The Dream of the North Pole
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*** 23 April 2016: After a fascinating 11:59 trip over the Arctic, our 9th North Pole flight, AB9669 operated by Airbus 330-200 D-ABXD, has landed safely at DUS Airport. A big thank you to Cpt Wilhelm Heinz, 1st officer Bastian William Midasch, Dominic Taylor and his cabin crew, the airberlin ad-hoc charter, catering, PR and flight planning departments and DUS station, and to our team and passengers and of course everyone who contributed!!!***
*** Reports from the 23 April flight:
Video-Best of by Alexander Mohl!
Nordlandseite: Rätsel um Expedition gelöst!
Patrick Becker Photography
GPS track of the flight (zipped gpx file ): http://www.airevents.de/formulars/gpx_nordpol_2016.zip.
!!! Please read and consider our health notice below in the box text "Important Information". To minimize the risk of medical diversions, we can only carry passengers whose physical conditions allow for a 12-hours flight. Thank you!!!
New: Open Bar concept - beer, wine and a selected range of long drinks (all from lunchtime on) are included in the flight price, as well as champagne when we reach the pole.
The Polar region and the North Pole itself belong to the most remote and undiscovered regions on earth. It was under enormous stresses and strains that discoverers from all parts of the planet tried to withstand the harsh climate up here and reach the Pole - often with dramatic consequences.
Pictures: Thomas Bujack
We make reaching the pole a whole lot easier for you and invite you to join us on the 9th Polar Sightseeing Flight, operated by airberlin from Düsseldorf/Germany on 23 April 2016. This flight follows eight successful flights from Düsseldorf and Berlin between 2007 and 2015.
Pictures: Thomas Bujack, Sven Maertens
Join us, and travel to the North Pole in style!
Our comfortable Airbus A330-200 will depart Düsseldorf for our 12 hour flight over the Arctis to the North Pole and back.
You can expect an exciting routing through the Arctic on the way to the pole and back, as well as dedicated catering and inflight entertainment incl. Arctic-specific lectures by scientists who join us on our trip.
Pictures: Thomas Bujack
On the way to the pole, we usually overfly Svalbard, better known as Spitsbergen, in cruising altitude. It will depend on ad-hoc ATC permission if we can fly a bit lower. In case of good weather, you can expect interesting views even from higher altitudes.
We then continue towards the 90°N North pole position where we circumnavigate the world twice – in both directions (subject to ATC overflight approval from all countries concerned, incl. Russia). At the present location, we will be just as close to Alaska as to the North Cape of Norway. The distance to Northern Canada is only 750 kilometres from here, we are much closer to the American continent now than to Europe.
After having overflown the pole, we continue towards Eastern Greenland and might be able to see parts of its coastline. On some of our previous flights we could overfly the coastline of eastern Greenland, and sights were always spectacular.
Pictures: Thomas Bujack, Sven Maertens
All in all, we will spend about five hours in the polar region, offering you the most spectacular and unforgettable views.
The described routing is subject to wind and weather conditions and the necessary ATC permissions which are always ad-hoc. Anyway, our pilot has several planned routings to choose from to grant best viewing opportunities. Thus, in any case, our captain and the ops department of airberlin will do their best to get permissions from the ATC of up to 8 different countries to fly the best possible route.
Pictures: Publicvision (Lars Bastian), Thomas Bujack
airberlin´s Airbus A330-200 is a state-of-the-art longhaul aircraft and one of the few types capable of operating such a polar flight.
The seat configuration and medium size of this aircraft make it ideal for our sightseeing flight. Two aisles allow you to move around the cabin and have a look through the window even when you are not sitting in a window seat.
Pictures: Thomas Bujack
airberlin will have one of its most experienced cockpit crews perform our sightseeing flight, which has operated a number of polar flights bringing cruise ship passengers to destinations such as Spitsbergen, Greenland or Tierra del Fuego, as well as our previous Northpole flights.
Dates, Booking Classes and Fares
airberlin's next Arctic flight from Düsseldorf will take between eleven and twelve hours and depart on 23 April 2016.
||Düsseldorf- Arctic - Düsseldorf
||23 APR 2016
||approx. 22:00 h|
We invite you to join our scenic flights in one of our five different classes.
In general, all passengers are permitted and encouraged to move around the cabin in times without service. Let fellow passengers have a look through your window and enjoy a look through theirs!
The flight is subject to a sufficient number of bookings (about 200 persons) by early February 2016. Advanced seat reservations are possible in all classes (unless otherwise indicated) at no additional charge. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request your preferred seat, or use the REMARK field during the online booking process).
