Date Posted: 22/04/2019
In the last quarter of 2019, Adelaide based aviation enthusiasts will be in for a special treat with Qantas releasing revenue seats online for a once-off Boeing 747-400 service into Adelaide.
For the last few years we have seen the Queen of the Skies operating Antarctica sightseeing flights out of Adelaide, but each time the airline needs to position an aircraft into Adelaide they ferry it in empty and don’t allow passengers to book a seat on board.
This has now all changed! This year for the first time passengers are now able to book seats on board these ferry flights into Adelaide, with Qantas opening up flights for bookings today.
On 23 November 2019, a Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate in lieu of the usual Boeing 737-800 service on QF743. The flight departs Sydney Domestic Airport (T3) at 1840hrs (6:40pm AEST) and arrives into Adelaide Airport at 2015hrs (08:15pm ACST). The flight has a scheduled duration of 2hrs and 5mins, but on average the flight should only take less than this.
The following day the jumbo will take off on a thirteen hour round trip to Antarctica, taking in various sights over the four hour tour. The sightseeing flight departs early on Sunday morning at 0800hrs (8:00am ACST), and touches back down in Adelaide at 2100hrs (9:00pm ACST).
On the 25 November, the Boeing 747 will head back to Sydney as QF736. The flight will depart just after midday at 1235hrs (12:35pm ACST) and arrives later that day in Sydney at 1500hrs (3:00pm AEST).
Prices start at $160 in Economy and $925 in Business Class, at the time of uploading this article there are 9 classic flight award seats in each cabin starting as low as 12,000 points*^ one way. The Adelaide to Adelaide (Antartica Scenic Flight) will need to be purchased via antarticaflights.com and prices start from $1,199.
VH-OJU is scheduled to be operating this flight as it is the only aircraft left in the Qantas Boeing 747 fleet that aligns with the two seat maps provided by each operator. I also suspect that this will be the last time we will ever see this airframe in Adelaide, following its retirement in the coming months.
On board there are three classes to enjoy with 40 seats in Business Class on the lower deck configured into a 2-3-2 layout, and on the upper deck there’s a smaller business cabin seating 18 passengers in a 2-2 configuration.
Premium Economy follows behind on the main deck, offering 36 seats configured into a 2-4-2 layout. When booking online or with your travel agent you may notice that there is no booking section to get into the Premium Economy cabin. These seats are reserved for the airlines’ Frequent Flyers, including Platinum One, Platinum and Gold members meaning that you can enjoy the trip and enjoy a premium experience for the cost of just an economy ticket.
Economy Class follows behind, offering a huge 270 seats across a 3-4-3 seating configuration.
This flight is now available to book online at Qantas.com or with your friendly travel agent, but don’t hold back in booking seats as I’m sure this will become a popular flight and it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a flight on the Boeing 747-400 without travelling overseas or taking time off work.
DISCLAIMER: Details are correct at time of posting this article, departure times may change without notice from the airline and those changes may not be reflected on here. This information should only be used as a guide. For up to date departure information please check with the operating airline.
*^there will be an additional charge of $43 for points bookings.