On 27th April 2013 it will be that time of year again: the “Deutsche Polarflug” (German Polar Flight) will take off at 8:00 a.m. on airberlin flight number AB1111 to fly to the North Pole.
It’s a 12 hour round-trip flight from Berlin onboard an Airbus A330-200.
During the flight, experts on the Arctic region will explain the special features of the Arctic landscape from the cockpit.
The airberlin long-haul Airbus will repeatedly descend from its cruising altitude during the journey, to give the passengers a better view of the snow-covered mountains, ice floes and fjords.
At the North Pole the Airbus A330-200 will circle the earth twice, by crossing all 360 lines of longitude in just a few minutes.
On the way back the aircraft will follow the rugged eastern coast of Greenland, and then fly over Iceland and Scotland to return to Berlin. During the flight the airberlin cabin crew will serve meals inspired by Nordic influence, which have been created especially for this expeditionary flight.
The cost is 499 euros (which is about $650 and still cheaper than an Arctic cruise), and even though you won’t earn any AAdvantage Miles, the flight is eligible to earn miles in airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer program.
Though it seems like it would be a lot of fun to take the flight even if didn’t earn any miles (gasp!).