Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qantas to fly Aussies to Antarctica

We might not be able to go to Europe or even New Zealand, but Qantas and one travel company wants to take travellers to see Antarctica - well, from the air at least.

Dubbed "the world's most unique scenic flight", Antarctica Flights plans to take Aussies on Qantas 787 Dreamliners to see the icy continent from the air.

From November, travellers will be able to take day trip flights lasting between 12 to 13 hours to see Antarctica from the sky.

Departing from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, the flight doesn't touch down on overseas soil - therefore making it a domestic flight.

Antarctica Flights CEO Bas Bosschieter described it as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

"There is no passport or luggage needed for an Antarctica Flight, you can even go in board shorts if you wish," he told 7 News.

Prices start from $1199 per person in economy but can cost up to $7999 if you opt to go in business class - now that's an expensive day trip.

Travellers will be able to see Antarctica’s sights from the sky.
Travellers will be able to see Antarctica’s sights from the sky.

Australians are currently barred from overseas travel due to coronavirus, with exceptions being only made for essential work and on compassionate grounds.

Virgin chief executive officer Paul Scurrah on Thursday said there may be no return to overseas flights for the airline for up to three years after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the travel industry.

The airline announced on Wednesday the Tigerair discount airline would be axed and 3000 jobs would be lost across the company as part of its relaunch under administrators Bain Capital.

Long-haul flights have also been put on hold for the foreseeable future.


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