THE WORLD’S MOST UNIQUE DAY TOUR
ANTARCTICA IN A DAY
SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT OVER ANTARCTICA FROM BRISBANE – 10th NOVEMBER 2019
A truly stunning, and very unique one day sightseeing flights over Antarctica departing from Brisbane on the 10th November 2019. Taking around 12 hours, the flights are the easiest way to view this great white Continent. No passports are needed and you are kept warm and safe with a drink in hand while the privately chartered Qantas 747 glides effortlessly over amazing scenery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The flight provides a full day of Antarctic experience. The flight from Brisbane ranges between 9,500 – 10,500kms round trip (approximately 12.5 hours). Expert Antarctic expeditioners are on board to talk on the polar environment and its history while video screenings depict life on the ground. Approximately three hours south of Australia, your will usually see the first scattered ice followed by dozens of icebergs and ice floes. You then cross the South Magnetic Pole where you will start to view the rugged mountainous topography of the Antarctic mainland.
The atmosphere on board is electric. Everyone on board are all present for the same reason – to fulfil that dream of seeing Antarctica. With up to four hours over the ice and the remaining hours to enjoy the bespoke service including premium drinks, delicious meals and talks from Antarctic expeditioners – there is never a dull moment.
This will be unlike any flight you have ever been on and nothing can prepare you for the amazing sights you will see.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Age Restrictions For The Flight? – People of all ages are welcome on the flights, however we do ask you to consider the following:
- Children under 16 years of age must travel with an adult
- If you are travelling alone, you should be able to move around the cabin unaided
- Parents should remember that this is a very long day for younger children
Will I Need My Passport? You will not need a passport, as this is classified as a domestic flight. However you will be required to present government approved photo ID at check-in. Please allow sufficient time to transit security dependent on which terminal you will be departing from. We will send confirmation of the exact departure time for each flight to those who have booked closer to the departure date.
How Long Is The Flight And How Long Do You Spend Over The Ice? The average flight duration is 12.5 hours (depending on your departure point). About three hours into the flight we usually see the first sea ice and icebergs. We spend approximately four hours over Antarctica and the remaining four hours traveling home.
How Does The Seat Rotation Work? Every passenger (excluding Economy Centre & Business Centre) is allocated two Boarding Passes. At the half way point of the flight, an announcement is made asking passengers to move to the seat listed on their second boarding pass. Business Deluxe, Ice and First Class passengers will be seated in a window seat for half of the flight and in a next to window seat for the other half. Premium Economy, Economy Superior and Economy Standard passengers will have a window seat or the seat next to a window seat for half of the flight and an aisle seat for the other half of the flight. Economy Centre & Business Centre seats do not rotate. It is important to note that while over Antarctica, most passengers get up from their seats and move about the aircraft, allowing everyone on board to enjoy excellent viewing opportunities. The aircraft flies in long sweeping ‘figure 8s’ over various points of interest to allow these spectacular sights to be viewed from both sides of the aircraft.
Can I Reserve A Particular Seat? You may select a seating class but not a particular seat. Seats are allocated on the best available at time of reservation, however final seating allocation is done the evening before departure when final bookings are confirmed.
What Kind Of Viewing Can I Expect From A Centre Seat? While the Economy Class Centre seats do not rotate, ample viewing can still be achieved by walking to any available window space or exit zone. There is a fantastic atmosphere of cooperation among passengers as they share the experience. This is unlike any flight you have been on before
What Kind Of Viewing Can I Expect Seated Over A Wing? The viewing of Antarctica is out, not down, from the aircraft so excellent viewing can still be achieved from this section.
Will The Flight Land? You will not land on Antarctica, primarily for environmental and safety reasons. Antarctica is as close to a pristine environment as there is on Earth. The activity of Antarctica Sightseeing Flights has been approved by all Antarctic Treaty nations. Most importantly, you cannot see the spectacular views available from the aircraft when you are on the ground.
What Time Do You Depart And Return? Departure and return times vary slightly although you will be sent specific times when you receive your tickets. Flights usually depart at around 7-8am and return at 7-8pm. All times are subject to change and can be affected by things like airline operating procedures and weather.
How Much Will The Weather Affect The Viewing? There are over 19 different approved flight plans for this adventure. The Captain monitors the satellite cloud picture in the days leading up to departure and on the morning of the flight and selects the route with the best visibility on the day. On all previously operated flights such as this excellent viewing opportunities have been viewed, thanks to the skill and preparation of the Qantas pilots and the knowledge of the on board Antarctic Experts.
How Low Will We Fly? When over Antarctica you will fly at approximately 10,000 feet or 2,000 feet above the highest ground within 100 nautical miles. This altitude provides excellent viewing while still respecting the wildlife habitats at sea level.
Will I See Any Wildlife? As most Antarctic wildlife lives at sea level, 10,000 feet below the aircraft, you cannot see them in any detail. You fly at this altitude to protect the various species. To experience the wonders of Antarctic wildlife, you would need to join a cruise, which Travel Masters & The Travel Studio can assist you with.
Can I Take Photos And Video? Absolutely! All cameras are welcome. There is always great feedback from passengers who are delighted with their photographic results – and these are amateur photographers! The information pack you will receive after you book your flight contains photography hints and tips. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a video DVD of your flight – a professional videographer will be on board, who has numerous cameras in different areas of the aircraft to capture every moment.
What Will There Be To Eat And Drink? Even though this is classed as a domestic flight, an international standard service is provided on the Qantas aircraft. Two full meal services, snacks over the ice, and complimentary bar service is provided.
Do I Need Travel Insurance? Travel insurance is recommended. Special premiums are available. Please enquire when booking.
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