In Tokyo, Japan, there is a new craze over virtual reality flights. Passengers are paying to essentially have the flight experience in virtual reality without travelling to a destination. This might seem ludicrous, as a majority of travellers view air travel as the worst part of going on holiday - like the queue before going down a water slide. However, its popularity is rising as a great alternative to taking a real life flight.
What do customers get?
Customers who decide to buy a VR flight ticket may not actually be travelling, but they still get their money’s worth:
A two hour flight, seated in a comfy Airbus seat surrounded by decor reflecting the inside of an aircraft
Flight service such as food, music for each destination and Virtual reality glasses.
Menu for food depends on the destination e.g. cheesecake for flights to New York
Upon passengers ‘arrival’, they are treated to a 360 degree tour of the destination, thanks to projection mapping and video.
How much does it cost?
For the business class experience, ‘flights’ cost just 38 euros (4980 Yen). Much cheaper than the real life alternative! For the first class experience, tickets cost are only slightly more at 45 euros (5980 Yen).
Why are people choosing this as an alternative to regular flights?
While to many it might appear strange, there are several great advantages to virtual reality flights. Firstly, there is zero stress. You don’t need to go through airport security or deal with any luggage. You can just relax and enjoy the experience. In particular nervous fliers can keep in mind that there is no possibility of anything going wrong, even if they find the VR too realistic they can simply leave the ‘plane’.
Secondly, many people simply do not have the time or the money for commercial air travel. Especially in Tokyo, a city where many people are very hard working, a holiday is simply not an option. By taking a virtual reality flight you can get the experience without having to sacrifice more than a few hours of your day. Those with health issues are also drawn to VR flights, as they may be physically incapable of a regular flight.
Claiming flight compensation from a real life flight delay
While it might be impossible for a Virtual reality flight to be delayed, around 20% of all real life flights are delayed. Under EU regulations, delayed passengers can be entitled to as much as 600 euros in compensation! At flight-delayed, we specialise in protecting passengers rights under EU regulation. If you have been delayed in the last 6 years, you can check to see if you are entitled to compensation using our free flight checker! If you then decide to submit a claim with us to get your compensation, this is on a no-win-no-basis (so you can’t lose money). Free money is worth claiming right?