Jet2.com Passengers Get Bird’s Eye View of Total Eclipse of the Sun
Fifty seven passengers were able to see today’s total solar eclipse from the best viewpoint in the world, the sky, thanks to a one-off Jet2.com flight chartered by Omega Holidays.
The flight, one of a handful of special charters, set off from Glasgow Airport at 07.30 and flew north of the Faroe Islands reaching a height of 38,000ft so people got a clear, cloud-free view of the rare phenomenon.
This will be the last total eclipse in Northern Europe until 2026, and on board the Jet2.com flight passengers each had their own row of seats to ensure the best view possible. Renowned astronomer, Lee Sproats accompanied the flight, offering a commentary, and special glasses were provided to allow passengers to safely watch the eclipse, which lasted over two hours from start to finish.
Jet2.com pilot Captain Christopher Pollock said: “I can honestly say that was one of the most amazing flights of my life. What a special moment to witness and the view was just breathtaking. For the full impact of a total eclipse, you have to be inside the ‘path of totality’, which is quite narrow, but also fast-moving because the planet is rotating. So you really have to be in the right place at the right time to get the best view – and thanks to Omega Holidays we were! I’ll definitely be putting my name down for any return flights in 11 years time!”
Omega customers travelled from as far away as America to take the flight. Talking about the experience, Daniel Bailey from Leicestershire, celebrating his 10th birthday said: “It was just amazing, makes me want to be an astronomer. This was the best birthday present in the world!.”