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Japan's First Airlines takes passengers on simulated flight to virtual destination

February 22, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ISPR

This one's a trip. Japanese airline-themed restaurant First Airlines, offers visitors a First class flying experience that includes a virtual reality immersive tour of Hawaii, New York, Paris or Rome.

To make the airline-experience complete, guests arrive to a "check-in desk" before boarding and get a paper boarding pass to commemorate the journey. "Passengers" sit in plush genuine aircraft seats in a mocked-up aircraft cabin that includes environmental elements such as engine sounds and views of the tarmac on take-off playing on large video screens and ambient light shows during the flight portion of the evening with images of starry skies projected onto the ceilings, walls and aircraft windows. "Flight attendants" even perform a safety briefing before take-off, complete with demonstration of how to buckle seat belts and don life jackets.

The "in-flight meals" are themed around the country of destination for the evening's flight and served from airline trolleys.

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