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By Pandy - 30 October 2007 23

The Canberra Times reports that Tiger Airways will be flying initially from Canberra to Melbourne from February 2008 with fares ranging from $40 to $50 one way and special fares of $10, taxes included. Fortunately the flights go to Tullamarine.

Well I went and made a booking today for a holiday in Victoria in March. So the fares might be cheap but here is the sting in the tail (pun intended):

Check-in closes promptly 45 minutes before departure. It is recommended that you check-in 2 hours before hand.
Luggage allowance is 15kgs. A sliding scale of charges applies for each extra 5kgs of luggage from $25 per sector. But these are on-line charges. If you pay at the time of boarding you may expect to FROM 3 times this amount; ie $75 for the 1st extra 5kg.

Then what about booking the seat of your choice? A bit confusing but it seems that the on-line default is $25 per seat per sector.

I wonder what their inflight catering charges will be like?

What’s Your opinion?

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Flying Tigers
LG 11:12 am 30 Oct 07

I recently flew both easyJet and Ryanair (who have strict check-in conditions and baggage allowances).

I can imagine a few people (who don’t read the conditions!) getting into a little trouble.

But my own experience was entirely pleasant.

Pandy 10:58 am 30 Oct 07

My mistake,

I should have said sallyann60.

Doing a google search on Riotact, shows no previous post by sallyann60 and only one from a sallyann

Was sallyann60 created only today? If so, I would suggest that sallyann60 is a sockpuppet from one of my loyal readers.

Also interesting that this random post appeared the day I outed

Nah, mere coincidence.

Lord Mælinar 10:50 am 30 Oct 07

I used to know a sallyanne. LG would probably remember sallyanne as well.

Pandy 10:40 am 30 Oct 07

Oh Sallyanne60,

Interesting, that as the email addresses have not been able to be seen on Riotact, for some months, you have totally unrelated to my trip to Victoria have decided at this time to remember my email address now. You a sock puppet for whom I wonder? And why did you miss the post I made to the Vietnam and China forums?

Oh I forgot all about that post. It was an interesting stir and got the reaction I wanted at the time. I never check that email adrress anyway. But if you are interested sallyann contact me.

But checking on the responses to the thread I started, I see that there are a few gay enquiries. Any fat gay bears (it is alt.russia you know) reading this and are interested? 😉

Ingeegoodbee 10:03 am 30 Oct 07

Oh Pandy, you sly dog you ….Rrrrrrrrrrr

Jonathon Reynolds 9:39 am 30 Oct 07


Thumper 9:34 am 30 Oct 07


sallyann60 9:06 am 30 Oct 07

Oh, how sweet…. are you meeting your new wife? I hope she doesnt have too much luggage…

Subject: Looking for a Baltic wife

From: Andy

Between 35 and 45.

Must not be fat, understand English. Under 170cms.

Ethnicity not a problem.

Children no problem. That is, I don’t care if you have any but I will
not adopt them.

Wants to move to Australia.

Respond with photos to my email address.

Genuine offers only.

PigDog 9:05 am 30 Oct 07

I say welcome Tiger! $10 is cheaper than a taxi to the airport so I think the conditions are pretty reasonable. Even if they slug you extra for luggage over 15kg, it is probably still going to be a hell of a lot cheaper than the other two operators on that sector.

swissbignose 8:51 am 30 Oct 07

You’ll find that only Qantas fly Canberra to Sydney. Virgin are going to start flying with their new Embraer jets on the 4th of February, 2008.

The only way to compete with Qantas is to provide the flexibility in schedules to accommodate the (often Public Sector) travellers that don’t want to hang around in Sydney (or Canberra) once their meeting is finished.

That, and a lounge that gives you free stuff, and some frequent flyer points to boot.

It’s a tough ask for any new entrant.

A high-speed rail link however…

scumdorg 8:45 am 30 Oct 07

Tiger have dashed everybody’s hopes by only flying to Melbourne. People are crying out for a cheap airfare to Sydney but all we get are more flights to bleak city. A low cost carrier is urgently needed on the Sydney route to provide competition for Virgin (on the ridiculous) and Quaint Arse.

GnT 8:22 am 30 Oct 07

I flew EasyJet in the UK, and they’re not kidding when they say check-in closes promptly. 2 hours and 50 pounds later, I was able to reschedule but lost any saving by flying a discount airline.

Hasdrubahl 8:15 am 30 Oct 07

My worst flight EVER was with Ryan Air. Aberdeen to Glasgow, mid-January, pitch black outside, we appeared to be passing through some sort of hurricane. But credit to the pilot for bringing us down OK.

Thumper 8:12 am 30 Oct 07

Sounds like they will run something along the lines of Ryan Air in the UK and Europe.

Cheap and nasty but if you have no baggage and don’t want any inflight extras, then okay.

But beware of the luggage, they will really slug you for it.

Hasdrubahl 8:05 am 30 Oct 07

Will they sell Tiger beer?

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