Supermoon from a super Qantas 787

May 11, 2021
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Qantas 787. Credit Richard Kreider

Cosmic cocktails and supermoon cakes will be on the menu when Qantas launches a one-off B787 Dreamliner supermoon scenic flight to offer a limited number of passengers a closer viewing of the upcoming supermoon later this month.

It will be the second and last supermoon for 2021 and also coincides with a full lunar eclipse, making it a rare double phenomenon, with the moon expected to turn red against the night sky.

Qantas has been operating a wide range of sightseeing flights during COVID-19 including Antarctic and aurora flights – all carbon offset.

Qantas says CSIRO astronomer Dr. Vanessa Moss will work with the pilots to design the optimal flight path over the Pacific Ocean and also join the flight from Sydney to provide insights into supermoons and all things space and astronomy.

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Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said Qantas is committed to coming up with unique flying experiences, especially while travel options are limited.

“We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the popularity of our special flights. The recent mystery flights sold out within 15 minutes with hundreds of people on waiting lists and they keep telling us they want more,” Ms. Tully said.

“We are very excited to now be doing a supermoon scenic flight and the 787 has the largest windows of any passenger aircraft so it’s ideal for moon gazing. We think this flight has great appeal for anyone with a passion for astronomy, science, space photography, aviation, or just keen to do something a little ‘out of this world’.”

The three-hour flight will depart from Sydney and begin with a scenic flyover of Sydney Harbour before climbing above any potential cloud cover and atmosphere pollution to a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet – the maximum cruising altitude of a Dreamliner – for supermoon and full lunar eclipse viewing.

The Moon will be at its closest point or pedigree, coming within 357,311 kilometers of Earth at 11:50 am AEST on Wednesday 26 May. The total lunar eclipse will occur between 9:11 pm and 9:25 pm AEST when the Moon is 357,462 km from Earth.

The flight will operate with net-zero emissions, with 100 per cent of emissions carbon offset.

Just over 100 seats go on sale via at midday Wednesday 13 May 2021 with fares starting from $499 for economy (with a Qantas Points earn of 1,500 points plus 20 Status Credits), $899 for premium economy (Qantas Points earn of 2,500 and 40 Status Credits)  and $1,499 for business (4,000 Qantas Points earn plus 80 Status Credits).

The flight will operate with COVID-19 Fly Well procedures in place.