ANA offers weddings on plane wrecked by pandemic
All Nippon Airways Co. has offered couples the option of getting married in ceremonies aboard a plane it has been forced to fail as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit international travel.
The service, launched at the end of May, will be available until June 13 aboard the Boeing B-777 at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The company said a total of seven couples will hold wedding ceremonies on board and that it has finished accepting reservations.
During the onboard ceremony, the airline features live music, an in-flight announcement by the cabin crew to congratulate the newlyweds and celebrate their wedding, and special lighting to project an image of the galaxy from the ceiling. from the cabin, ANA said.
ANA offers the on-board wedding for around 1.56 million yen ($ 14,200) and a combination of the ceremony and a party with food in the terminal building for 3 million yen.
The airline said it had the unique idea of interesting couples who, although May and June are among the busiest months for weddings, refrain from holding ceremonies to avoid the rush to the the middle of the pandemic. Weddings have also been hit by the ban on serving alcohol at party venues in areas under the current virus state of emergency.
On May 23, the first on-board wedding was held on the business-class deck of the ANA aircraft for Toru and Mami Murakami, a couple from Tokyo, with a pilot and flight attendants as well as other guests celebrating their wedding. Up to 30 people can participate on board.
Before the airline revealed the new on-board wedding plan, the couple had originally planned to only take photos of themselves as a sign of marriage.
“We immediately decided (to accept the offer) for our love of airplanes and had a dream time,” Toru said.
“At one point, I thought we couldn’t have a wedding ceremony in the midst of the pandemic, but I’m happy with my marriage,” Mami added.
ANA said it would consider offering onboard weddings again based on the resumption in demand for international flights.
At the same time, in another effort to cushion the damage caused by the pandemic to its operations and increase the utilization of its fleet, ANA also offered domestic tourist flights using its Airbus double-decker passenger plane. A380, which previously flew between Japan and Hawaii.
The flights, with meals served, lasted about three and a half hours.
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