Backpackers Xpress, a new airline in Australia that will be based out of Melbourne, has announced new information. They will be looking at the 747-400 for their one type layout and will expect to get their first two from SQ from which they will be retiring. If the airline cannot get the 747-400 in will go for the 743. The airline will be doing "backpacker" routes like Munich and others. The aircraft though in a single class, low cost, layout, will offer 32in. seat pitch in the lower deck, 36in. in the back upper deck, and 40in. in the front upper. Instead of purchasing expensive IFE systems, the airline will have dancing, kareoke, and learning programs about their destination and will be able to rent Mini DVD players in which they can watch movies (cinema movies as well as ones about the destination), and listen to music. The airline is aimed towards educating the passengers.
[Edited 2004-06-01 23:07:37]