Qantas has announced it’ll give Sydney-Auckland route travellers some summer lovin’ this summer with their flight being upgraded from the usual workhorse B737-800 to their new Dreamliner B787.
The upgraded plane will be in operation from . Whilst limited in terms of time offering, this is an exciting announcement by the airline as it will be the first time Qantas will offer their Premium Economy product on a Tasman route. Right now the premium economy seat is on sale for roughly the same price as a economy seat, so if you’re quick on it, you could snap yourself up a bargain whilst enjoying a bit more space and luxury for the pleasure.
Qantas has eight 787s in its fleet, with six additional aircraft due for delivery between October 2019 and mid 2020.
For years Qantas has prided itself on being an airline that is full service where everything from food, baggage and entertainment is included. As a full service airline you pay a premium and Qantas’ prices reflect that. Now the airline is rumoured to have some weird hair brain scheme to introduce a ‘buy on board’ for meals and inflight movies.
Before one jumps up and down madly at this idea, it is merely a rumour. That said I was privy to a Qantas Advisory Panel, an invitation-only group of frequent flyers regularly polled to assess the airline’s future plans. The hour conversation discussed a number of concepts, including new app designs and I was staunch on my position that as a full service airline I expected the basics included. I said to the group that if I wanted to purchase on board I would have flown Jetstar.
The cost cutting measure move would be a major u turn for Qantas who has for years sold its full-service promise that every passenger on every fare gets a meal and checked baggage. Instead passengers would be charged for meals, movies and even checked luggage under a new pricing model.
The concept isn’t anything new and has been for years embedded in Air New Zealand’s fare set up which offers three packages – Seat, Seat + Bag and The Works.
It is sad to see Qantas even entertaining the concept. Considering they have Jetstar for this already why would the airline go down this route? If that’s the case why not scrap Jetstar or best yet merge Qantas under Jetstar? Like a number of other loyal Qantas frequent flyers who have expressed anger at this possible concept, can only hope that such stupidity is dumped asap.