Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Mar 2015
Total posts 261
It's sad to see that if we want fly Brisbane-Perth then most of the flights will be on narrow body B7373's with a greatly reduced Business Class Product.
VA of course don't have any wide body ATM and Qantas have only few flights to Perth with a wide body.
We were certainly spoiled pre Covid and VA's problems and it's subsequent re- structure.
It was such a great service particularly on VA's A330 although to get the A330 to Perth one had to mostly travel via Sydney but it was worth it!!!
Very sorely missed and now quite a degraded experience now on the B737 albeit a bit cheaper. I would love to pay extra and have the wide body experience again but alas , that will not happen any time soon if ever with VA.
Member since 23 Aug 2021
Total posts 9
Apparently VA bringing a380 onto that route rod h. I'm sure you will have something to moan about.
Member since 31 Mar 2014
Total posts 264
Rod, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. The first in 100 years. The type of business class available to you to Perth really is insignificant. Qantas just cancelled my flights to Perth for Xmas as I wanted to see family. The type of aircraft didn't matter to me. However as I suspected may happen when I booked a few months back, there has been an outbreak and border shut.
If you can get to Perth at all, then lucky you.
The whole point of my post is not complaining but stating the obvious that we are probably all disappointed in the way the Pandemic has affected what was once a really great service and schedules over to Perth pre. Covid.
I'm not moaning at all , I'm simply saying that it's sadly not as good as before when we did have wide bodied aircraft on that route. Hopefully things will improve when we can learn to live with Covid and get most people vaccinated. Don't know why x4... thinks I'm moaning cos I'm not.
Also I did not mention anything about actually getting to Perth which is nigh on impossible ATM and yes, if I really wanted to go ASAP then the type of J class would not matter but I'm not going anytime soon even if the border opens which it wont for quite a while yet.
I will hopefully go over next May but as we can see anything can change.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 179
Honestly it was pretty bad in the years leading up to the pandemic. Here in Brisbane (longer flight from Pert than Sydney or Melbourne) there were virtually no wide body services and 737 business class was the norm on both airlines. I used to hate those redeyes, especially when my day was fly in from Johannesburg in the morning, day in meetings in Perth, fly out late for Brisbane.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 267
Fly into PER from JNB, non-stop. Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end... (apologies to ABBA).
Anyway, I'm afraid single-aisle is the future for PER with developments of the a321 and B737MAX. The question is, will QF and VA improve Business on these flights or continue their meagre offerings as if this was just a jaunt ADL-MEL?
Member since 06 Feb 2021
Total posts 1
Originally Posted by tommygun
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 730
I’m sure A330s ex Brisbane will come back later in 2022 as the mining industry is the common factor, but probably not more than one per day. A triangle with Sydney or Melbourne may work better than a straight return.
Originally Posted by patrickk
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