Australians may not be able to travel far internationally, but they’ll soon be able to take a 12-hour Qantas flight and end up right where they started. Yes, Qantas is resuming its storied scenic flights to Antarctica.
Qantas Resumes Antarctica Scenic Flights
Starting in November, Qantas will resume operating its scenic flights over Antarctica. Utilizing the Boeing 787 (most are now parked in a California desert, but Qantas held a handful back), the flights will not actually land, but spend extended periods over the frozen continent. It takes about three hours to reach Antarctica so half the 12-hour journey will be spent actually over the continent. The service will fly over the McMurdo dry valleys and the magnetic South Magnetic Pole.
Flights will depart from:
- Adelaide – departs February 14, 2021
- Brisbane – departs February 7, 2021
- Melbourne – departs November 15, 2020 + December 31, 2020
- Perth – departs January 26, 2021
- Sydney – departs November 22, 2020
Tickets will run from 1200AUD (~860USD) for economy class to 8000AUD (~5730USD) for business class. Social distancing will be observed onboard.
Bas Bosschieter, who oversees Antarctica Flights for Qantas, said:
“There is no passport or luggage needed for an Antarctica Flight, you can even go in board shorts if you wish. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Antarctica in a day…I personally think it’s the best answer to the question ‘What did you get up to on the weekend? Just popped down to Antarctica’.”
I do too…
More info and booking link here.
I’d jump on a flight like this in a heartbeat if I could…what fun. Of course when I visit Antartica I actually want to set foot on the continent, but this would be a nice introduction!
Any interest in an Antarctica Scenic Flight from Qantas? image: Antartica Flights