Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 20 Aug 2017
Total posts 5
Hi Everyone, first time posting but a long time reader.
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 245
Yes the difference between regional cities and flying between capitals is very stark. Most meal flights TSV - BNE are virtually snack quality, soggy Pie etc but when you change planes in BNE the trip to SYD is generally a hot dish especially the dinner meal. I was told recently that QF have virtually closed all of their catering except capital cities so on most return legs, TSV- BNE for example the meal would have been loaded in BNE for the return TSV - BNE flight, so the food is already a few hours old by the time you eat it. Sign of the times I guess, but from Qantas point of view they have a protected market so don't have any real competition as such and can offer the bare minimum, it's not like VA are an actual alternative in regional markets. I tend to eat before I fly these days , it saves the disappointment.
Member since 25 Mar 2014
Total posts 196
The dinner from BNE to ADL last Friday night was the worst I have had in a long time. I think it's gone downhill.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 768
I flew Qantas up to Townsville last weekend and was quite disappointed with the offerings. The flight up (Qantaslink Operated) served a coconut/chocolate/plum bar and the flight back (QF 737 with a Sydney crew) they served a toasted sandwich which was around half size of a normal slice of bread. Neither of the snacks was very appetising and I didn't see many around who took the offerings.
Member since 31 Mar 2014
Total posts 186
I have always considered any food provided in economy as being supplementary. To rely on it as being your only source of food I think is crazy.
Thanks for the replies and it seems Townsville is the poor cousin for meals and snacks on flights. Considering the prices for flights here, this is disappointing.
Member since 12 Apr 2013
Total posts 872
I would ask broader question. Out of curiosity I have a look and found that on the same day cheapest return ticket by QF TSV-BNE-TSV is $450 while MEL-SYD-MEL $338. Flight time pretty much the same. WTF? Why people from small town should be penalized? Long long ago in other galaxy before stupid deregulation and privatization ticket price was governed only by distance. And this is how it meant to be in civilized world.
Qantas have always charged more for TSV flights, high govt and corporate pax numbers have allowed them to charge a premium for the rest of the seats, on any given day the TSV - BNE fares are dearer than CNS - BNE despite CNS being another 300km in distance.
I understand reasons, but disagree with such "free market zoo" and I strongly feel that situation was more fair in the past when we have regulated sky. Some who never seen Australia outside Sydney and may be Melbourne may disagree.
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