What an adventure! ... from the spectacular reception and check-in experience at the airport, to the flawless service and entertainment throughout our flight, this was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be hard to beat!
R Hallett, 2015
Your Antarctica flight will depart and return to the Qantas Domestic Terminal at Sydney Airport. Check in is at least 45 minutes prior to the departure of your flight.
Check in at 6:45am
Depart Sydney 7:30am
Return Sydney 8:30pm
These flight times should be used as a guide only and are subject to change. Confirmation of exact times will be provided with your final documentation.
For guests joining our flight from other Domestic or International ports, please ensure you arrive at least two hours prior to the departure time mentioned above. Please also allow two hours to join Domestic or International connections.
You will receive an Antarctica Flights lanyard with a special E-ticket card enclosed with your final documentation. You will need to present this E-ticket card together with photo identification issued by a Government Authority at the Domestic departure gate allocated to the Antarctica Sightseeing flight. The gate number will be advised in your final documentation.
Photo identification includes a driver’s licence, passport or a document issued by the Commonwealth of Australia or an Australian State and Territory. If you do not have any of these documents please contact your booking agent at your earliest convenience.
Passengers under the age of 18 years who are travelling with an adult do not need separate photograph identification. Anyone under 18 years of age, who is not travelling with an adult from the point of origin, must present a student card or applicable identification.
Qantas Club Members and passengers travelling Ice or Business Class are welcome to use the Qantas Club Lounge.
There will be Antarctic Expeditioners onboard who will give commentary over the public address system and will also move around the aircraft to talk to passengers in smaller groups. They are passionate about the amazing continent of Antarctica and we trust that you will enjoy meeting them,
A 60 minute video of your Antarctica experience will be shot on digital tape using 3 cameras: 2 mounted cameras (one in Ice class and one in the flight deck of the aircraft) and one roaming. Further information and order forms will be included in your final documentation pack.
Please note checked in luggage cannot be accepted on this flight.
Whilst we will be over the Antarctica Treaty area for around 4 hours, approximately 2½ - 3 hours will be spent flying over the actual Antarctic continent with its high rugged cliffs, spectacular mountains and glaciers and huge expanses of ice. Your first view of Antarctica is likely to be an isolated iceberg and you can expect great excitement to come over the aircraft when the first icebergs are seen. We will then fly over the incredible Polar Icecap for some time before reaching the coast and descending to a lower altitude.
In planning our route, considerable time is taken to select the most spectacular area of Antarctica within the range of the aircraft. The selected area will be chosen taking into account:
Qantas has prepared 19 different flight plans to enable the Captain to choose the best possible routing, taking weather conditions into account. An example of one of our most popular flights routes from Melbourne is to fly over Hobart then head directly to the South Magnetic Pole. Normally we see the first icebergs approximately 3 hours 30 minutes south of Melbourne. We continue over the sea ice to the French base at Dumont d’Urville, where buildings and vehicles are usually visible, before heading east along the coast over Commonwealth Bay (location of Mawson’s Hut). From there, we turn inland and fly south east over the Transantarctic Range to Cape Washington and explore the spectacular mountains of Northern Victoria Land, Cape Hallet and Cape Adare.
You can be sure there will be plenty of time for good photographic opportunities and excellent viewing.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CHECK-IN
Please go directly to the departure gate noted in your travel documents. Do not check-in at any other check-in counters or kiosks.
There are no facilities for checked luggage on our flights. Please limit your hand luggage to a small airline type cabin bag plus a handbag or camera equipment. For the comfort and safety of all passengers it is necessary to limit the size and weight of your cabin luggage in accordance with standard airline practice consisting of:
SECURITY AT AIRPORTS
Governments have directed that for security reasons dangerous goods including knives, scissors, sharp objects of any kind, hypodermic needles, knitting needles, catapults, or any tools may not be carried in your cabin baggage. If these articles are carried in your cabin baggage or person, the airport screening services will remove them. They will not be returned to you.
The airport screening service will examine the personal medication of diabetic and other passengers with a medical need. They may be removed should the medication not be professionally manufactured and labeled.
CAMERAS & VIDEOS
Use of still and video cameras is permitted during the flight. A professional video will be made of the flight and is expected to show all major scenic highlights of the area. A 60 minute video of your Antarctica experience will be shot on digital tape using three cameras: one mounted camera in Business Class, one in the flight deck and one roaming. A DVD order form will be included in your documentation pack.
As listed in the tour brochure, the cost of the flight is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show. If you have not taken out travel insurance you may now wish to do so.
FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
Charter flights like ours do not accumulate frequent flyer points as they are not scheduled Qantas flights.
QANTAS CLUB LOUNGES
Qantas Club Members, Ice Class and Business Class passengers have access to the Qantas Club Lounge in the Domestic Terminal in Sydney prior to departure.
Where Antarctica Flights has made arrangements for connecting flights, we have allowed as much time as possible between your arrival in Sydney and departure of your Antarctica flight.
If you are at all concerned about the connecting time, or you have made your own arrangements, please contact us as the Antarctica flight cannot be delayed due to late domestic connections and it is each passenger’s responsibility to ensure they are at the departure lounge in adequate time to join the flight.
You will receive the full traditional Qantas international service appropriate to your class of travel. Complimentary bar service will be provided throughout the flight. Brunch will be served between Sydney and Antarctica. Further snacks will be provided and drinks are available from the galley whilst over the ice. Dinner will be served between Antarctica and Sydney.
Economy Class Centre - $1,199
These are the two seats in the middle rows of the Economy Class section (seats E, F). Centre Economy seats do not rotate.
Economy Class Standard - $1,999
These are the four seats on each side of the aircraft in the Economy Class section over or near the wing area and will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey. Each passenger will have a window seat or the seat next to a window seat for half of the ﬂight and an aisle seat for the other half of the ﬂight.
Economy Class Superior - $2,999
The rear Economy Class section is reserved for Economy Class Superior passengers. All seat rows are well clear of the wing for excellent viewing. These are the four seats on each side of the aircraft and will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey. Each passenger will have a window seat or the seat next to a window seat for half of the ﬂight and an aisle seat for the other half.
Premium Economy Class - $3,299
These are Qantas’ international Premium Economy seats, with slightly larger seats and seat pitch than regular Economy Class seats. The seats are in a 2-4-2 conﬁguration, giving more space than in the Economy cabin. Seats are located over the wing. Each passenger will have a window seat or seat next to a window seat for half of the ﬂight and a centre seat for the other half of the ﬂight.
Business Class Centre - $4,299
These are the three seats in the centre row in the downstairs Business Class cabin. Although they do not rotate to a window seat full Business Class facilities, food and drinks are provided.
Business Class Deluxe - $7,499
All seats are either a window or aisle seat next to the window seat. The window and the adjacent aisle seats will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey.
Ice Class - $7,999
All seats in the exclusive front cabin are full length sleeper seats. Ice Class passengers will either have a window or / aisle seat next to the window seat. The window and the adjacent aisle seats will be rotated at the halfway point of the journey. Ice Class passengers will also enjoy extra beneﬁts including the ﬁnest Champagne and a complimentary gift pack.
* per person estimate based on the options selected below