Qantas seems back in favour with Australia's business travellers, firming up a 21 percent lead over rival Virgin Australia according to the latest Roy Morgan Air Travel Survey.
The poll, which tracks rolling preferences from May 2011, shows that 74 percent of domestic business travellers would consider Qantas for their next trip, while 53 percent would look first to Virgin Australia. Jetstar predictably ranks a distant third at 31 percent.
The results put Qantas back where it ranked prior to the unprecedented worldwide grounding of its fleet in late 2011.
Conversely Virgin Australia is only two points ahead of where it stood in early 2011, before the launch of its domestic business class service.
The gap between the two airlines was at its narrowest in November 2012, when Virgin rose to 59 percent as Qantas dipped to 68 percent.
However, Qantas began a somewhat bumpy recovery which pushed Virgin Australia back to the point where both airlines are back where they were three years ago.
That said, Virgin Australia seems to be chipping away at Qantas' market share in the battle for business travellers.
Roy Morgan Research says its latest survey revealed that 31 percent of those polled said their most recent flight had been with Virgin, while the same response for Qantas was down to 56 per cent.
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