The airline that invites you to fly without clothes
Not sure what to pack from your wardrobe for your upcoming vacation? If you happen to fly Japan Airlines, the answer might be, nothing.
The Japanese airline has launched a one-year trial of a service that allows travelers to book a range of clothes with their flight - covering different styles and seasons. They can take these clothes with them when they get off the plane, keep them, wear them throughout the trip. At the end of the stay, they should be returned to put the clothes back into the system. So for someone else to take them. The company also takes care of their washing.
Called Any Wear, the service runs until the end of August 2024 and Japan Airlines says it can reduce carbon emissions by reducing the weight carried by planes.
About 22 pounds (10 kilograms) saved in luggage equals about 16.5 pounds (7.5 kilograms) saved in emissions - the equivalent of using a hair dryer 10 minutes a day for 78 days.
'I like to travel and I've been to many foreign countries, but I've always been afraid of traveling with luggage or doing laundry abroad,' says Miho Moriya, who came up with this idea and created the practice of Any Year in this airline.
"When I travel, the three most important things for me are accommodation, food and clothing," she adds. "When we travel abroad, there are hotels and restaurants that offer accommodation and food, but not clothing. Why do we have to bring clothes from home?'
Users of the service access the website and choose from several options - women's or men's clothing; for which season and the dates for pickup and return. Their choices will be waiting for them at the hotel, for prices they range from $34 to $48 for the entire rental period.
Moriya shares this ambition and hopes to expand the partnership with Japan Airlines to other members of the Oneworld Alliance, which includes American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas - and then to other alliances. "Our ultimate goal is to expand the service worldwide," she says.