evanb wrote:ClassicLover wrote:I agree with you on the on board experience. It's remarkable flying regularly on BA in Club Europe, and then flying Qantas domestically in J. From a catering perspective, BA is head and shoulders above QF (with SWISS within Europe in business class even better again). Compare ticket prices though and Qantas is usually three to four times more expensive. I know the market can support the prices, but being cheap with the meals at those prices is a bit of a smack to the face for those travelling up front.
Both BA and LX (and almost all other European legacy carriers sell a Y class seat as J, simply keeping the middle (in a three seater) or neighbouring (in a two seater) seat empty for domestic/European flights. To even compare this to the QF domestic J (an actual short haul J seat) is preposterous, nevermind the lie flat on many trans-continental/Tasman or trunk route flights. And yes, that is what people are paying for, the seat! It entirely explains the pricing! When you book a business class fare and all you get is a blocked off seat next to you, that you may have just gotten by luck in economy anyway, then I would see that as a slap in the face.
So if youre saying seats are the most important thing, then lets compare to the US where seats are broadly the same as in AU. Service is worse than AU but that doesnt matter right? Domestic first in the US is often a token above economy, sometimes less than $100. 4-5 hour sectors in first can often be had for sub $500, try getting that in Australia.