This Virtual Flight From Tokyo to Paris Never Leaves the Ground


Fasten your seatbelts for a flight from Tokyo to Paris which never leaves the ground.

That’s exactly what 12 passengers did at Tokyo’s novel First Airlines virutal reality centre, where they relaxed in first and business-class seats…

… and were served four-course dinners.

En route, donning VR headsets provided immersive 360-degree virtual reality tours of the City of Light’s sights.

To ehance the virtual experience, there’s even a safety demonstration.

“A real trip is a hassle to prepare for, and expensive, and takes time. So I think it is good that we can enjoy all this hassle-free”, said Takashi Sakano, 39, who was on his first VR trip, adding that he wanted to ‘travel’ to Rome next time. And at ¥6,600 yen (A$78) it’s a fraction of the cost of an actual trip overseas.

First Airline’s two-hour ‘flights’ to Paris, Rome, Hawaii and New York have been fully booked since the company opened in 2016.

“We have lots of elderly customers, who want to go overseas but are not able to easily, given their physical limitations”, manager of First Airlines Hiroaki Abe said, explaining that the majority of First Airlines’ visitors are older Japanese from around the country.

Abe added that domestic VR flights around Japan will be added soon, with meals highlighting the region’s cuisine.