- Dec 6, 2004
Smaller noisier aircraft? They forgot to mention the smooth ride! :shock:examiner.com.au said:New Qantas trip noisier and dearer
By DANIELLE BLEWETT , Wednesday, 2 August 2006
Launceston got its first taste of Qantas's Dash 8 service to Melbourne yesterday with the 4.35pm one-way fare costing $374.92.
The service started yesterday after Qantas announced in May that it would drop its Boeing 737 jet service from the Launceston-to- Melbourne route because of lack of support.
An online comparison of air fares showed a Virgin flight leaving Launceston at the same time for Melbourne and taking an hour cost $102 and up to $205 for a Flexi Saver fare.
A Jetstar Jetsaver flight two hours earlier cost $61.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jo Archer said the fare comparison was outrageous.
"It's not a great start to the service. Why pay more to be in the air 20 minutes longer in a smaller, noisier aircraft?" Ms Archer said.
"If they wanted to make this new service work, you would have thought they would have at least been price competitive.
"It would appear they are not trying to attract customers."
Virgin Blue has promised to look at the potential patronage of a business-class service from Launceston to Melbourne during the new few months.
That last paragraph got my attention!