A flight bringing home 115 stranded Australians is set to become the longest commercial service ever operated by Qantas.
The 14,683km repatriation flight from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Darwin will touch down just before 8pm on Wednesday.
The flight, which is 184km farther than Qantas' Perth to London journey, is the third longest route in the world.
Qantas's longest ever flight is set to land in Darwin just before 8pm on Wednesday, bringing 115 Australians home fro Buenos Aires (pictured, a Qantas plane at Darwin Airport)
Buenos Aires was in lockdown for a 244-day stretch from March 20 to November 11 in 2020, plus a short circuit-breaker lockdown in May this year.
The flight from Argentina's capital city will see travellers get amazing views of the South Pole, after careful planning plotted the fastest route to travel over Antarctica.
'We're used to looking at the world map as a rectangle but of course we are a globe, so when you look at it like that it makes perfect sense to fly over Antarctica,' Northern Territory Airports' aviation development analyst Bruce Dale told The Australian.
The Boeing 787-9 being used for the flight has particularly large windows and paired with the air quality in the region, those on board will get the best possible views en