AlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1793 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
I will be travelling from MEL to BNE, so I would like to hear you opinions on:
1. Whether Jetstar (from Avalon) is better then Virgin Blue? Jetstar is slightly cheaper, but I prefer B737 over A320.
2. Which aircraft is used by Virgin Blue on that route?
Qantas is probably much better then both, however it is more expensive.
BNEFlyer From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
I have done this route many many times, majority of those flights on DJ (Virgin Blue), a couple on QF and never on Jetstar.
Unless you are doing the Great Ocean Road or visiting Geelong/Eastern Victoria or would like to experience abysmal comfort and service, you don't want to be flying Jetstar. The trip from Avalon to Melbourne CBD is around 1 1/2 hours on the transfer bus.
I would definitely fly Virgin Blue. Tullamarine is easy to get to from the CBD via taxi or bus from Southern Cross Station, there is a multitude of food/beverage and retail outlets throughout the whole airport and something else that sets Tulla (and DJ) apart from Avalon and JQ is the use of aerobridges and that DJ has 'The Lounge'.
DJ usually use a 737-700 on the route with the occassional -800. Honestly there isn't a great deal of difference between DJ and QF unless you fly in the afternoon on weekdays and like a drink (as there is a free bar on CityFlyer flights on QF) or collect OneWorld FF points.
If you really wanted to try JQ you could fly MEL-OOL and you'd probably get on one of their new A321's, but then you have at least a 1 1/2 transit from OOL to Brisbane CBD via bus and train.
You can always get the Countrylink XPT from Melbourne to Brisbane, but you have to transit Sydney Central Station and it takes a very long time and is more expensive than flying!
Enjoy your trip, hope you enjoy Melbourne and Brisbane, my two favourite Australian cities
I'm happy to answer any other questions you have as well.
AlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1793 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
Thanks for replies !
Quoting BNE (Reply 1): Fly Virgin Blue; going to Avalon will just cost you more money.
Looks like I forgot that Australia has large distances! Never been to AUS before.
Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 2): Unless you are doing the Great Ocean Road or visiting Geelong/Eastern Victoria or would like to experience abysmal comfort and service, you don't want to be flying Jetstar. The trip from Avalon to Melbourne CBD is around 1 1/2 hours on the transfer bus.
Are there any interesting things to see between MEL and Avalon? The thing is that I like ´´collecting´´ more airports...which is the reason why I am interested in Avalon.
Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 2): DJ usually use a 737-700 on the route with the occassional -800
I prefer both Boeings over JQ A320! The price difference is 12 EUR. As you said, these 12 EUR I would probably spend on transport to Avalon if I take JQ.
Is there free food / drinks on AUS domestic? I would also like to fly Qantaslink B717, but looks like there are no options for now, as I don´t want to go to Perth of Alice Springs.
Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 2): If you really wanted to try JQ you could fly MEL-OOL
Actually, I will fly OOL-KUL with AirAsia X after.
Vhqpa From South Africa, joined Jul 2005, 1416 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 3): Are there any interesting things to see between MEL and Avalon? The thing is that I like ´´collecting´´ more airports...which is the reason why I am interested in Avalon.
There is a big open range zoo at Werribee but other then that no, there is a freeway and a couple of the more industrial suburbs of Melbourne and that is it.
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 3): Is there free food / drinks on AUS domestic? I would also like to fly Qantaslink B717, but looks like there are no options for now, as I don´t want to go to Perth of Alice Springs.
QF Yes on MEL/BNE you get a meal at meal times and a snack in between meal times you also get complimentry drinks although at certain times alcohol is available for purchase.
DJ/JQ/TT No it's all but on board and very expensive for what you get too.
As for the 717 unless you plan on visiting either PER, DRW or ASP you're out of luck.
Forgot the train as you have to travel though and transit at Sydney which is out of the way and the train is very slow and uncomfortable compared to European standards.
If you interested in flying in out of as many airports as possible you also may want to consider flying MEL-MCY. MCY is about 110 km north of Brisbane however unless your hiring a car I wouldn't recommend it as the nearest train station to MCY is Nambour which is a good $30AUD taxi ride. and the local bus network is poor DJ, JQ and TT all fly MEL-MCY.
