In Australia an enterprising group of Sydney businessmen have thought up a new way of entertaining tourists.
GV: jumbo jet taking off.
SV INTERIOR: passengers in flight looking at maps. (6 shots)
AERIAL VIEWS: of ice floes in sea.
SV INTERIOR: tourist looking out of aircraft window through binoculars.
AERIAL VIEWS: icy wastes of Antarctic mainland. (3 shots)
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Background: In Australia an enterprising group of Sydney businessmen have thought up a new way of entertaining tourists. They are chartering jumbo jets and with 300 passengers on board for each journey they are flying them to the Antarctic -- and back.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian airline Qantas provides the planes and the round trip lasts eleven hours. The organisers say that initial reaction to the scheme has been overwhelming - with returning passengers saying that it was one of the most exciting experience of their lives. With a price tag of up to 450 Australian dollars (???318.00 sterling) per person it has to be something special.
The real excitement begins as the plane approaches the seas surrounding the Antarctic coastline. Ice floes dot the surface - eventually turning to denser pack ice and even - if you're lucky - the odd giant iceberg here and there.
Then come the frozen wastes of the Antarctic mainland. If this was all you got for your money it might seem a little dubious - but the tour organisers go to great pains to show their passengers the various research bases belonging to the Antarctic Treaty Nations - among them installations set up by Britain, The United States, France and the Soviet Union.