|Quoting Airbear (Reply 7):|
DJ doesn't fly the route anymore (and Rex likewise), because the legions of public servants who frequent the route, simply cannot do without the QF Clubs/Chairman's Clubs, at either end; the FF points; or the comp upgrades (on the B737-operated services) and all the rest of it... all paid for by you know who... and all that for a flight of just 35 - 40 mins. ! Grrr.
People who live outside Canberra have no idea about how Public Servants travel. If Public Servants want the Club lounge they pay th emembership themselves or they have to do one of these complicated Salary Sacrifice- the same deal where you claim a brief case or laptop computer. The Chairman's Club would only be used by very Senior Public Servants - probably more used by the Big City Businessmen flying home after a day lobbying the Government. Public Servants are not allowed to earn FF
points for Government travel. If any Public Servants get complimentary upgrades there would be no more of that going on than for the Businessmen flying into Canberra. Often, even though Senior Public Servants may be entitled to fly in Business Class, they are encouraged to fly in Economy to let a Section's travel budget last a big longer during the Financial Year.
I was disappointed when Virgin and then Rex withdrew their Canberra Sydney flights. DJ
only operates jets, and everyone knows that jets do not make money on a short stage like CBR
. Even the Embraers will not be ideal for a short stage length which is less than 30 minutes in the air.
When Rex withdrew they were flying 6 times daily, but I thought their timetable was not ideal. It was very hard to choose Rex flights that gave travellers good use of their time for a business trip to Sydney. When Qantas were offering 19 flights a day, it was very hard not to choose the Qantas flight. Rex did offer Lounge access - very nice, and people got in by showing their Qantas card.
Some Government Departments are very aware that they benefit from having competition on the Canberra-Sydney route. If anyone wants to win business off Qantas, they have to start by matching the Qantas frequency on the route.