Quark Expeditions has revealed details of its immersive helicopter program that will be available utilising the company’s two twin-engine Airbus H145 helicopters. The choppers are designed to take travellers deeper into the polar regions than any other helicopter in its class. They will be operated from Quark’s new expedition ship, Ultramarine.
“What distinguishes our helicopter program from others in the industry is that we’ll be using our helicopters for far more than flightseeing,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions.
“The deployment of our two H145 helicopters aboard Ultramarine means Quark Expeditions will offer guests the biggest portfolio of adventure options in the industry, including heli-hiking, alpine kayaking and exclusive ice-sheet heli-landings – in addition, of course, to flightseeing, which we automatically include for all guests.
“For 30 years we’ve been passionate about our mandate to bring people to the Arctic and Antarctic. Now, with our helicopters, we can move people to explore further once they arrive in the Polar Regions, to set foot where no human has probably walked – something our competition can’t offer.”
As with all of its polar-based operations, Quark Expeditions applies the same high standards to the helicopter personnel. Each of Quark’s helicopter pilots are highly experienced and well-traveled pilots, and will be trained at the Quark Academy, alongside all the company’s expedition team.
The H145 helicopters are the most fuel-efficient in their class and are celebrated for their small external footprint and reduced noise pollution. Accommodating up to 8 passengers (7 of which get a window seat), the H145 features interior padding for a quieter ride and large scratch-proof windows, ideal for photography.
Currently, Ultramarine‘s first sailing listed on its website is scheduled to launch on 31 October 2021 – an 11-day Antarctica expedition operating roundtrip from Ushuaia.
To find out more about Ultramarine and the helicopter program, go to quarkexpeditions.com/expedition-ships/ultramarine