Have Virgin Australia cut services from Sydney to Bali?

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riley

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Have Virgin Australia cut services from Sydney to Bali? It's seemingly gone from 2 direct flights a day to less than 1. This is looking across June / July which I assumed was a popular time. Perhaps making way for Tiger to pick up the slack? And sorry, I know this carrier / route doesn't fall into the premium / business area but thought some readers would be across this.

madge

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They're not making way for Tiger, Tiger's A320s can't reach DPS from SYD/MEL/BNE. If anything VA are feeling the heat from their higher costs compared to JQ & GA.

Grannular

Member since 31 Mar 2014

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Is there something different about the Tiger A320's from a normal A320? A quick wiki search shows almost exactly the same range for an A320 vs 738. 

riley

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Yeah they definitely have the range, albeit at the upper end. Borghetti has mooted putting the Tiger A320's on this route previously. 

madge

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If A320s can fly SYD-DPS (which is the longest of the 3) then why has JQ never tried it? JQ has only ever used A330s or 787s to DPS from the east coast.

Grannular

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You're kidding me. That's your justification for why a A320 can't travel 4700km?

watson374

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JQ operates widebody equipment on DPS routes from the East Coast because they can fill the larger aircraft; given the Bali leisure crowd doesn't need time-of-day flexibility (which would necessitate multiple narrowbody aircraft daily), it is most efficient to load all their customers onto the daily widebody flight.

Ditto for GA.

jaredw

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The costs blow me away. I can fly on GA for almost the same price and i get a lie flat bed in buisness rather than a domestic buisness product. 

riley

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Likewise. Don't get me started on the economy product!

FrequentFlyer

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It actually went from once daily to 9X a week a few months back. Hasn't been twice daily for years. I've found the schedule unchanged over the coming months? Some services are heavily booked already though if you have a large number of passengers on your search?

jrfsp

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do tiger have any A320s with sharklets?

i think A321s would be better than A320s for this route, lower CASM over long distance

riley

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From visual memory they do have sharklets. No A321s in the fleet, just 13 A320s.

watson374

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In Australia domestically, the only A321 operator is JQ; those aircraft operate mainly on key ex-MEL routes such as OOL and CNS.

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