"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6081 posts, RR: 40 Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 7): But that is what I am interested in. Why is DJ considered better then JQ if they are both low-cost and have similar services for a 2 hours flight?
Don't know how much it applies to Aussie operations but surely with NZ operations I found that DJ is much friendlier, OTP is much better and small things like the check-in deadline and other things like that are a bit less stringent on DJ.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6220 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
Never flown Jetstar, but I did the MEL-BNE route on Virgin Blue a few months ago and cannot say enough good things about it. Flights on time, planes clean and comfortable, crew incredibly friendly and relaxed, seatback IFE nice even if just for the map (since I didn't feel like paying for the service). Sure food and drinks cost but I had a delicious cheese and cracker spread and soda for a decent price. All in all it was a nice, relaxing Friday evening flight after a long, nasty week of work in Melbourne. I will fly Virgin Blue again without a doubt.
BNEFlyer From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
Just go Virgin Blue... flew back to BNE from SYD this morning, 2nd BNE flight at 6:30AM. Was in the check in line before the terminal actually 'opened' (air con was off and roller door to security was closed).
The guest team member that checked my parents and I in was very friendly, complimented my mother on her choice of luggage and her dress sense and then advised us that our Velocity numbers were added to the booking and wished us a pleasant flight.
Upon boarding (which was completed 6 minutes early) the crew were their usual friendly and cheery selves. I was welcomed on board 'Hello Mr BNEFlyer, welcome back. Your seat is 11Delta on the left hand side, enjoy your flight'. Service was non obtrusive and swift. When we landed (10 minutes early) we received a lovely 'welcome home or safe onward journey' by the purser. Our bags were on the belt when we walked down to arrivals.
Was on a 737-700 which has about an Inch less leg room than the -800 but was still comfortable enough for the 1h10m flight (and i'm 6'2). Moving map does the job but its only $4.90 for the Live2Air.
I have never been able to fault DJ. JQ is like Tiger, DJ is like Qantas, if you want a Black/White comparison of Aussie domestic airlines.
That's why i'm looking forward to my day return BNE-SYD this Saturday, and that i'll be flying on my first E-Jet!
Well I cheat because I have a friend that works for DJ, but you can also check www.seatcounter.com and that will usually tell you if you're on a 737 or EJet. They sometimes don't differentiate between 737 variants though.
Quoting Joffie (Reply 15): Oh what a load of rubbish. JQ and DJ are pretty much similar. JQ is nothing like tiger.
To be fair I have never flown JQ in Australia or Tiger, i'm just going from what friends have told me and what I read on A.Net and the media...
Vhqpa From South Africa, joined Jul 2005, 1416 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2580 times:
With the DJ website go to Bookings tab and then click timetables there it will tell you if your on a E70, E90 or a 737. All Virgin Blue 737 flights are listed as 73G which is actually a -700 wo/ winglets which DJ don't have anymore so you'll either be on a -700 or a -800. Pacific Blue and Poly Blue flights are listed as 73H (-800 w/ winglets) and for those flight you are guaranteed a -800 as that's all they fly (for now). DJ briefly used to distinguish the -700/-800 from each over about 2 years ago.
Having said that the 737 schedule isn't concrete it they do alternate between the -700 and -800 according to demand I've previously been on flights where 99% of the the time a -800 does that particular flight and on the day of travel it will be -700 due to lighter loads.
"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
AlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1793 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
The person that was responsible for the Australian flights, changed my flights to Jetstar without my permission....Looks like I´ll be flying Airbus again!! But at the end of the day, the important thing is to see the place, rather then taste a new aircraft.
Hoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
Virgin in my opinion is best for MEL-BNE although while my flight with Qantas wasnt by any means bad, i prefer the service on Virgin (they just seem to be a little more enthusiastic) and also the option to buy what snack you want instead of getting a cheese roll, not that on a 2 hour flight its that important.
Sometime in easter 10 .... yet to book :)
25 Pewpew320: I agree, I would never fly Virgin Blue again, perhaps it was just the one flight I went on but the staff were rude and I also hated the TV screen in
26 AlexEU: Are drinks free? Could you at least watch the airshow (aircraft moving map) for free?
27 Vhqpa: Unless you are flying Premium Economy refreshments need to be purchased. Regarding the IFE system (Live2air) you have free access to Flight Track how