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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Fly to Paris, Rome, New York (or back in time) without ever leaving the ground

Fancy a trip abroad (or back in time) without ever leaving the ground? This Japanese “virtual airline” operator has you covered. First Airlines has since February been offering the world’s first virtual air travel experience, and has recently added “back in time” to its list of destinations, says the Financial Times. The experience includes mimics a regular flight — mock boarding passes and all — from a room designed to mimic an airplane cabin with first-class seats. The passengers, who pay up to USD 62 for their tickets, fasten their seatbelts, listen to safety instructions, and see their cabin “windows” light up with cloud and sky displays. Passengers also get a tour of their destination via VR headsets (watch, runtime: 1:13).

You said “back in time”? The company is making time travel possible by taking customers through a recreation of life in Ancient Egypt, through to the construction of Rome’s Colosseum, the 18th century French revolution, and the 1991 fall of the Berlin Wall. All of this is in the span of two-hour “excursions.”

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