bobcat
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Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 6:56 am

Are there flights that fly over Antartica? EZE-SYD, for example...
 
timz
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I'm Guessing...

Thu Jan 03, 2002 7:16 am

...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
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 7:34 am

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.
 
AJ
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 8:03 am

The Antartic Charters still operate.
 
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 8:05 am

Speaking of SOPAC routes, is it only operated by Quads? Because ETOPS flights would have to take one heck of a detour!
 
LY744
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:08 am

Wasn't there an Air NZ DC-10 that crashed in Antartica in the 80's on a sight-seeing flight?

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airplanetire
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:10 am

What does SOPAC stand for?
 
UAL747
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:13 am

EZE-SHA is over 12000 miles.......don't expect this route any time soon, 777LR or not. HEHE.

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picarus
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:22 am

Yes, NZ charter DC10-30 flew into Mt. Erebus. I believe it occured in 1978.

 
jasewgtn
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:37 am

Both Qantas and Aerolineas Argentias fly between SYD/AKL and EZE.

When AR used to fly the older 747 on the route, the west bound flight also had a tech stop at RGL/Rio Gallegos as the aircraft didn't have the range
 
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE

Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:47 am

Go to http://gc.kls2.com/ and try see for yourself.

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!

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lapa_saab340
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 11:26 am

Actually, Ushuaia in Argentina is the southernmost city in the world  Smile Punta Arenas is a bit further north.
 
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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE

Thu Jan 03, 2002 2:58 pm

Just for clarification, the Air New Zealand crash occured on November 28 1979.

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RE: Are There Flights That Fly Over Antartica? EZE-SYD

Thu Jan 03, 2002 4:20 pm

Oh Japanguy, the letter code for Melbourne Australia is MEL, MLB is that the Melbourne in the US or that something else?