Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Hobart to get Antarctic flight.

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OEI (CN 32913)          File Photo

Every year Qantas operate one day sightseeing flights over Antarctica departing from various cities around Australia during the summer period. Taking around 12 hours, the flights are the best way to view this amazing great white Continent. No passports are needed as you get on and off at the same airport. Qantas has now opened its bookings for the annual Antrartic flights and, thanks to the runway extensions in Hobart Tasmania, for the first time ever Hobart has a flight listed.

QANTAS B747-438 VH-OJU (CN 25566)       File Photo

The first flight is from Sydney in November and then there is one flight on New Years Eve from Melbourne; the next ones after that are in February 2018 and then again in November 2018.

Below are the cities and dates.

Saturday 25th November 2017
Check in at  6:45am
Depart Sydney 7:30am
Return Sydney 8:30pm

Sunday 31st December 2017
Check in at  4:45pm
Depart Melbourne 5:30pm
Return Melbourne 6:00am (Next Day)

Sunday 11th February 2018
Check in at  7:15am
Depart Melbourne 8:00am
Return Melbourne 8:30pm

Sunday 18th February 2018
Check-in 6:45am
Depart 7:30am
Return 9:00pm

Sunday 25th November 2018
Check-in 7:15am
Depart 8:00am
Return 8:00pm

Saturday 26th January 2019
Check-in 7:15am
Depart 8:00am
Return 8:30pm

Prices start from $1,199 for economy class centre seats ranging up to $8,000 for Ice Class (Business)

The flight provides a full day of Antarctic experience. Our flight from Australia ranges between 9,500 – 10,500kms roundtrip (approximately 12.5 hours) depending on your departure city. Expert Antarctic expeditioners are onboard to talk on the polar environment and its history while video screenings depict life on the ground. Approximately three hours south of Australia, passengers will usually see the first scattered ice followed by dozens of icebergs and ice floes. We then cross the South Magnetic Pole where you will start to view the rugged mountainous topography of the Antarctic mainland.
This will be unlike any other flight you have ever been on and nothing can prepare you for the amazing sights you will see. Ensure that your camera batteries are charged and your memory cards are empty as it is not unusual for our guests to take over 1,000 photos and lots of video during our flights.

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