I don’t usually write about commercial trips on our blog but here is one trip that is too good to miss.
On 3rd February next year Qantas is running a day trip scenic 747 flight from Auckland, over Antarctica, and back. It sounds amazing. The same company that has been flying scenic Antarctic flights from Australia for the last 18 years is introducing its first flight out of New Zealand. It’s a 9500 km round trip and takes about 12.5 hours.
The first ice is generally seen about 3 1/2 hours after leaving, and this will increase quickly to dozens of icebergs and ice flows. The plane then usually heads off to cross the South Magnetic Pole, and takes it from there. They have 19 pre-approved flight plans so they can usually find a part of Antarctica that has clear weather and good visibility for sightseeing. Places they typically fly over include Mawson’s Hut at Commonwealth Bay, the Mertz and Ninnis Glaciers, Durmont D’Urville’s French base, Cape Adare, the Transantarctic Mountains including Mt Minto in Victoria Land, Mt Melbourne, McMurdo Sound, the Ross Ice Shelf and the Ross Sea.
Your ticket includes on-board Antarctic experts and videos, an information kit, two full meals and snacks and a full bar service. Those people sitting in the centre area of the plane are encouraged to get out of their seats and find the best views. There are seven seating classes from Economy to Ice Class and the prices range from $NZ1599 per seat for economy class to $NZ9299 for Ice Class. Most of the classes include a seat rotation partway through the flight so everyone gets the chance of a good view.
A $400 deposit will hold the booking and full payment is required 8 weeks before departure. Cancellation and change fees apply.
Email for more information or if you want to make a booking – these seats won’t last long.
(C) by Sue Farley