-AKL nonstop (looks like there is no EZE-SYD nonstop). Australia to SAfrica, SAfrica to SAmer-- none of them would need to go over Antarctica. But EZE-Shanghai would go right over the South Pole.
Japanguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 81 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
Qantas used to (not sure if they still do) offer charter flights that would do it. They would leave SYD or MLB on a 744 and take a circular route over it. Not sure if it went all the way to the pole, but it was over Antarctica. The new tourism status may have changed the economics of this, however.
EZE-PER is almost right over the pole, but is quite long -- 7900 mi.
A shorter route is PER-PUQ (Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in the world) -- 6600 mi.
EZE-SHA is over 12,000 miles - it's not much longer over the north pole!