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Backpackers Xpress

Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:50 pm

Earlier in the year (maybe last year) there was talk of these people running a 742 or 743 from Europe to Australia. I have Google'd but not found their website (sure they had one before).

Does anyone know what happended to these plans?

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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:54 pm

Quoting AirEuropeUK733 (Thread starter):
Does anyone know what happended to these plans?

It all went tits up!

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Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:49 am

It was actually a 744 they planned to use for this configured all economy, LHR-MUC-DEL / BOM-BKK-MEL was I think the route.

What snookered it was the Australian authorities giving all the Indian rights to QF.

It's a brilliant idea though and I think it could well have worked out. Last time I heard these guys were going to try again.
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:53 am

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 2):
It's a brilliant idea though and I think it could well have worked out. Last time I heard these guys were going to try again.

Please it would suck big time.....

All economy with the likes that they hoped to fill the plane with. Shoot me now.
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:32 pm

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 3):
Please it would suck big time.....

All economy with the likes that they hoped to fill the plane with. Shoot me now.

I didn't say I would fly on it. But budget travellers wouldn't mind it, if they can put up with really grubby hostels, they can put up with a 500+ pax 744 no problem.

Germany, UK and Australia are all huge backpacker markets (both inbound and outbound), and India and SE Asia are both places these people want to go to. Can't see why they couldn't fill up the flights.
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:16 pm

There was a recent thread on this topic see Backpackers Xpress Fails To Take Flight! (by 6thfreedom Apr 21 2005 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:29 pm

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 3):
All economy with the likes that they hoped to fill the plane with. Shoot me now.

And they were to have a full bar on board! Imagine...13 hours in flight with some drunk British students/hooligans.

It's a fun idea in principle. I used to be a "backpacker," but those days are behind me now. But I don't know how they could have managed financially, with no premium pax. It's one thing to do Ryanair-style service from DUB-STN, but you can't be no-frills on a flight of that length.
 
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Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:23 pm

And it was stated that Karaoke would be used for the in-flight entertainment. Imagine stuck on a plane with fellow passengers singing on the karaoke for 22½ hours and nowhere to escape from it. Now that would be my vision of hell.
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Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:07 pm

Quoting AirEuropeUK733 (Thread starter):
And it was stated that Karaoke would be used for the in-flight entertainment. Imagine stuck on a plane with fellow passengers singing on the karaoke for 22½ hours and nowhere to escape from it. Now that would be my vision of hell.

And mine too......I am admittedly at that difficult age between youth and the foothills of middle age.

If there was a 'normal' cabin towards the front, say with a twenty quid premium for being spared the louts at the back, I'd no doubt use the service.
 
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:10 pm

Quoting MainMAN (Reply 8):
And mine too......I am admittedly at that difficult age between youth and the foothills of middle age.

If there was a 'normal' cabin towards the front, say with a twenty quid premium for being spared the louts at the back, I'd no doubt use the service.

As am I. personally I'd be happy to fork out 200 quid extra to fly on BA or QF and spare myself the experience.....
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:14 pm

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 3):
All economy with the likes that they hoped to fill the plane with. Shoot me now.

Can you imagine? 300 half-drunk British backpackers? I would die - I would literally open the bloody door and jump out.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 7):
And it was stated that Karaoke would be used for the in-flight entertainment. Imagine stuck on a plane with fellow passengers singing on the karaoke for 22½ hours and nowhere to escape from it. Now that would be my vision of hell.

There are only so many drunken renditions of "Sweet Chariot" that I can handle. Just thinking about it...

...those poor FAs.

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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:17 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 10):
Can you imagine? 300 half-drunk British backpackers? I would die - I would literally open the bloody door and jump out.

Too true, but actually it was the thought of all those Australian backpackers heading for London that would scare me  Wink
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Thu Jul 21, 2005 3:57 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 11):
actually it was the thought of all those Australian backpackers heading for London that would scare me

LOL. And we haven't even considered those joining the party in MUC.

On second thoughts, I'll stick with MH
 
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:10 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 11):
Too true, but actually it was the thought of all those Australian backpackers heading for London that would scare me

Well said Cornish - up till that point it seemed that people were assuming the plane would either be flying back empty, or would only accept British passengers!  wink 
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:21 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
There was a recent thread on this topic see Backpackers Xpress Fails To Take Flight! (by 6thfreedom Apr 21 2005 in Civil Aviation)

as I stated in an earlier thread, the issue was financial backing.
the issue of rights over India etc, was just a side show.

The latest India-Australia ASA has increased capacity to 5500 seats pw, increasing to 6500 seats from March 2006. QF only operates 1350 seats pw with its 3 x SYD-BOM services.

The UK would have been an issue, as rights on UK-Aust are fully utilised by QF, but again, talks are expected later this year, and VS would be pushing hard for extra rights, as would QF to increase SYD-HKG-LHR services from 4 to daily.

It was always going to be an uphill battle for these guys.
For starters, the 'backpackers' theme was all wrong. it should have been promoted as an all economy holiday airline, not backpackers!
 
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RE: Backpackers Xpress

Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:47 am

Ahh, its a shame! I would have loved it... although I guess that's because I'm on such a tight budget and enjoy a bit of impromptu kareoke...