Jetstar Sydney To Tasmania Review – Jetting Off To Launceston

Did you know that Jetstar offers flights to Launceston, Tasmania for less than $200 return? It was this news that made me book for the following weekend to check out one of their less reviewed regional services. How would this longer flight be different from their mainland routes, and would I finally find a ham and cheese sandwich worthy of the toasty title? (Spoiler alert: I wouldn’t).

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Catching the last flight off the island. Photo: Simple Flying

You can check out a review of this flight here:

The seat

Departing Sydney for the evening flight, the A320-200 aircraft (the workhorse of the Jetstar fleet) was boarded by the front and back. Normally sitting at the front of the plane is preferred, but the back suited me just fine as it was just as quick to board.

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The seat onboard the Jetstar A320. Photo: Simple Flying

The aircraft is all economy with a pretty standard 3-3 layout with 32 inches per seat. There was really nothing remarkable about the seat (it was very average in comfort), but I would say it was clean and the tray table, albeit small, seemed to be very new.

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The legroom onboard Jetstar. Photo: Simple Flying

The flight

After take off the cabin crew passed through the cabin offering food service. Making it my own purpose for my soul on this green earth to try every ham and cheese toasty on every flight I come across, I bit the bullet and ordered the $10.50 AUD ‘sandwich’.

For those not in the know, a typical sandwich in Australia can be found for around $4 at a convenience store. $6-7 for a gourmet one. Thus this sandwich was either the most fantastic sandwich ever to be made… or…. I was in for one emotional journey.

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The rows of seats. No seatback entertainment on the short-haul aircraft. Photo: Simple Flying

The sandwich was returned to me ‘warm’ with scalding steam escaping from the packet. The white bread simultaneously appeared to be made completely out of sugar yet lack any flavor or sweetness whatsoever. The ham was highly processed and the cheese so absent that I was afraid that it had been denied boarding by the airline’s baggage restrictions and left behind.

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More cardboard than bread. Photo: Simple Flying

It was tasteless and whilst not as bad as SWISS, was not worth 10.50 AUD.

However, on the return journey, it was pleasant to discover that as it was the last flight, all perishable foods (such as sandwiches, salads, biscuits and cheese etc) were now 50% off. So that ‘oh-so-ridiculous’ sandwich was now massively reduced! But learning my lesson even five dollars was too much to ask.

The rest of the 90 minutes was uneventful, with us flying low and hard over our destination to land on the single runway.

The bottom line

Jetstar offers one of the cheapest ways to Launceston, and next to Virgin Australia, is the only service to use an A320 (Qantas offers a Q400, which would be rough flying over the Tasman sea). I can’t deny that their service was popular (the cabin was full) and that by offering such cheap fares ($70 AUD for a round trip in Feb!) they need some way to make up the money, but man, charging $10.50 for a ham and cheese toasty was straight daylight robbery.

What do you think? Have you ever had a good sandwich onboard an aircraft? Let us know in the comments.

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Jack

The legroom according to seatguru is 29 inches on the A320 and 28 on the newly configured A321. Even Qantas don’t have 32 inches legroom standard on their seats. From personal experience, it’s definately not 32 inches legroom. Nice review. Jetstar is cheap, and it’ll get you there, but always look to make sure it is cheaper than the legacy option, because sometimes, it isn’t.

AUSSIE

hard to think they have any links with QANTAS

B N

Just a minor detail, I think you mean Bass Strait rather than the Tasman Sea. Given the range of a Q400 there’s no way I’d attempt to cross the Tasman Sea on one

Andrew Curran

“The ham was highly processed and the cheese so absent that I was afraid that it had been denied boarding by the airline’s baggage restrictions and left behind.” Ha ha. I flew out of Launceston the same week you flew in Nick. I like the run down there. The scenery over Flinders Island and into Launceston is great. I don’t mind the bar at Launceston airport either – nice looking out to the mountains, but the $13 pints and $29 “Wagyu” burgers (Wagyu my ass) needs addressing. Beetroot relish was okay though. Also the Qantas Pub is only open 90… Read more »