View from the Airbus A380 window over Antarctica

View from the Airbus A380 window over Antarctica

The Airbus A380 is an amazing aircraft. Antarctica is an amazing continent. 2010 was the end to an amazing decade. Put them all together and what do you get? One amazing party.

A Qantas Airbus A380 celebrated the New Year by taking 450 lucky folks to the southern most part of the world. The A380 left Melbourne on Thursday afternoon with 24 crew members, passengers and even a jazz band and returned Friday morning, never having to fly in darkness due to being so far south.

This was the 40th Antarctica sight-seeing trip for Captain John Dennis. Previous trips have normally been done in Boeing 747’s, but this was the first time it has been done in the Airbus A380. “Every single flight we do, it’s hard to get the grin off your face. Pictures can’t do it justice. It’s so vast,” Dennis said.

The cheapest ticket was just over $900.00 USD and the most expensive was around $5500.00 USD. To the average person, it might seem silly to pay so much for a flight that goes no where, but as an aviation nerd, that sounds like a good deal. I think I just added a new thing to my “Do Before I Die” list…

You can view more photos of the party onboard via SMH.

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