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Old 1st Dec 2020, 04:03
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Looks like Rex may have a few glitches in their availability. I tried to book KNS to SYD one way without success.
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 04:17
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Originally Posted by Beer Baron View Post

Not saying they won’t grab some market share and do it profitably but I hardly think the incumbents need to react too radically.
Are they not just essentially picking up the Tiger market share? Tiger had 9 flights a day ML-SY and
so does Rex.

I’m not sure who they are targeting here but it won’t be big corps. Won’t be pulling anybody away from those four flights every hour from the Virgin terminal.

I think they are targeting Grandma Betty who is travelling down to Melbourne to mind the grandkids, who refuses to fly Budget Airways. The Euro travellers will still fly Jetstar even if its $2 cheaper.

This is they issue Tiger was having with a flight every few hours. Only need to peek inside the gate area to see the target traveller. Chinese Tourist, Euro Travellers, Penrith/Wyndham residents, or Mum and Dad with ten kids under 5.
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 05:06
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Originally Posted by transition_alt View Post
You seem very salty...
No not at all, but, one set a rules for one and another for Rex. They want to play with the big 3 they need to play by the same rules. I do believe this operation will not go the distance, for many reasons I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks the same. VA (Bain) wanting to buy Rex at a later date I doubt that also as Bain won’t be around long enough.

Yeah company’s might get their staff to travel Rex as it’s cheaper that won’t last long either on A/C goes tech weather phenomena in ML or SYD creating delays etc Rex will not be able to recover due infrastructure hence they will all go back to VA, QF and even maybe JQ to save a few dollars for realisability
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 05:13
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They said they would offer fares at Jetstar prices did they not? Jetstar’s lead in fares are $75 Tulla and $51 over at the You Yangs.

Jetstar is 18 flights a day each way including Avalon, largely A321 also. Tough task ahead, especially on non peak days where the guys at the loco over the fence will price them out of the water.
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 10:35
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ex the ASX: PROGRESS REPORT- REX Launches between Sydney and Melbourne........

Announcement, ex The ASX- 01/12/2020 @ 7:09:36 pm: "REX Launches between Sydney and Melbourne, Tickets on Sale"

Link here: https://cdn-api.markitdigital.com/ap...df02a206a39ff4

the 'Sharpie' - on Deck.......!!!!
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 21:48
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"We’re a Qantas with a Jetstar price," Mr Sharp said.

If you’re going to commit to millions of dollars you have to be realistic! Is Rex really a ‘Qantas’?


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Old 1st Dec 2020, 22:41
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ex the AFR: Rex takes on Virgin with $79 Melbourne-Sydney flights......

AFR article link: https://www.afr.com/companies/transp...0201202-p56jry

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an Extract:

Rex takes on Virgin with $79 Melbourne-Sydney flights

Lucas Baird Reporter
Dec 2, 2020 – 8.23am

Regional Express will expand its fleet to five Boeing 737 planes by Easter next year as it looks to launch inter-state services into Brisbane and take on Qantas and Virgin on the lucrative "golden triangle" routes.

It marks the first time the traditionally rural-focused carrier has outlined its plans beyond the initial Melbourne-Sydney service it will launch in March.

Tickets went on sale on Wednesday. Prices start at $79 for economy seats but stretch to $299 for the eight business class seats on each flight.

This cost is cheaper than a Virgin flight at a similar time and positions Rex's fares more in line with Qantas' budget offshoot Jetstar. Virgin has embarked on a new mid-market strategy post-administration.

"We will be offering premium full service with our trademark country hospitality but at fares pegged at the budget carrier level," Rex deputy chairman John Sharp said.

Mr Sharp said all fares would include checked baggage allowance, pre-assigned seating and food.

Business-class passengers will get automatic access to lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and in-flight wi-fi. Economy passengers can gain entry into the lounges through a $33 two-hour pass or $329 annual membership.

Rex, which was in a dire state at the start of the pandemic before it received $62 million of government aid last financial year, signed a deal with Asian investment giant PAG for $150 million to fund the expansion.

