I'm looking at booking flights to/ from Auckland for next February. I'll be flying Air New Zealand, but I thought for a laugh, I'd look at the Jetstar website.
They say they are cheaper, but I wanted to see if this is true, and if so, by how much.
OK, so this is not a scientific test, but I got more than I bargained for!
Firstly - they were cheaper, by a miserly NZD$10 a sector when you include 20kg baggage [same as Air NZ], although Air NZ would give me status points and I would have to pay extra for those on Jetstar. So, much of a muchness.
The big difference came in flight times. Air NZ indicates a 1 hour flight [Boeing 737-300 or Airbus 320-100/200]. For one of Jetstar's flights [Airbus A320], they say 1 hour and 5 minutes, for the other, 5 minutes!!! Given that they Airbus A320 is not supersonic, I doubt it... :-) Still, it would be nice! Screenshot below [click for a larger image]: