The Au domestic scene is really starting to annoy me in the last few years.
Qantas domestic is utter rubbish now and their in plane service and food is just poor. Strangly enough their airport service is great. I haven't flown on Ansett for a while so that will be my next trip.
However, what really
gets me is the pricing: It often costs you MORE to fly from MEL-Carins return then it does to fly return from MEL-London! (I just checked travel.com.au and a return at restricted economy MEL-Carins is $1440 AUD !!) I could fly to Japan and back with ANA for that amount!!
Impulse and Virgin Blue seem to be doing very little contary to popular belief. Their "web hot" fares seem to be limited to only 100 seats in a time period and their normal fares are still about half the price of flying to Euroupe.
I've never flow domestic in the USA, but I think there's the rub: Australian Domestic gets (better?) meals, IFE (you get a special "airline" version of Nation Nine News on the PTVs on some QF flights) etc, things that sound wonderful to Amerikajin who are used to getting peanuts and half a can of Coke - but we really
end up paying for it. Like I said, that's my beef with IM and VB, is the fact they don't have any of this, claim that they are really "cheap" because of it, but really aren't.
In conclusion: there are pros and cons in both extream competion (genuine lower prices, no service), and exclusivity (high prices, great(??) service).
Excuse the spelling.... it's early moring here now....