Planes especially acquired for the UK-Australia nonstop route are being redeployed by Qantas on joy flights to Antarctica.
The airline originally kitted out its Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” fleet to connect London Heathrow with Perth in Western Australia, a distance of over 9,000 miles.
Since the first flight on 25 March 2018, the nonstop option proved extremely popular with passengers – until the coronavirus pandemic grounded the link.
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With no indication of when Australia might open its frontiers once more to international visitors, Qantas has decided to deploy the jet on flights to Antarctica and back – without stopping.
The trips are organised by Antarctica Flights, based in a southeastern suburb of Melbourne. The city is currently back on lockdown.
The southern summer flights start from the beleaguered Victorian capital on 15 November.
Passengers are invited to pay upwa..