Instead of $70 for more legroom, Qantas has tried to charge an Aussie traveler almost $1 billion for extra legroom.
Australia comedian Dave O’Neil has shared a photo of his flight details for a Melbourne to Perth flight saying on Twitter; “Hey Qantas all I wanted was extra legroom on my flight to Perth, very happy to pay for it but this seems a bit expensive.”
Qantas has responded saying “looks slightly over the normal price”.
That exchange started an avalanche of down-under humor with one lady asking if a meal onboard was included.
Another tweeted: “Imagine if you asked to purchase an additional baggage allowance.”
The airline told 7News.com.au the bill “was a bit of a stretch” and added, “we can confirm the passenger was charged the correct amount of $70 per sector for the extra legroom and we’re investigating what caused the incorrect amount to be displayed.”
Another man tweeted; “You celebrity types. Never want to pay full retail for anything.”
Yet another: “Whinge, whinge, whinge just pay the extra and we can all move on.”
While another said; “Qantas could have rounded it up”
“That’s a lotta legs!” said another.
“Is the airline’s fleet of planes included?” was another comment.
Which got us thinking.
What would A$987,999,999 (US$770K) buy?
Well, extra legroom seat on 14,114,285 flights or….
Three 265-seat Boeing 787-9s, or
Seven 180-seat Airbus A320s.
Good try Qantas.