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Jetstar Australia Announces Assigned Seating  
User currently offlineIndustrybuff From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2003, 347 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

Things are finally about to be shaken up in the AUS Domestic Aviation industry !

Jetstar will transition to provide seat allocation on all its Australian domestic services in October 2006.

In an initiative to better align its growing Australian domestic low fare operations with existing trans Tasman and future proposed long haul international flights to South East Asia, Japan and the Pacific, Jetstar will phase out the unallocated or ‘free seating’ procedure for passengers.

Seat allocation will occur on all Jetstar domestic flights operating on or after 29 October 2006.

Jetstar will also become the first Australian domestic airline to allow customers to pre-select their seat at the time of booking with passengers able to do so from tomorrow for flights operating on or after 29 October 2006.

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User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Wow ... I had visions of free-for-all seating on their longhaul flights. Wonder why they don't just have one policy for JQ International and one for JQ domestic ...

Still, that removes my biggest issues with flying JQ domestically.

4 Engines 4 LongHaul
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3199 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

The free for all boarding process wasn't that bad.

I have flown Jetstar twice getting exit row both times.

How can a move to assign seating be better.  Silly

At least Jetstar will have the same seating rules on all services.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineCX777Fan From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

What are the advantages in the first place for an airline NOT to assign seating? Is it somehow cheaper? Boarding passes needn't be printed on expensive glossy cardboard; Nok Air in Thailand just use a receipt printer like at the supermarket. I've always been a bit turned off by jetstar's seating policy. I'm now more likely to fly them.

User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Quoting CX777Fan (Reply 3):
Nok Air in Thailand just use a receipt printer like at the supermarket.

DJ also issues boarding passes which look suspiciously like your supermarket docket, and yes they have always had assigned seating ...

4 Engines 4 LongHaul
User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3335 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

AirTran uses the same type of printer here in the states. AirTran only allows assigned seating at time of booking if you are in J class or booked in the top 2 fare categories. Every other fare gets a seat assignment at checkin, which can be done via the internet 24 hours before departure.

Is Jetstar charging for assigned seats? Or are all fares eligible at time of booking.

User currently offlineTG990 From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

I operate on the CHC- Aussie flights n I don't think I'd enjoy boarding with non-assigned seating, it's hard enough getting passengers to stay in their correct seat (balance of the aircraft...) already.
I think it's easier having assigned seating .. everyone gets on goes to their seat and that's it. Plus I imagine it's easier to work out a/c balance and it's important to know where certain passengers are.

User currently offlineToptravel From Italy, joined Oct 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

always amazed me that they didn't assign seats, seemed just to add to the cattle car arrangement at JetStar. When I enquired why I was Told it was a quicker way to board and that was the way the US LLC did it. WRONG of course. I think boarding from back to forward by rows is lot quicker and a lot nicer than the current cattle call, I mean anyone with a brain can tell the first passengers on the aircaft head to the forward rows, blocking anyone getting by.

Now if they would do something with their check-in staff, some of the rudest I have come across, like they are doing you a favor by charging you for 1kg excess baggage.

I only fly them when I have to, Virgin is a far better professional operation all round.

I don't like being treated like cattle.

User currently offlineJonair From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

This is a good move by Jetstar i always hated the "Free for all seating" it seemed that almost everyone had a child or a old person in tow so they could get on first making it hard to find the seat you would like, I've seen couples have to sit apart because family groups all split up once on board hogging aisle & window seats i also think they should stop people taking on there own hot food i once had to endure a flight next to someone who had enough McDonald's to last nearly the whole flight to the Gold Coast (this was my last flight on Jetstar and if this has been fixed i'm sorry) i always fly Qantas or Virgin now

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