Surfboards on Planes

Surfboards on Planes
Just a couple of weeks ago, a holiday maker from Tassie bought a McTavish Sumo 6’6″, as the beachies around Peregian were pumping at the time. He also had the idea of having a great surf here, and then taking his board back to Tassie with him. This is not unusual as a lot of travellers do end up taking their boards back home with them.
Enter yesterday,…the same “Sumo” guy came back in with a story that Jetstar would NOT take his board with his carry on luggage, because it was too big by about 3″ and could we at Surf Shop help.
We contacted Surfboard Freighters a local company, and also Virgin Airlines to get back to him and Jetstar was in our sights too.
At the time of writing we understand that the traveler contacted Surfboard Freighters himself, but we don’t have any further details.

Jetstar has the following policy for Surfboards on Planes

Surfboard Screen 2015-09-11 at 10.17.08 am

Surfboard Screen 2015-09-11 at 10.17.08 am

Surfboards on Planes

JETSTAR Size and Weight Restrictions
Check the aircraft type before booking your flight to make sure your bulky item is within their size restrictions. If you’ve already booked and want to add your oversized surfboard baggage,then it’s probably too late to do anything at all. Finding the aircraft type on your Jetstar itinerary is a bit useless after the event, but here they are for your future information:
Surfboards on Planes
Size restrictions Jetstar:
Domestic and short-haul international Q300, A320 or A321 Aircraft – 1.9 meters only
International long haul A330 Aircraft and 787 aircraft – 2.77 meters only
Length restrictions include packaging. For journeys that contain multiple flights and aircraft types, the lesser limit applies.
Combined weight of your bulky items and baggage must be within your baggage allowance. No single item can weigh more than 32kg.
Pack bulky items appropriately before you arrive at check-in.

VH-YUD-Virgin-Australia-Regional-Airbus-A320-200

VH-YUD-Virgin-Australia-Regional-Airbus-A320-200


HOWEVER
Virgin Australia Size and Weight Restrictions (nearly arn’t any)
Travelling with a Surfboard
Oversized baggage can be checked in, provided each item does not exceed 32kg in weight. Items heavier than 32kg must be shipped as Freight. So that early 60’s 9’6″ Balsa logger with multiple Redwood stringers, nose and tail block, with parquet timber set in fin, might just be over weight…LOL

Virgin Aust Screen Shot Surfboards on Planes

Virgin Aust Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 10.59.22 am

Surfboards on Planes may only be accepted on board, if packaged in a protective covering, with padded protection around the fin area. Virgin Australia recommends surfboard fins be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment.
WE will note here that both JETSTAR and VIRGIN AUST. run domestically pretty much the same air craft and both run the A320.
The distinction is that VIRGIN AUST. WILL take your over sized surfboard and Jetstar won’t.
Surfboards on Planes
So the message here is quite clear;
What in JETSTAR’S economy of scale, is different to VIRGIN AUST?
Jetstar keeps shooting itself in the foot with Domestic and International Surfers travelling, by not catering to that ever increasing older travelling surfer, taking their bigger than a “shortboard”, surfboards.
VIRGIN AUST DOES

n.b.At the time of writing these above facts and figures were correct. Please do your own research to satisfy your own needs to your destination. We hereby accept no responsibility. Good luck.
Footnote: It is now 29/10/15 and it is apparent that nothing has changed with Jetstar.