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Australia’s Croydon Travel nears 20 years over Antarctica

July 10, 2013 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia’s Antarctic flight specialist Croydon Travel has announced its 2013/ 2014 flight program.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the venture, which has conveyed more than 32,000 passengers over Antarctica so far.

This season, the company will operate a total of six flights from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, CroydonBrisbane and Perth to the great white continent, which is also the world’s driest, coldest and windiest continent.

Croydon Travel picked a winner when it chose to cooperate with Qantas back in 1994. Antarctica Flights, as the joint venture is called, has conducted almost 120 fights to the Antarctic in the past 19 years.

Croydon Travel has been operating since 1971 in Croydon, Victoria, 27 kilometres  east of Melbourne’s CBD.

The travel agency is owned and operated by Phil Asker, in conjunction with Australia Pacific Touring. Asker established Croydon Travel in the 1970s and has grown the business from a small suburban travel agency to an international tour operator that services travellers throughout PenguinAustralia and overseas. As well as Antarctica, it offers a retail travel service, conference/incentive/corporate organising and a specialist cruising department.

The Antarctica flights have proved popular with passengers from around the world, not just Australia.

Antarctica is almost twice the size of Australia. The world’s driest continent, it paradoxically holds 75% of the world’s water. It also produces winds of 320kmh and temperatures as low as -89C. In the cabin of the Qantas 747-400ER however, all is mild and pleasant. Passengers can relax while sipping champagne.

Qantas pilots survey satellite photos the day before each flight. From up to 16 routes they choose the one which will give the best view. All Antarctic bases are informed of the route and the flight crew is in constant contact with the bases for last-minute weather changes.

Throughout the flight, Antarctic experts wander through the cabin, chatting to passengers and providing commentaries from the flight deck.

Written by : Peter Needham

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