Airline Review: Tiger Airlines, BNE-MEL
As I said in my Virgin Australia review, I was due to fly Tiger, but at the last-minute my flight was changed. I’ll be honest, I was relieved. The only reason I had booked Tiger Airlines was down to price. It was cheaper for my travel dates than all other low-cost carriers.
But I was less lucky with the return flight, but hey, it gives me blog material right?
I flew from Brisbane to Melbourne on a direct flight. The check in confused me, they didn’t seem to have any physical desks, or staff for that matter. Just walk up to one of the two machines and type your name to select your seats and print a boarding pass. Perfect for criminals and dyslexic’s who booked the flights under the wrong names. No one checked my id at all!!
The flight was delayed by 4 hours… no apology, and in fact, no intercom even announcing the delay. They must be really trying to save money! Tiger is touted as a low-cost carrier, I just didn’t realise it was quite so, uh, budget.
The boarding gate was changed twice, but once we finally settled in our seats it was apparent we were in the cheap seats.
In front of me, a charming family with 3 children under 5 who proceeded to use the seats as a jungle gym, rolling around, and flipping the arm rests. The youngest one shrieking for around 10 minutes without any attention from her mother or father while flinging her seat back into my knees. Lovely.
Across from us were a couple of young Swedish? German? something European? backpackers, who like us were just looking for a cheap way to get from A to B. I think they regretted their decision too.
Behind us were a couple of teenagers listening to music on their ipod/iphone/boom box without headphones…. yep….. Blaring rock music for the entire flight, at 1am mind you… it’s safe to say it wasn’t the most enjoyable flight. And certainly worlds away from my recent http://itravelthereforeieat.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/emirates-a380-business-class-review/ blog.
I did however, skull 2 mini bottles of Sav Blanc to take my mind of the plane rattling around the sky, and to block out the surrounding noise of my fantastic travelling neighbours. I’ll be honest, the seats were about as comfortable as you’d expect, and the staff were pleasant. The aircraft was newish- while a seat back tv was never an option, there was a good selection of snack food and drinks.
I might be being a bit harsh, Tiger has its place, It’s a wonderful way to get between two cities (eventually) at a good price. I just don’t know if I would go out of my way to fly with them again on a late night flight when I have to work the next morning. A 4 hour delay on a 10pm arrival time flight, is a clincher. And no apology? Ugh
All up, I’d compare it to the 15 hour locals bus ride through Panama… but that’s another story!