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Qantaslink Versus Virgin Australia  
User currently offlinedkramer7 From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 133 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

With both Qantas and Virgin Australia announcing new inflight entertainment options to be rolled out over the next year -

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-...-qantas-virgin-20120515-1yo52.html

- how is Qantaslink to keep up with Virgin if there are no (as yet to be announced) inflight entertainment upgrades?

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User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

I can't imagine much in a Q400, the 717s perhaps but then they're not technically QF's aircraft are they so not sure if National Jet Systems, Cobham and Sunstate could do much without significant investment from QF . Just IMO. It will be interesting to see, as I always try and take in a QFL flight when I'm down that way.

User currently offlineskyhawkmatthew From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Well, on many routes the Q400s are paired with Virgin (Skywest) ATRs, for which I haven't heard of any entertainment options – so I expect the regional arms will stay as they are as mainline gets the tablets and whatever else. The legs just aren't long enough to justify it; the window for using devices on a leg such as SYD-CBR or SYD-PQQ is 20 minutes or less.


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User currently offlinestrangr From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Quoting dkramer7 (Thread starter):
how is Qantaslink to keep up with Virgin if there are no (as yet to be announced) inflight entertainment upgrades?

do you really need this sort of stuff on a Q400, the only way you will see an increase of this sort on the QFlink segmants would be if they are to major locations that would require a 737+ to fly to site.

i really doubt any effort will be made by qantaslink to keep up with this. let the big boys fight it out.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3020 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

If anything, WIFI is the way forward for QFLink IMO. Especially for routes like SYD-CBR, where there is a lot of commerce and government traffic which will gradually insist on these services being offered, even if the flight is only 26-28 minutes airtime.

That said, I don't think it's a massive priority. I agree that the 717's would probably need to be handled first.

Quoting n729pa (Reply 1):

QF directly owns (or leases) all of QFLink's aircraft -- the operation of these is then contracted out to the subsidiaries. All but Cobham (aka National Jet) are wholly owned QF subsidiaries...


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