Qantas To Resume Sightseeing Flights Over Antarctica
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Qantas Airways plans to resume sightseeing flights over Antarctica for the first time in 15 years.
The airline said today it intended to operate six charter flights out of Melbourne from New Year’s Eve to February using a Boeing 747-300.
Qantas last sent a charter flight to Antarctica one week after an Air New Zealand DC-10 crashed into the side of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus volcano in November 1979, killing 257 people.
The flights will spend about one hour sightseeing along the shores of Antarctica before heading inland to the Magnetic Pole and over the South Pole.
Qantas head of Boeing 747 operations, Capt. Trevor Jensen, said travelers on the flight would see ″massive snow cliffs that drop straight into the ocean, huge icebergs breaking away from the ice pack, glaciers and mountain ranges.″