Backpackers Airlines


BRISBANE-based international low-cost carrier Backpackers Xpress is on the hunt for aircraft to fly to a number of international budget traveller destinations by the end of 2004.

BPX, chaired by former Sunstate Airlines owner Bevan Whittaker, is aiming to run flights from the UK city of Manchester, via New Delhi and Bangkok, to Melbourne.

A company spokeswoman said the group was halfway through negotiations for an air operator certificate and hoped to begin flights during the last quarter of 2004.

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The planned 473-seat all-economy layout will include karaoke, dance competitions, pizza and a personal DVD service with more than 300 titles to
choose from.

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