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The blurred line - premium vs LCC

Old 30th Apr 2022, 22:43
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Simples.

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Old 1st May 2022, 00:03
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Originally Posted by Trevor the lover View Post
Your flight was clearly not one of the sh!tloads of flights QF cancelled over Easter. “Virgin was late” - are you really suggesting all the QF flights were on time??? Delusional! But it sounds like a chokky egg would have made it all better for you. You’re easily bought.
ok. Douchebag I said small sample size.
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Old 1st May 2022, 00:53
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I actually prefer Airlines that run Airbus as the economy seats feel more roomy than the 737. Qantas 737 has 17.2in width and 30in pitch, where as Jetstar has 17.9in width and 29.2in pitch, the fact that the premium carrier has a narrower seat backs up you claim there is no difference. I find the 737 economy seats extremely uncomfortable which is of course just an opinion, have always found Virgin and Air NZ service very good but only marginally better than Qantas and Jetstar. Check in experiences very similar…… overall I would just buy the cheapest ticket as none of the local airlines have any massive point of difference.
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Old 1st May 2022, 09:36
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I prefer to work for the premium one.
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Old 2nd May 2022, 06:12
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737 is a very shoulder to shoulder like experience, the rule is you are generally more comfortable with your neighbours in a 737 vs a A320. Especially toward the rear. I always feel like I am squeezing myself to fit in any way I move around whether entering, seated, bathroom. Flight Deck isn't much better, A320 you can even mod Airbus for 2 Jumpseats, 737 feels like it can barely cope with the one.
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Old 2nd May 2022, 09:00
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Domestic - not much difference depending upon the route; and that's more a clientele issue. Between east coast capitals there's almost nothing in it.
International - Premium please, especially in the front quarter of the jet.
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Old 2nd May 2022, 23:07
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Qantas- domestic can be a lottery from checking in to what you fly on.
Dash8 always comfortable out to Lord Howe,
Dash8-400 overgrown Metro, never seem to get a departure time that matches your scheduled one,
B717 great aeroplane to fly in, but crews are paid a pittance,
B737 getting tired, squeezy down the back.

Jetstar- the greyhound bus, okay for point to point travel.

Known clientele, just travel wearing your best flannelette shirt and front teeth in.

Virgin- good product, flown 8 sectors with them over the last few weeks.
Pretty squeezy down the back.

Before the prune experts jump in, I have flown an average 8-10 sectors domestically over the last 35 years.
That includes Australian Airlines, Ansett, Impulse, East-West, Airnorth, Jetstar, Qantas domestic and the foreigners during 1989.

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Old 3rd May 2022, 07:47
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When you say Virgin, good product. What is good? When you offer not even a snack, just free water and coffee, all you can offer that is good is OTP.
To me they are no better, no worse than the rest. They are all the same, just Virgin and JQ don't give you a bickie.

I waited 30 minutes for my bag on Virgin flight yesterday. What gave me the shits was not the actual wait, but WHY the wait - because of the outsourcing
of everything to third parties offering shit pay and conditions so always chronically understaffed - it's the deterioration of the airlines that shits me.

But its not isolated to airlines - tried to talk to the ATO today, no matter what "press 1, 2 or 3" I pressed, everything just tried to take me to their website. No-one will
talk to you

Crap service is now the Aussie norm.
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Old 3rd May 2022, 08:34
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Rodney, Virgin was just the usual free tea, coffee or water, but could purchase food and grog.
I had carryon baggage, no delay on arrival-but have had the 30 minute wait for baggage last time I flew.

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Old 3rd May 2022, 08:56
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Originally Posted by rodney rude View Post
Gday Station
When you say Virgin, good product. What is good? When you offer not even a snack, just free water and coffee, all you can offer that is good is OTP.
To me they are no better, no worse than the rest. They are all the same, just Virgin and JQ don't give you a bickie.
The single best thing about Virgin for me as a Platinum FF was the free Economy X seat selection, closely followed by the dedicated screening lane into their lounge at Sydney. That being said, I haven't flown Virgin since Bain took over so cannot comment if either of those remain, and my Platinum with them runs out in a few weeks and I've no intention of renewing it now work flies me QF both ways.

Qantas don't have anything comparable to Economy X on their domestic services, so the best a Platinum flier can achieve is the front row of Economy, or hope for a Business upgrade if they've oversold cattle class.
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Old 3rd May 2022, 10:58
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Station, yeah I have to say, of all the flying Ive done lately, Virgins on time performance is pretty good. And I guess
that is important because with not much else on offer, at least getting me there without delay is good. Just want to reiterate,
the thread started as not who is the best, more that QF tries to flog itself off as premium when their inflight experience is LCC.
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Old 3rd May 2022, 14:49
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Interesting here in WA. Just flown two sectors with Qantas Link on A320. Usual use machine and get and tag own bag (,somehow I still object to having to do everything) , then onboard the in flight service (mid morning) was a cookie and tea or coffee. The return around noon was also cookie and soft drinks or tea or coffee. Not even a beer! Route was about two hours flying between Perth and Learmonth return. No priority boarding at Perth for One World elites just generally like a LCC, well except the cost which was just shy of a staggering 800 dollars (return).
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