Qantas launches direct Bendigo-Sydney service

 
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-to-start-bendigo-sydney-flights-city-s-first-in-30-years-20181210-p50l83.html

This is pretty huge news for the 'Go.

It would certainly appear to firm the odds for Bendigo as the second pilot academy location, which is still unannounced.

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  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Bendigo to Sydney Sydney to Mildura   be quicker than the train
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
That'll get Mikeys blood pressure up
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Wait until you see the fares before cheering.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A welcomed but interesting approach from Qantas ideally coming in before the airport link.  I am now wondering how much business may be affected (I am thinking not much at this time) once the airport link is commissioned allowing fast trains from Bendigo to Sunshine for a change.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
From March 31 it seems.

Sydney to Bendigo in the morning, returning in the afternoon. I suspect just a turnaround, so an overnight stay at a minimum for visitors. Likewise for Bendigo people going to Sydney.

The Business day return trippers will still have to go via Melbourne.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Still a BIG vote of confidence in regional bendigo as a centre which really should have the same style of service as Dubbo and Broken Hill etc.

Are QANTAS planning to use a SAAB?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
But a look at the Qantas website shows things differently. Using 16-18 April as an example :

SYD-BXG (Bendigo) 17:25-19:25 - and BXG-SYD 09:10-11:00 - so the A/C sits on the ground overnight it seems.

Dash 8 is the Aircraft

Cheapest ticket is $258 return
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
But a look at the Qantas website shows things differently. Using 16-18 April as an example :

SYD-BXG (Bendigo) 17:25-19:25 - and BXG-SYD 09:10-11:00 - so the A/C sits on the ground overnight it seems.

Dash 8 is the Aircraft

Cheapest ticket is $258 return
mikesyd
That is the same basic pattern they run for lots of regional flights.  Its a timetable that works for pax.  Also, cheaper to lay over an aircraft regionally than at a capital airport.

Very very interesting development.  I like it.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
But a look at the Qantas website shows things differently. Using 16-18 April as an example :

SYD-BXG (Bendigo) 17:25-19:25 - and BXG-SYD 09:10-11:00 - so the A/C sits on the ground overnight it seems.

Dash 8 is the Aircraft

Cheapest ticket is $258 return
mikesyd

Looks to be setup for Bendigo business and leisure travellers going to Sydney for the day and returning in the late afternoon.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
This will probably draw from a reasonable area.  I think we should watch the loads of this flight closely.  If this works, similar ones to say Shepparton and even Ballarat might make sense.

Though i do wonder if there is a key customer this might be for that is providing good base volumes?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Though i do wonder if there is a key customer this might be for that is providing good base volumes?
james.au
The blindingly obvious one that comes to my mind is the finance sector...
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I don't know Bendigo enough to know the big businesses there. Who is big in finance there?
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Didn't Qantaslink previously have an Albion Park to Melbourne service?
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Bendigo Bank has a major business there and I believe lantrobe or Monash University. Telstra also has a range of functions there.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I don't know Bendigo enough to know the big businesses there. Who is big in finance there?
james.au
Starts with Bendigo and ends with Bank!

Australia's 5th biggest bank if you believe the TV ads doing the rounds at the moment.

BG
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Bendigo merged with Adelaide Bank, so looking forward to a BGO - ADL  flight soon Laughing

Rick
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Bendigo ADELAIDE bank is very community focused.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I don't know Bendigo enough to know the big businesses there. Who is big in finance there?
Starts with Bendigo and ends with Bank!

Australia's 5th biggest bank if you believe the TV ads doing the rounds at the moment.

BG
BrentonGolding
The only major bank unscathed by the Royal Commission IIRC. ?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
[Bendigo and Adelaide Bank] the only major bank unscathed by the Royal Commission IIRC. ?
YM-Mundrabilla
Nope...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
[Bendigo and Adelaide Bank] the only major bank unscathed by the Royal Commission IIRC. ?
Nope...
LancedDendrite
Thanks LD I stand corrected.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/victorias-regions/bendigo
Good list of major employers on this page. Thales is one that jumps out. Does the Bendigo flight provide convenient connections at Sydney with Canberra, perchance?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Didn't Qantaslink previously have an Albion Park to Melbourne service?
GeoffreyHansen
Yes, when BHP had executives flying between Melbourne HO and the steelworks.  It continued for a bit after and may have had a second reintroduction but it isn't there now.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I don't know Bendigo enough to know the big businesses there. Who is big in finance there?
Starts with Bendigo and ends with Bank!

Australia's 5th biggest bank if you believe the TV ads doing the rounds at the moment.

BG
BrentonGolding
You may all address me as Blind Freddie for the next 24 hours for that oversight (though even he would have known that I am sure).....
  Carnot Minister for Railways

This is a significant win for Bendigo.  And even better for the locals who want to avoid paying ridiculous parking fees at Tullamarine.

Remember too that the catchment and destination is more than just Bendigo.  Echuca, Castlemaine, and Maryborough to name a few will also benefit.

It'll be interesting to hear if we get the Pilot Academy.  I suspect the odds have increased.

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