Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 694 times:
Service wise I think Ansett Australia is much better than Qantas. I find the Qantas crew just cant seem bothered and they need to smile more. The AN cabin service is more personalised and they are much more friendly.
In terms of equipment, I suppose Qantas wins with the larger B767 and now some 747s on domestic routes. Here in Perth, all AN flights lining the eastcoast are with the A320 except for the midnight run which is a B767. Qantas has practically 90% of its flights on the B767.
They both more or less operate the same key routes at the same times, so there is not much difference on this one. But overall, AN wins hands down.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7724 posts, RR: 55 Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 695 times:
Historically Ansett has always been the better of the two. I certainly prefer them. In the old days of Qantas flying exclusively international routes and TAA flying exclusively domestic routes, both were state-owned. And while this stupid arrangement was never going to make money, the go't made things worse by allowing the mngt of QF to choose it's own domestic partner. In any other country the two state-owned airlines would be tailored to fit each other, but QF chose Ansett, the privately-owned domestic "competition". Bizarre I know, but it shows who had the best service. Now TAA and Qantas are one airline, but the smell of nationalised industry still hangs heavily. Ansett have always had to make a profit.
That said, the Aussie airline industry is a classic duopoly and effectively there is no competition. I doubt there is any difference, although I haven't flown Qantas domestic routes (always Ansett). If I had $100m I'd buy some uprated A321s and some A330s and show them how things are done, and what competition really means.
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Macair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 684 times:
As for the cabin crew, on both AN and QF I've had no trouble. Both airlines are friendly and attentive. As for aircraft, I prefer the A320 over the 737's. Being 6'6" tall, I find that there is more legroom in the A320. Anyway, that's just my opinion.
Al From Australia, joined Jun 1999, 593 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 671 times:
They're both the same and it depends entirely on your crew as to how the flight feels and is run. Both have their share of sour things that don't give a fig as well as friendly smiley chatty ones.
Both carriers are winners though - any airline that still provides hot meals/snacks on short haul domestic runs with free headsets and video/audio entertainment can't be all that shabby.