Rex to fly between Australian capital cities

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Terrible timing, they miss the March long weekend and miss Easter! They should try and pull the launch forward of these routes (especially the OOL ones).

VA2 will be breathing a sigh of relief...

There was an article (not that i can or the life of me find it) suggesting the snap lockdown in MEL crippled the end of their crew training so delayed any chance of launching with > 1 aircraft. Hence the delay to start OOL and ADL.

REX wouldn't have any freight services AFAIK.
Mail?
 

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There was an article (not that i can or the life of me find it) suggesting the snap lockdown in MEL crippled the end of their crew training so delayed any chance of launching with > 1 aircraft. Hence the delay to start OOL and ADL.


Mail?

I think you'll find QAN is the only large airline to carry mail (assuming it has flights between X and Y) as it has that tie-up with StarTrack, owned by Australia Post.

Some mail in the past has gone by rail at busy times across the Nullabor while parcels, and perhaps some letters, go by truck on the shorter routes like Melbourne to Sydney.
 

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Yes, it would be a small volume but there would be places on the REX network not serviced by QF that time critical mail / parcels may use.
 

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Yes, it would be a small volume but there would be places on the REX network not serviced by QF that time critical mail / parcels may use.

The contracted Qld routes carry freight, that is all. PelAir (100% subsidiary) does freight charters, but not scheduled service.

 

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I think you'll find QAN is the only large airline to carry mail (assuming it has flights between X and Y) as it has that tie-up with StarTrack, owned by Australia Post.

Some mail in the past has gone by rail at busy times across the Nullabor while parcels, and perhaps some letters, go by truck on the shorter routes like Melbourne to Sydney.
A lot of mail/parcels goes via truck on shorter routes.
StarTrack do send freight with Rex on routes not covered such as ADL-CED and importantly ADL-BHQ
 

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I think you'll find QAN is the only large airline to carry mail (assuming it has flights between X and Y) as it has that tie-up with StarTrack, owned by Australia Post.
I think you would find you will be incorrect.

Much freight is taken by most larger carriers on behalf of AusPost. This was the case even going back to the Australian Air Express days (50/50 owned by Qantas/Auspost) and Ansett.
 
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I think you would find you will be incorrect.

Much freight is taken by most larger carriers on behalf of AusPost. This was the case even going back to the Australian Air Express days (50/50 owned by Qantas/Auspost) and Ansett.
I think @Melburnian1 was talking about domestic?
 

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I think @Melburnian1 was talking about domestic?

Yes, I was solely referring to domestic.

Some mail has always been carried by foreign airlines, especially inbound. This varies by route. The BITRE statistics shows 'mail' as a separate category to 'freight' and, of course, 'passengers'.
 

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The Rex in-flight magazine for this month shows SYD-BNE, MEL-BNE, SYD-ADL and SYD-CBR as "upcoming routes", along with various other new routes that were already announced and are on sale.

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The Rex in-flight magazine for this month shows SYD-BNE, MEL-BNE, SYD-ADL and SYD-CBR as "upcoming routes", along with various other new routes that were already announced and are on sale.

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where are all these new aircraft coming from to service all these new routes. Haven’t they only got a handful of 737’s?
 

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where are all these new aircraft coming from to service all these new routes. Haven’t they only got a handful of 737’s?
Perhaps a drop in MEL-SYD frequency. It went from 8 flights per day pre-launch to just 3 flights a day on the launch.

Something I'm finding quite amusing though is the lack of consistency with their future plans:

Starting with the routes, we were told Brisbane would be next and then all of a sudden Adelaide and the Gold Coast appear out of nowhere. Recent reviews have shown no powerpoints which on some review videos crew said were coming whilst others disagreed. The wifi/entertainment is also an interesting one given they're currently non-existent and whilst we've been told business class wifi would be free, other reviews were suggesting staff onboard were saying it would be free for all. As someone on another website pointed out some of their aircraft don't have a wifi antenna at all.
 

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Perhaps a drop in MEL-SYD frequency. It went from 8 flights per day pre-launch to just 3 flights a day on the launch.

Something I'm finding quite amusing though is the lack of consistency with their future plans:

Starting with the routes, we were told Brisbane would be next and then all of a sudden Adelaide and the Gold Coast appear out of nowhere. Recent reviews have shown no powerpoints which on some review videos crew said were coming whilst others disagreed. The wifi/entertainment is also an interesting one given they're currently non-existent and whilst we've been told business class wifi would be free, other reviews were suggesting staff onboard were saying it would be free for all. As someone on another website pointed out some of their aircraft don't have a wifi antenna at all.
Not sure what you are trying to say.
 

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Perhaps a drop in MEL-SYD frequency. It went from 8 flights per day pre-launch to just 3 flights a day on the launch.

Something I'm finding quite amusing though is the lack of consistency with their future plans:

Starting with the routes, we were told Brisbane would be next and then all of a sudden Adelaide and the Gold Coast appear out of nowhere. Recent reviews have shown no powerpoints which on some review videos crew said were coming whilst others disagreed. The wifi/entertainment is also an interesting one given they're currently non-existent and whilst we've been told business class wifi would be free, other reviews were suggesting staff onboard were saying it would be free for all. As someone on another website pointed out some of their aircraft don't have a wifi antenna at all.

Cough ozjet cough
 

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I wonder why they did not launch CBR-SYD/MEL in the past on the Saab.

Tiger is off CBR-MEL now and they had double daily. Most certainly a high fare route that could do with competition.
 

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I wonder why they did not launch CBR-SYD/MEL in the past on the Saab.

Tiger is off CBR-MEL now and they had double daily. Most certainly a high fare route that could do with competition.
After Ansett fell over Rex did the CBR-SYD run, even opening a lounge at Canberra, to overcome the complaints from Govt flyers that they lacked a lounge and wouldn't book with them. They tried hard, but couldn't break the stranglehold that Qantas had over that traffic. I know some ! people tried to book on Rex, but they weren't on the whole-of-govt account. Rex gave it away after a few months. I suppose it wouldn't be that different today.
 

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After Ansett fell over Rex did the CBR-SYD run, even opening a lounge at Canberra, to overcome the complaints from Govt flyers that they lacked a lounge and wouldn't book with them. They tried hard, but couldn't break the stranglehold that Qantas had over that traffic. I know some ! people tried to book on Rex, but they weren't on the whole-of-govt account. Rex gave it away after a few months. I suppose it wouldn't be that different today.

Many public servants who fly love building up QF FF points balances. Even on the short CBR-SYD air route with what was prior to coronavirus, its terrible history of unpunctuality and sometimes stratospheric fares, it's battling s--- uphill to convince them to instead travel on NSW TrainLink, Geryhound Australia/Murray's Coaches or a rent-a-car.

I have known some in the past: when one explains the charges that apply upon redemption, 'the 'glazed eye' look is received in response. Wasting my time to explain how some other airlines' fares in J are way below QF's and offer equal or better service.

ZL has little hope against such entrenched attitudes.
 

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