Join Antarctica experts and fly over the coast and mountains of the vast continent of Antarctica.
On this flight over East Antarctica, you will enjoy the comfort of flying in a Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Offering a birds eye view of the magnificence and scale of Antarctica, with vistas such as ice formations, frigid mountain ranges, glaciers and, if you are lucky, research stations and historic sights.
This Antarctica Flight is a completely different experience from traditional ship-based Antarctic expeditions. They provide the opportunity to experience the Great White Continent in a single day from a unique perspective. Flying over the continent, this flight offers passengers a greater appreciation of Antarctica’s sheer size and scale compared to ship-based expeditions.
Book with Confidence
Should your flight not be able to depart due to government restrictions with coronavirus, you can choose from
either of the following:
1. Transfer to an alternative departure date at no extra cost. Subject to availability.
2. Receive a full refund, excluding a $75 per person administration fee.
Frequently asked questions
How does the seat swap work?
We will be doing a seat swap during the flight. As can be seen on the Seat Swap diagram on the Seating Plan the aim is to give passengers in the seating classes that will be doing a seat swap time in a window seat or seat next to a window. Please Note the Economy Class – Limited View category will not be doing a seat swap. The helpful Qantas staff onboard will be facilitating the seat swap and instructing on the cleaning regime required during the process.
Where will we fly & what if it is bad weather?
Weather is not generally the issue, cloud cover is our biggest challenge. We have 20 different routes we can follow and the Captain will choose the route with they anticipate will provide the best viewing on the day. It is noted that weather conditions can change quickly in Antarctica, even mid-flight. For our South Pole flight, we will be at the mercy of the conditions on the day. This route is focused on the history and scale of the epic journeys of Amundsen and Scott.
What time will we fly?
Most Antarctica flights will depart early morning with the exception of the New Years flight which will depart in the evening and enjoy the midnight sun.
Are there any age Restrictions for the Flight?
There are no age restriction on the flights, although please be aware that there is no discounted pricing for children.
Please Note: this is a long flight for young children and we do not recommend the trip for children aged 8 years and younger. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I use or redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points or credits for my flight?
As this is a chartered flight, they do not accumulate or accept frequent flyer points. Any credits held with Qantas can also not be used to purchase these flights.
Can I access the Qantas Airport Lounge?
Yes, the Qantas Airport Lounges can be accessed for passengers who hold the required loyalty status.
Can I reserve a particular seat?
You can select a seating class but not a particular seat. The Seating allocation will be finalised close to departure taking into consideration all booking requirements.
Can I offset the carbon emissions from my flight?
As a member of Responsible Travel, Chimu Adventures have always put measures in place to reduce our impact on the environment.
We take the health and safety of our passengers and crew seriously during COVID 19. As such we will be undertaking these additional COVID safety measures during your Aurora flight, in partnership with Qantas and airport authorities:
Depending on your departure city, you will travel between 9,500 km round trip. A team of Antarctica Experts from Chimu Adventures will be on board to explain the continent’s landscapes and history as you fly over Antarctica. Over the years, Chimu have assembled one of Australia’s largest and most experienced Antarctica teams. They utilise the experience and knowledge of thier staff to provide a fantastic experience for clients.
Generally it takes around three hours of flying time south of Australia before you start to see scattered icebergs and shortly after you normally reach the continent itself, where, weather permitting, you’ll get to take in the dramatic mountains, glaciers and frozen landscapes of Antarctica. You will spend 3 – 4 hours flying over the Antarctic continent and weather permitting you’ll hope to reduce the flying altitude to approximately 20,000 feet to give improved viewing of some areas.
On each departure date the team carefully consider a number of factors, including weather, cloud cover and ice conditions to help provide you the best viewing experience on the day. Working with Qantas, we have 20 different potential flight paths to choose from, all of which have a variety of interesting features to see.