Air New Zealand will fly a Boeing 767-300ER to McMurdo Sound in Antarctica on October 5, 2013 to evaluate the possibility of operating charter flights to the farthest southern continent.
The proving flight will depart from Auckland. Research organization, Antarctica New Zealand, plans to fly scientists to and from the island on Air New Zealand.
The 767s will land at the blue ice runway at Pegasus Field near McMurdo Sound.
Australian Antarctic, a research organisation, operates regular flights to the Wilkins blue ice runway in Antarctica using Airbus A319CJ aircraft.
In the late 1970s, Air New Zealand operated sightseeing flights over Antarctica (without landing) for a brief period.