Antarctica Flights has chartered the ultra-modern Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner to operate a series of non-stop flightseeing trips over the White Continent, between November 2020 and February 2021.
Operating from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane the flights will offer an overseas adventure for Australians in the midst of a COVID-19 related international travel pause.
Each flight provides a full day Antarctic experience, with the polar expeditioners on board to talk guests through the extraordinary environment on view. Approximately three hours south of Australia, passengers will see their first glimpses of scattered ice followed by icebergs and ice floes. The aircraft will then fly over the southern continent, providing extraordinary views of the rugged topography of mainland Antarctica.
Founded over 25 years ago by Phil Asker, Antarctica Flights have traditionally been undertaken by 747 planes, however, the aircraft’s recent retirement has paved the way for the 787 Dreamliner, affording even better views due to its larger windows.
With 19 planned routes to match the day’s weather conditions, no two flights are ever the same, each with a duration of 12 to 14 hours. Each flight will accommodate around 220 passengers, with a choice of seating options from Business through to Explorer Economy. Strict COVID protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of all guests on board.
Antarctica Flights’ CEO Bas Bosschieter commented: “Antarctica Flights offer the ultimate one-day adventure. It’s a chance to see this extraordinary white wilderness from the air and learn about the southernmost continent from polar experts, at the same time as experiencing the fabulous new Qantas 787 Dreamliner. You get to travel overseas, no luggage or passport required!”
The flights are between 9,500 to 10,500 kilometres round trip (approximately 12.5 hours) dependent upon departure city. Departure dates and locations are as follows:
- Melbourne – 15 November 2020
- Sydney – 22 November 2020
- Melbourne – 31 December 2020
- Perth – 26 January 2021
- Brisbane – 7 February 2021
- Adelaide – 14 February 2021
- Sydney – 21 February 2021
Prices start at $1,199 for an Explorer Economy Seat and range up to $7,999 for a Business Class Deluxe.
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