ANA Holdings has partnered with JP Games, a leading game studio to launch ANA Neo, an interactive virtual platform that will let the audience enjoy travel and online shopping.

A key aspect of this platform is Sky Whale where users will be able to travel and access interactive activities and other environments within ANA Neo. The service is expected to roll out in 2022.

ANA describes Sky Whale as a “digital vessel that transcends time and space and provides transportation within the world ANA Neo offers”.

As a part of this platform, items in the digital world can be acquired. In addition, users can make real-world purchases while being logged in to Sky Whale with their smartphones.

Users will be also able to utilise their ANA miles within the world of Sky Whale as well as experience services with the avatar robot developed by avatarin Inc.

Another interesting aspect is Sky Park, which creates an immersive environment, using advanced 3D graphics. Users can explore Sky Park on their own or with a group of friends and family. As an added value, it is also possible for users to book a real travel plan that matches the virtual experience.

The “Sky Mall” feature is a virtual shopping space inspired by airport shopping and entertainment areas. It also will promote regional culture and local products by making real-world artisanal crafts and items available worldwide. There is also the “Sky Village” area, where Sky Whale will provide access to medical care, education, and government services in a virtual environment.

Sky Whale will introduce JP Games’ Pegasus World Kit2 cyberspace service engine which features blockchain technology. Pegasus World Kit will prove instrumental in helping Sky Whale make strides towards Society 5.0 by integrating reality and cyberspace.

Mitsuo Tomita, president and CEO of ANA Neo said:

“ANA Neo will open up the joy of travel to a much broader audience and provide users with an unrivalled experience.”

“Complete with realistic recreations of famous tourist sites and unprecedented shopping options, ANA NEO will help people explore the world from the comfort and convenience of a connected smart device. As the first global airline to launch this type of platform, we are excited to open up new possibilities and new experiences for people.”

Hajime Tabata, chief producer of ANA Neo and chief executive officer of JP Games adds, “Much like travel, virtual platforms are an excellent way to connect with people and experience new things.

“ANA Neo is a bold new reimagining of a virtual platform, leveraging the latest breakthroughs to create an immersive digital world that captures the wonder of travel and lets families and friends tour them together.”,