You will be sitting on one of our inner seats (D,E,F or G). Whenever possible, you can move around the cabin and have a look through other passengers´ windows and those that are freely accessible.
EUR 666,- (incl. seat reservation)
EUR 499,- (Special - seat allocation at check-in)
Note: Since rows 15 and 20 have no windows, seats 15 and 20 AC/HK belong to Polar Basic category.
During the whole flight, you will be sitting on your personal over-wing seat in the outer section of our aircraft (rows 21-33), meaning a very good view out. If you wish to sit together, we recommend to combine a window- and an aisle seat for optimal views.
Window Seat (A, K): EUR 1,222
Aisle Seat (C, H): EUR 999,-
Window + Aisle Seats together (A+C or H+K): EUR 1,888
During the whole flight, you will be sitting on your personal outer-section seat in the front or rear of the aircraft (rows 2-19, 37-50), meaning an excellent view out. If you wish to sit together, we recommend to combine a window- and an aisle seat for optimal views.
Window Seat (A, K): EUR 1,999,-
Aisle Seat (C, H): EUR 1222,-
Window + Aisle Seats together (A+C or H+K): EUR 2,999,-
Polar Premium XL
During the whole flight, you will be sitting on your personal outer-section extended-legroom seat in the front or rear of the aircraft (rows 1, 14, 36), meaning an excellent view out. If you wish to sit together, we recommend to combine a window- and an aisle seat for optimal views.
Window Seat (A, K): EUR 2,222,- FULLY BOOKED / WAITING LIST
Aisle Seat (C, H): EUR 1,444,-
Window + Aisle Seats together (A+C or H+K): EUR 3,333,- FULLY BOOKED / WAITING LIST
Check-in, Anreisemöglichkeiten und Unterkunft in Düsseldorf
Our departure for the Arctic is scheduled for 9 a.m., which our check-in counters closing 60 minutes earlier. Thus, we recommend you to enjoy an evening out in Düsseldorf the night before - the city's old town is really exiting! The same recommendation applies for your way back home after our exciting flight. As we cannot promise an exact arrival time (maybe our pilot decides to fly some additional rounds...), we recommend you to spend the night after the flight in Düsseldorf, too.
Weather conditions and Routing
In any travel to polar regions, and not only there, weather is an important and sometimes unpredictable factor. North of the polar circle, snow storms are a possibility even in July. Our flight crew will receive weather forecasts and ATC permissions and restrictions before the flight and updates throughout and plan our route accordingly. This is why we cannot give you a guarantee that we will fly the exact route described above. The same applies to the weather en route. We cannot, and nobody can, give a guarantee for great weather throughout the flight. As our trip of more than 9.000 km takes us through a number of climatic zones, yes the weather will probably change as we fly and not necessarily be bright throughout our trip.
Reports from our previous flightsReport of the last (2015) Polarflug @ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALy_GcMD3qc
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*** Our 7th Northpole flight has well returned to Berlin Tegel at 19:54 hrs on 27 April - after 11:50 hours of flying through the Arctic. We thank your crew and all airberlin staff involved, our TEAM and of course all 262 passengers for this wonderful day.***
*** Here is a Report on the flight from German TV Station RBB!***
*** And a great YouTube Video uploaded by Sam Chui: Sam Chui / Youtube ***
*** And a great report (in Italian) at: http://www.md80.it/bbforum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=42453 ***
***We thank all passengers for joining us on this spectacular trip! Pictures are available at www.nordlandseite.de.***
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*** Within minutes after your booking, we will automatically send you an invoice and booking confirmation. Please print it out and provide it at the airberlin check-in together with your passport. Check-in closes 60 minutes prior to departure. Additional written travel documents will be distributed approximately 2-4 weeks prior to departure. We recommend to purchase a travel insurance e.g. at www.elvia.de.***|
***Seat reservation requests can be sent to email@example.com, or use the REMARKS field during the booking process. With their booking, all passengers confirm to agree both to our (AirEvents Ltd.) terms and conditions and to the Conditions of Carriage of Air Berlin. ***
*** Important health notice
The flight is open for passengers over 8 years in good physical condition. In the case of physical handicaps, please let us know when making your reservation so that we can try to accommodate you in the best possible way. Passengers with diseases that are a risk for the flight operation (heart diseases, circulatory disorder, higher than usual risk of thrombosis…) cannot be carried as a medical interruption of the flight could endanger our expedition. Please contact us (best before your booking) in case of such diseases.***