October 16, 2021
In an attempt to increase the number of flights and combat depression in pandemic times, the Japanese airline Peach Aviation on Wednesday launched a vending machine that offers tickets with random destinations to its customers. report The Japan Times.
Want to go on a trip but don’t know where to go? Let a gachapon capsule decide your destination. https://t.co/YRayBkmVMY
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) October 14, 2021
One of the devices is installed in a shopping mall in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The tickets are inside gashapones, the capsules that are usually used to dispense toys in these types of devices. Each sphere it costs 5,000 yen (almost $ 44) and contains a ticket with a travel destination, along with a promotional code that provides, in most cases and at least a discount of 1,000 yen (almost $ 9) to buy the indicated air ticket .
“Depending on the distance, could be a hit or miss, but it’s quite exciting to let [la máquina] Decide on the location and travel there. I think it’s a very interesting idea, “the newspaper quotes Atushi Osawa, who acquired a gashapon.
The apparatus placed in Tokyo is not the first. The company experiment started in mid-August in the city of Osaka (headquarters of Peach Aviation), where the machine offers flights to 13 cities, while the device of the Japanese capital offers 11 routes.
In the beginning, few in the company they bet on success of the project, given the lack of choice of destination by customers. Despite low expectations, the initiative gained popularity, reaching more than 3,000 capsules sold throughout the last two months.
Meanwhile, those who want to try their luck with the machine in Tokyo, will be able to do so until the end of December. On the other hand, the airline is considering the possibility of place more devices in other places.