Japan’s virtual airline sees soaring demand amid real travel disruption

Tokyo to Rome, first class for $90 sounds too good to be real.

Those booking these “flights” might never leave the ground but they don’t feel short changed, as passengers on Japan’s leading “virtual reality” airline.

First Airlines offers time-strapped tourists “virtual holiday packages” with in-flight meals, top destinations and entertainment on offer – all in a 110-minute simulation.

Operating out of Ikebukuro, the simulation facility in downtown Tokyo is nowhere near an airport. But don’t let that ruin your experience. First Airlines needs no runway to visit destinations as far away as Paris, New York, Rome and Hawaii. The fact that you save 12 hours in the air, can only make the prospect more appealing.

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