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Japan launches world's first virtual reality airline
Posted on 27/02/2018 10 shares

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Japan's First Airlines is offering passengers the unique experience of taking virtual reality trips without ever leaving the ground.

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Japan's First Airlines is offering passengers the unique experience of taking virtual reality trips without ever leaving the ground.

The Japanese airline is based in Tokyo. It offers first-class virtual reality "flights" to destinations such as Rome, Paris, Hawaii and New York. The "flights" are two hours and the price starts at ¥6600 ($62).

First Airlines replicates the inside of a real aircraft and fliers can enjoy the aspects they love about flying. The experience offers a 'stress-free vacation' as passengers avoid pricy airport transfers, baggage fees and busy airport terminals.

The trips offer the full in-flight experience as enjoy first-class travel and a four-course dinner. Air hosts and hostesses also go over safety instructions and fliers get to experience 'take-off and landing'. Passengers even get a 360-degree virtual reality tour of their destination.

First Airlines manager Hiroaki Abe said the flights were popular with elderly passengers who struggled with overseas travel due to physical limitations and people who simply didn't have the time or money for a trip.

Those keen to experience First Airlines can book a trip on the website. Reservations are currently being taken until April 2018.