A bird’s-eye over icy frontier a cool daytrip

A one-day flight to Antarctica may just be Perth’s coolest day out in 2021.

The flight from Perth is on Australia Day, January 26, 2021, on a privately chartered Qantas 787 Dreamliner with full international service. There are 19 route possibilities — the crew picks the route to suit weather conditions on the day.

Each flight lasts for 12 to 14 hours and takes about 220 passengers.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this given what we are currently living through,” Antarctica Flights chief executive Bas Bosschieter says.

“The fact that borders don’t come into it allows us to provide guests with a unique travel opportunity.

“Antarctica Flights offer the ultimate one-day adventure. It’s a chance to see this extraordinary white wilderness from the air, and learn about the southernmost continent from polar experts.”

Antarctica Flights was founded by Phil Asker more than 25 years ago, and has traditionally used the Boeing 747. But the aircraft was recently retired by Qantas, and Antarctica Flights have changed to the 787 Dreamliner, which has bigger windows.

Bas adds: “I have to say, the change to the 787 Dreamliner will be a bonus for guests on board. A third (fewer) guests, and windows that are 70 per cent larger. The experience is going to be amazing.”

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