Trips overseas aren’t completely off the horizon for Australians in 2020 as Qantas has announced plans to fly Australians to Antarctica.
Starting in November, the airline would fly passengers to view the frozen continent in a bucket-list fulfilling experience.
Taking off from most of the major cities in Australia including Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, you wouldn’t even need to bring your passport for this trip as it’s technically a domestic flight.
With prices starting at $1,199 for an economy seat on the wing, the trip would take around 12 to 13 hours with the first sighting of ice around the 3-hour mark.
Passengers will be able to view dozens of icebergs and ice floes along with the icy-mountainous interior of the South Magentic Pole.
Passengers will also be able to learn more about the region from the Arctic’s leading researchers who will be on-board the flight to provide insight into the environment and the history of the continent.
Video screenings that depict life on the Arctic continent will also be played on board.
The flights will be charted by Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with passengers required to complete a COVID Health and Safety declaration and temperature check prior to boarding.
Passengers will receive food and drinks on-board along with a Qantas pack that includes disposable masks, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser.
They will also receive an extra headrest for the seat rotation that happens mid-way during the flight so passengers can explore the views on the other side of the plane.
So far, seven flights are scheduled from November to February as this is when Antarctica’s weather is at it’s best.