The travel migration is well and truly on. While the country is in dire need of an escape, curating plans to traverse the land Down Under via car, boat plane or foot, an extreme holiday destination has emerged as a serious contender for first-trip fever. Antarctica Flights has just unveiled its 2022/23 journey itinerary, offering trips to the frozen wilderness from all major Australian cities. Sure, it might not be Bali in the Summer, but it beats sweltering in the sun.
According to Antarctica Flights, journeys kick off with ventures from Sydney on 6th November, departing from Sydney airport on the ultra-modern Qantas 787 Dreamliner. Ten flights in total will take place between November 2022 and February 2023, each offering a full day Antarctic experience, with polar explorers onboard to talk through the ‘extraordinary environment’ in view.
The addition of the 787 Dreamliner marks a stark departure for the cul travel operator. For the last 25 years, Antarctica Flights has utilised 747 planes, however, the aircraft’s recent retirement has given way for a more modern route, complete with better views due to the 787’s larger windows. Each flight will accommodate around 220 passengers, with a choice of seating options from Business through to Explorer Economy.
For those who have never experienced our globe’s southernmost landmass, the journey across the Southern Ocean is far quicker than you may think. Just three hours from the tip of Australia, passengers will be able to see a first glimpse of scattered ice followed by icebergs and ice floes. From there, the Qantas 787 Dreamliner aircraft will fly over the Southern continent, gifting traveller’s an unimpeded view of the rugged topography of mainland Antarctica.
“Antarctica Flights offer the ultimate one-day adventure,” Antarctica Flights CEO Bas Bosschieter said. “It’s a chance to see this extraordinary white wilderness from the air, and learn about the southernmost continent from polar experts, at the same time as experiencing the fabulous new Qantas 787 Dreamliner. You get to travel overseas, no luggage or passport required!”
Antarctica Flights prices start at AUD$1,199 for an Explorer Economy Seat and range up to USD$7,999 for a Business Class Deluxe. According to the brand, the flights are between 9,500-10,500kms round trip (approximately 12.5 hours) dependent upon departure city. Departure dates and locations are as follows:
- Sydney – 6 November 2022: 31 December 2022
- Hobart – 13 November 2022
- Brisbane – 20 November 2022; 12 February 2023
- Perth – 27 November 2022
- Canberra – 4 December 2022
- Melbourne – 31 December 2022; 19 February 2023
- Adelaide – 5 February 2023