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Tue, 11 May 2021

Qantas to Operate Special Supermoon Flight on 26 May

Qantas has confirmed that it will fly a limited number of passengers on a special, scenic flight to see the supermoon later this month.

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

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 to provide insights into supermoons and all things space and astronomy.

The flight will depart from, and return to, Sydney and is the latest in a series of special flights Qantas has operated for travellers eager to take to the skies.

Picture of a Supermoon by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Stephanie Tully, Chief Customer Officer at Qantas, said, 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. We are very excited to now be doing a supermoon scenic flight and the 787 has the largest windows of any passenger aircraft so its 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 the 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 Boeing 787 Dreamliner for supermoon and full lunar eclipse viewing.

The moon will be at its closest point, or perigree, coming within 357,311 kilometres of Earth at 11:50 AEST on Wednesday, 26 May. The total lunar eclipse will occur between 21:11 and 21:25 AEST, when the moon is 357,462 km from earth.

The flight will operate with net zero emissions, with 100% of emissions carbon offset.

Just over 100 seats go on sale via Qantas' website at midday on Wednesday, 12 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).

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