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First Class flight to Antarctica 8th December 2006

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    Any frequent flyer miles?

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    I\'m thinking "Enjoy the warmth, boys and girls. you are about to freeze your nuggets off."

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First Class flight to Antarctica

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This is likely the most expensive flight on earth, combined with likely the least amount of comfort… Inside this Russian Ilyushin freight plane are about 40 people, headed for Antarctica. Most climb Mt Vinson, others to reach the South Pole on skis or by another plane. All have paid -tens of- thousands of dollars for this trip, of which the most expensive part is this flight.

Unfortunately this freight plane has no window seats, to see the changing landscape, it has barely any seats at all :-)
For the take-off and landing -with wheels, on the ice- everybody is lined up on the sides of the plane, but during the flight most people are trying to relax and they sleep on the fuel drums and luggage. I won’t say the service on board is lousy as I was part of the crew that served huge handmade sandwiches which outdid most if not all airline food I ever tasted, but let me say that this trip is, well, different, a suitable start for a great adventure to Terra Incognita…

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