Japanese airline to start testing out its own version of the $300-a-day ‘poor traveler’
Japanese airline Air Bamboo is rolling out its first pilot program to test its own poor traveler bags for low-cost carriers, an idea that has been proposed for years by airlines in Asia and abroad.
The company, which says it has flown over 30,000 people from its base in China to Japan, said Monday it is testing out the new bags at three locations, and expects to announce a full pilot program this summer.
The idea is to use low-budget airlines, with low fares, to test a number of potential uses, including low-income travelers who would not be able to fly on the high-cost carrier’s route.
The new bags, which cost $300 for the first-time use, have a capacity of 20 square feet, and have a small opening to fit more people, Air Bamboan said.
It said the bags can be folded up to make them small enough for the carry-on, and the price per person is not set yet.
The poor traveler is a popular choice for low income travelers because they are cheaper than the typical airline fare.
They are also cheaper to charter than other carriers, and also do not need to carry their own luggage, Air India said.
They also tend to fly more frequently than other passengers, according to Air Bamba.
Air Bamboo, based in Nagasaki, Japan, launched in the country in February as an airline pilot in the wake of Japan’s economic downturn, and has since added more pilots to its team of six.
It has over 2,000 pilots worldwide.