First commercial jet lands in Antarctica

2nd Dec 2015
Written by: Dave Owen

A Boeing 757 has landed on an Antarctic blue-ice runway

Antarctica is argubly the most difficult destination in the world to visit, and for many travellers it’s the only continent they might never reach. That could all be about to change, as a commercial jet has landed in Antarctica for the first time ever.

The Loftleidir Icelandic airliner touched down on a blue-ice runway at Union Glacier, carrying just under 20 people on board.

Passengers celebrate the passenger jet landing in Antarctica

The landing comes as Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), which transports small groups of visitors to Antarctica throughout the year, looks “to prove the feasibility of landing commercial passenger airliners at Union Glacier.” At present the company uses a passenger/cargo aircraft combo that is well-tested in polar conditions.

“The Boeing 757-200 ER, fitted with 62 business class seats, will enhance passenger comfort yet maintain the safety of ALE’s activities and aircraft resources,” said a statement from ALE.

So the cost of travelling to the frozen continent might not be coming down too soon, but this at least promises to make the journey easier, and could lead to other providers offering the route. Don’t give up on your Antarctic dream just yet.


Wildlife Care & Rehabilitation

from £1

14 - 90 days

Care for and help rescued, injured and orphaned African wildlife and give them a second chance in life.

Marketing & Communications Internships in Cape Town

from £920

28 - 168 days

South Africa

Cape Town is a fantastic destination for an international internship - a vibrant and bustling city with diverse business and...

7 Day Surf Camp

from £490

7 days


Immerse yourself into the surf and beach lifestyle with us over an intensive 7 Day Surf Camp. 2 x 2...

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

from £945

14 days

Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture when you travel to Quepos and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children.

International Business Internship In Korea

from £1125

60 days

South Korea

South Korea is an excellent destination to pursue a future career in international business with the vast opportunities the country...

South East Asia Highlights

from £1550

44 days

Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand...

From the hustle and bustle of some of South East Asia’s most dynamic and modern cities to tropical rainforests and...

Teaching in Ghana

from £895

14 - 85 days


Work alongside teachers in the local school to help inspire a passion for learning and run fun and education after...

Madagascar Physiotherapy

from £545

7 days

Help improve the lives of the local community by providing primary healthcare. This exciting programme will show you the reality...

Summer Camp Jobs in America

from £649

63 days

United States of America

Work in the USA at one of over 500 summer camps with children of all ages. Gain over 800 hours...

Volunteer in Temple Renovation in Sri Lanka

from £200

7 - 84 days

Sri Lanka

Volunteer on the Temple Renovation volunteer project in Sri Lanka. Located in Kandy.


Highlights of Chile & Argentina

from £1385

Looking to discover the best of Chile AND Argentina in one unforgettable experience? These 10 days travelling through gorgeous landscapes...

Road to Zanzibar & Spice Islands Sailing Adventure

from £2930

From the Usambara Mountains to the blue waters of the Zanzibar archipelago, discover the remarkable diversity of Tanzania’s landscape on...

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising – Ho Chi Minh to Danang

from £2165

Vietnam is a joy to explore on foot, but small-ship adventure cruising casts this classic destination in a whole new...

Colombia’s Lost City to the Caribbean

One of the unique pleasures of travelling is getting to a place before everyone else. When you make the trek...

Best of Ethiopia

from £3095

Travel to Ethiopia and discover a beautiful country, barely touched by modern society. It’s an incredible combination of history, tradition,...

Hogmanay 4 Day

from £359

Envisage festively-lit streets lined with joyous punters, incredible live bands and one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks display. Now...

Cruise the Norwegian Fjords – Tromsø to Bergen

Venture into the magical and mysterious lands along the coast of the Norwegian Sea for close encounters with glaciers and...

Bali, Flores & Komodo Explorer

from £1444

If you’re looking to get in three of the Indonesian islands on a trip that combines proven highlights with off-the-beaten-path...

Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

from £1704

Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of northern Spain on this food-led adventure. Immerse yourself in culture, history and cuisine...

La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure

from £1104

Breathe in the Inca spirit of La Paz and dance in the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on this two-week...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]