The terms of the agreement could see PAG eventually own half of Rex, assuming there are no drastic changes to the company's capital structure.

Rex said it will eventually build its inter-state fleet to include up to 10 737s after it acquired its first – an ex-Virgin aircraft – in early November.

"The first three Rex Boeing 737-800s will take off between Sydney and Melbourne on 1 March 2021. Rex will begin with 9 Sydney-Melbourne return services a day," Mr Sharp said.

"By Easter, two additional 737s will be added to expand our domestic network to Brisbane and other capital cities."

"If all things go as planned, we hope to grow our fleet to 8-10 by the end of 2021," he said.
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 22:47
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"We will be offering premium full service with our trademark country hospitality but at fares pegged at the budget carrier level," Rex deputy chairman John Sharp said.

One or the other Sharpie can't do both, unless big mac has more funding for you!. I hope Rex have updated their lounges also, these high paying customers will want more than instant coffee and a packet of smith crisp in the lounge.
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Old 1st Dec 2020, 23:14
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Proving flight underway. Taxi out to Bravo and just returned to gate. Flight plan has them heading to Melbourne and back but who knows where CASA will take them.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 00:04
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Maybe forgot to get the brown paper bag of Mac $$$$....
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 00:16
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They’ve been doing proving flights for weeks with VH-VUF. A lot of time to iron out any kinks. Hilarious reading all the naysayers above.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 01:05
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Originally Posted by wheels_down View Post
....who knows where CASA will take them.
I don't think it can be said in polite company...

I wish REX well. Competition is always good, and if it gets some laid-off 737 driver's back in the air, even better.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 03:24
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Originally Posted by patty50 View Post
They’ve been doing proving flights for weeks with VH-VUF. A lot of time to iron out any kinks. Hilarious reading all the naysayers above.
I understand as above today is the actual CASA proving flight. Still 3 months until operational kickoff. I recall Tiger did it’s proving flight the afternoon before operational startup. Bit more wriggle room here.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 05:16
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I see the Jet on bay 35 in Sydney a lot is this the allocated bay for Rex Jet or do they automatically get Tigers old bays?
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 06:19
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I remember when Compass II started up their were TAA/Ansett flight crew combinations in the MD88 flight decks.
May well be the Rex 73s will have a combo of Qantas/Virgin crew in the deck. That will make some interesting conversation.

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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 06:37
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Seems like a Jetblue style offering which I think will work. Will likely pull more pax from VA than QF.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 11:23
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Well, from a quick scan of fare availability on the Rex website they haven't exactly shot the lights out on day one of their sale. Plenty of $79 fares (actually $85 if you want to be able to pick your seat) still available on a variety of flights on 1 March and onwards. Bearing in mind that Jetstar sold something like 70,000-80,000 fares in six hours when they launched their big sale back in June Rex's 100,000 discount fares 'launch' appears to be somewhat ambling in comparison.

To whoever was wondering why Qantas and Virgin weren't reacting, this is why.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 18:40
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Originally Posted by KRviator View Post
I don't think it can be said in polite company...

I wish REX well. Competition is always good, and if it gets some laid-off 737 driver's back in the air, even better.
Couldnt agree more,jobs for anyone who now has 1 & didnt a few months back is good news.
Many may not like how Rex cried poor but dont think the people running the opposition care for anyone except themselves & their personal bank balance.
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Old 2nd Dec 2020, 19:30
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Originally Posted by blubak View Post
Couldnt agree more,jobs for anyone who now has 1 & didnt a few months back is good news.
Many may not like how Rex cried poor but dont think the people running the opposition care for anyone except themselves & their personal bank balance.
Can't you criticise the company but also be happy for extra jobs?
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Old 3rd Dec 2020, 00:01
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"We’re a Qantas with a Jetstar price," Mr Sharp said
Except, Rex have no prior experience running a HICAP Jet operation.

I'd say that is an important omission.
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