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    Posted March 22, 2014 by
    Pretoria, South Africa
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Airline routes South Indian Ocean

    Miss Jenny Harrison mentioned in her weather report on Thursday 20 March 2014, that in the southern Indian Ocean where the search is currently going on for flight MH370 there aren't any commercial airline routes. This is not entirely accurate. Quantas fly daily flights between Sydney and Johannesburg. From Sydney their Boeing 747 flies along the eastern coast of Australia and Tasmania to Antartica coast line. This leg of the flight takes about 5 hours. Once the aeroplane reaches Antartica, it turns westwards and flies for another 4 hours before it turns northwest and flies "upwards" to Johannesburg. The flight time is approximately 14 hours. The reason for this, is to avoid strong westerly head winds over the southern Indian Ocean. The return flight is a more direct line between Johannesburg and Sydney where the aeroplane will fly in a tail wind condition (with a jet stream). Quantas also fly direct flights between Perth and Johannesburg. Attached are two beautiful photographs that my daughter Annamaria took on a flight between Sydney and Johannesburg on 2nd December 2013 when the aeroplane flew on a sunny day along Antartica coast. Certainly a beautiful day in a pristine location of the world. I think your viewers will also enjoy these photos. Lastly, I don't know if there are flights between Mauritius and Australia.

    One request: Please give my comments and photos to Jenny Harrison (World /Weather).
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