Qantas drops Jetstar code shares on domestic flights
Qantas purged Jetstar code shares from its domestic flights booking site today, only a few days after it began applying Emirates code shares to its international booking site. Rumours, and half baked explanations abound.
It looks like Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti continues to influence Qantas policy, after it abruptly removed its QF code from Jetstar or JQ coded domestic flights on Qantas.com
Borghetti has said in various places that if the deal by which Virgin Australia buys a 60% and controlling interest in Tiger Australia is approved by the ACCC Tiger flights will never be involved in a code share with his airline because of the confusion, and anger, this often caused in Qantas customers in relation to Jetstar flights.
One of the strong selling points of Virgin Australia is that it doesn’t have a so called dual brand strategy in place, which to consumers often seemed to have been devised by Qantas to annoy the hell out of them when they found themselves punted into a Jetstar cabin.
In this report in Travel Weekly Qantas is quoted as saying that the move, effective immediately, would remove ‘confusion’.
What took Qantas so long? And why are there still Jetstar flights displayed, but without the joint QF code, on Qantas.com anyhow? It is not as though people who want to fly Jetstar will go to Qantas.com to find its flights when it has its own, very easy to use site that shows all JQ flights.
Other rumours continue to swirl around Jetstar and Tiger. One is that Jetstar is no longer getting the benefit of certain costs being carried by Qantas, but Qantas has always maintained this was untrue anyhow.
The other is that some Tiger staff have been told in no uncertain terms that if the ACCC refuses to approve the deal for control to pass to Virgin Australia, its Singaporean owners which include Singapore Airlines will shut the Australian operation down.
Comment was sought from Tiger Australia. Frame it:
As we are still waiting for the ACCC’s review, it is too preliminary for us to comment on this matter.