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New Route: Rex Launches Full Service $79 Flights between Sydney and Melbourne (Travel from March 1, on Sale Today) @ Rex.com.au

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100,000 tickets on sale from $79

From their media release:

REX LAUNCHES INTO SYDNEY–MELBOURNE 100,000 TICKETS ON SALE FROM$79

From 1 Mar 2021, travellers will finally have a high quality, reliable and affordable airline to fly between Australia’s major capital cities. Tickets for Rex services between Sydney and Melbourne go on sale from today.

Luggage (23kg) and a snack are included.

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  • +5

    I should also note you get 23kg luggage and a small snack and tea/coffee or water onboard. All there new 737s are ex VA

  • +1

    $299 business fares too. Seems pretty cheap but are they on-par with VA or QF?

    • -1

      Seats are practically the same, but with next to no decent lounges, and flights 3-4 hours apart, nothing overly appealing about them outside the introductory fare..

    • +1

      It's VAs old seat, will depend if in flight service is just as good.

      • Yes, seats are the same - but still a lot to pay for potentially just a seat for a 90min flight..

        If your flight goes U/S, or you're late (or very early), you're locked in to sitting around the airport for a very long time. Not ideal for traditional users of business class (and again, budgeting families probably aren't keen to spend $300 for a seat on such a short leg)

        • includes wifi for business passengers, and 23kg checked luggage and a snack / drink for all

        • +1

          you're locked in to sitting around the airport for a very long time.

          Rex do have lounges. More comparable to a regional Qantas Club like Darwin but it's better than sitting in the terminal

    • +1

      REX Drives Another Stake Through Virgin’s Heart By Adding Instant Hot Water Taps To Lounges

      https://www.betootaadvocate.com/uncategorized/rex-drives-ano...

  • +8

    https://www.betootaadvocate.com/uncategorized/rex-pilot-apol...

    The nation’s little airline that could has finally got their hands on a new Boeing 737 this week in the quest to take on Qantas and the airline formally known as Virgin.

    But one REX pilot was forced to apologise to passengers this morning for repeatedly stalling the new aircraft as he’s not used to driving a Boeing.

    “Sorry guys,” he said over the PA.

    “The Saab I usually drive is an auto. These big planes have a heavy clutch. The gearbox has a splitter, too. So this 737 has like 28 gears, compared to my old Saab that just had a four-speed auto,”

    “Anyway guys, we should be underway soon.”

    Representatives from the airline have downplayed the stalling episodes, telling The Advocate today in a statement that stalling on the tarmac happens all the time.

    “We are aware that there might be some teething issues in our transition to jet aircraft,” said REX.

    “Some pilots might bunny-hop down the runway as they get used to the Boeing. It’s a serious bit of kit,”

    “One day, we hope to have larger aircraft. Who knows, one day we might be landing an A380 into Mildura with a load of migrant workers? That’s the dream.”

    More to come.

  • +2

    Will be interesting to see where this ends up, if Rex can be the new budget competitor in the market, we might not miss Tiger quite so much.

    (I know, Tiger sucked, but without any budget airline competition, I can't see Jetstar having much incentive to offer good value fares anymore).

  • +4

    Any competition is good. All the best to REX

    • +2

      They've done pretty well as the only airline to significantly expand during Covid.
      Not many other airlines had access to government money for expansions worth over 50% of their annual revenue.

    • They did amazing service to remote central Aus a year or so back. Kudos to them.