Japan's Peach Aviation, Virgin Australia and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia have all made important announcements today:
Low-cost carrier Peach Aviation will introduce a Japanese-inspired cabin.
To achieve the look, all seats will be removed and replaced by tatami flooring – a type of mat used in traditional Japanese-style rooms. This means passengers will be required to kneel down during the flight. Those who suffer from stiff legs can pay to request cushions (¥500 each).
There are three rows of “seats”, which will be designed as a table over a hole in the floor, enabling passengers to wriggle under the table and place their feet in the hole. In the first two rows, the holes will be equipped with hot springs for a footbath.
Western-style lavatories will also be replaced and passengers will need to squat on the traditional Japanese-style seat.
Cabin crew will be dressed in traditional Japanese costumes; kimonos for the flight attendants, while pilots will dress up like Samurai.
The budget carrier will also provide free in-flight entertainment, including traditional Japanese performances of conch trumpet, taiko drum and sumo wrestling.
See video above or click flypeach.com for more.
Virgin Australia has launched a “Kids Class” – an adult-free cabin for junior travellers only.
After check-in, security check and immigration, young travellers can take the trunki (ride-on suitcase) service to the gate.
When boarding, junior travellers will receive storybooks instead of newspaper. Cushions have been installed to avoid vibrations from the person kicking the seat behind.
The safety card is chewable and the meals are served in plane shapes. There is also a “teddy menu” for those flying alone. When it is bedtime, cabin crew read a bedtime story, and bubbles fill up the cabin.
See video above or click virginaustralia.com
Jetstar Asia has announced it will adopt Singlish as its official language.
Cabin crew will receive six months of training to become fluent in Singlish for all flights departing Singapore.
“Ladies and gentlemen, a very good morning from the flight deck. We like to welcome you hor, on board to Jetstar Asia. We hope you enjoy your flight ha.”
James Prankash, head of Singlistics said: “We want everyone to feel at home with Jetstar, which is why we’re introducing the Singlistic inclusion programme.”
The official website will also offer Singlish as a language option.
See video above or click jetstar.com
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