Qantas16 wrote:Source: http://newsroom.jetstar.com/jetstar-ann ... -adelaide/
Great news for ADL, HBA and JQ. Good to see JQ starting to launch some new 'secondary' routes (like this and MCY-ADL)
This is great news, and I agree that it is good to see JQ launch some secondary markets. When they flew the route last time it was 717's daily, when it went to A320's they should have cut it to 3x weekly and it may have held on but ultimately TT jumped on as well and cut it in half only for both to pull out. Interestingly VA (as DJ) had great success on this route with the 73G and flew it for quite a while before JQ started. Was a funny thing, went from nothing to 2 carriers and then back to nothing!
What is also interesting is how JQ are doing this. The flights are Tues, Thurs, Sat and the aircraft for this will operate MEL-HBA-ADL-HBA-MEL. While the ADL service is operating there will be an additional MEL-HBA-MEL service to maintain capacity between these cities. It is a very clever utilisation of aircraft. On the days that the ADL service isn't running there is the normal MEL-HBA-MEL x2.
Big question is will it be JQ that take up the HBA-AKL-HBA service that is rumoured? I'd hope that the AKL route is NZ as I think onward connections to and from HBA would be better suited by NZ's North and South America network, and open up some interesting one stop pacific island options for Tasmania. There is also been talk of HBA-PER-HBA as well and that would fit the 3x weekly profile that JQ are now carving out. Time will tell...