had a full page ad in the papers in SIN
, charging S$98 (US$60) return for flights to Bangkok (2 hours flight ), Jakarta (1h10min flight), Hong Kong (3h30min flight), Shenzhen(3h30min flight), Taipei (4 hours), Hanoi (3 hours) and PERTH (5h10min).
Valid only on bookings made on www.singaporeair.com.sg
from 14th to 17th March, travel period from 27th March to 14th April. (Try logging onto singaporeair.com now.... it's impossible. I think all of Singapore is trying to log in to book something!)
It was obviously aimed at the low cost carriers like Jetstar Asia and Valuair that fly to those cities (except Shenzhen)
responded by offering S$98 fares to Perth too, valid for the exact days that SQ
stipulated their fares for.
Valuair, in the meantime, went to the papers to bitch and whine. THeir CEO likened the situation to a David versus Goliath one. "Goliath being the big, premium airline trying to whack a small, value-based carrier out of existence" he said, adding that Valuair welcomed competition "as long as the competition is not predatory". He continued by saying that "We hope that consumers will continue to support us because if Goliath manages to knock us out, the high fare regimes will return"
Valuair continues to charge S$320 to Perth on super saver deals, with fully flexible tickets being S$620. SIA's super saver deals to PER
have stagnated at S$288to PER
, S$660 for fully flexible. You can get QF
super saver deals to PER
for S$300, and also around S$660 for fully flexible.
Now Valuair has 2 Goliaths trying to gobble him. Two big, premium, well-run airlines. QF
uses brand new A330s and 744s to Perth from SIN
now, no longer the ancient 763s.
I understand you Perth people haven't benefited from any form of low fares to SIN
and beyond yet..... Cos all the price wars seem to be in SIN
and not PER