Qantas A380 flight over Antartica

Qantas has announced its intention to fly the first Airbus A380 flight over Antartica on the evening of the 31st December 2009, for passengers to be the first in the world to witness the first light of the 1st Jan 2010. The flight is 11 hours from Sydney (via Melbourne) and before returning to Australia , the Airbus will fly figure of 8 patterns over Antartica, taking in the South Magnetic Pole, the polar icecap, the Trans-Antarctic Range and the French scientific base at Dumont d’Urville.

Chartered by Melbourne-based tour company, Antarctica Sightseeing Flights, Antarctica flights founder Phil Asker say "Antarctica is the world’s coldest, driest and windiest continent, and the fastest, most comfortable way to view it is from the air, which maximises viewing but leaves not a single footprint. Not only will we offer the unique opportunity for New Year’s Eve travellers to farewell 2009 and welcome 2010 flying low and slow over the breathtaking Antarctic landscape – we will offer the bonus opportunity to make aviation history aboard the first commercial flight by an A380 to the south polar region." Antartical Scenic Flights has flown eighty five Antarctic flights from Australia since 1994, all with Boeing 747 aircraft chartered from Qantas.


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