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Japanese airline offers plane tickets on vending machines

Oct 17, 2021, 2:26 AM
Heloise Diamante

Heloise Diamante

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Will you buy a round-trip flight to a random destination? This Japanese airline is offering just that using a vending machine!

CAPSULE vending machines or what they call ‘gachapon’ in Japan offer random items, usually toys or candies, but one airline company elevated the items that can be purchased by offering tickets for domestic flights to random destinations!

Peach Aviation is a Japanese local airline that largely operates domestic flights all over Japan. And now they’re proving that it’s not the destination but the journey that counts

This month, they unveiled two gacha capsule machines with round-trip airplane tickets inside each gachapon capsules!

One machine offers flights from-and-back Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and the other starts and ends the journey from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.

From Tokyo, the available destinations areSapporo Shin Chitose (CTS), Memanbetsu (MMB), and Kushiro (KUH) in Hokkaido, Kansai International (KIX) in Osaka, Fukuoka (FUK), Nagasaki (NGS), Miyazaki (KMI), Oita (OIT), and Kagoshima (KOG) on the southwest island of Kyushu, and Naha(OKA), New Ishigaki (ISG) and Amami (ASJ) in Okinawa.

While the ones from Osaka vary from Tohoku region’s Sendai (SDJ), Niigata (NHK) on the Sea of Japan coast, Narita International Airport (NRT), outside Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture, and the same destinations in Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Okinawa as the Haneda tickets, with the exclusion of Oita.

For a bargain of 5,000 yen (P2,000~) you get a random code to redeem through Peach’s mileage service to use whenever!

The capsule also includes a random pin badge and a mission from the airline which gives you an idea what to do, visit, or eat in the destination you’ve won.

An example of a mission is from Kushiro in Hokkaido where you’re tasked to assemble your own seafood rice bowl dish bought at the local Washo Market.

According to Shuntaro Kosasa, the director of the project, their goal was to sell at least one capsule a day but since first introducing the machine in August, they’ve sold over 3,000 capsules.

Like many other companies in the tourism industry, Peach Aviation reeled back during the Covid-19 pandemic and while the gachapon machine doesn’t necessarily bring big profits, the social media buzz is good for the airline.

Other than just receiving a round-trip flight for a bargain, people also get excited at the idea of a random destination after all the months being stuck inside their homes or their city.

The vending machine will be available until December but Peach Aviation has admitted that they are considering expanding to other locations or extending the promo.

Tags: #airline, #PeachAviation, #JapanTourism, #tourism, #gachapon


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