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Probably worth noting for customers that number of cabin is going down from 5 to 4 on 737 flights, whilst portable emergency beacons on aircraft being reduced from 2 to 1 (bare minimum).
The spiral down of a once premium airline continues
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 04 Mar 2014
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Will certainly impact service on the short triangle routes, probably the second very quick drinks run will be gone....
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Originally Posted by KW72
QF B737-800 flights on the lesser routes (read: not the SYD-BNE-MEL triangle) have been crewed with 4 F/A's for a while. The change from 5 F/A's down to 4 is on those routes which are both high frequency / high load and short in-air duration. In other words, on short sectors such as SYD-MEL, SYD-BNE, SYD-CBR and vv, the 5th F/A role has been to assist with tight catering / beverage service on routes where gate to gate air time is short. In other words, where trying to get everyone onboard fed / wined and dined where the in-air flight time is realistically 45-50 mins (excluding take-off and landing).
Shoving those extra seats into the B737-800's in the last 12-15 months seems to have come at a 'service' premium. One which QF is trying to address by 'trialing' the less is more service philosophy.
Note also that there has been three (3) Emergency beacons on QF B737-800's - one built in to the airframe and two portable ones (1 up front and 1 in the rear of Y). The removal of one portable beacon is apparently being done as a maintenance cost saving, but there are still two on each flight.
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