As travelers are still evading flights because of the current pandemic, even during the holiday season, Finnair, Finland’s national flag carrier, is offering 10 euro VR flights that families can take from their homes. According to a press release, Finnair is offering families a chance to fly with the airline virtually visit Santa Claus in Lapland.
From December 25, 2020 (from Christmas Day), the airline will offer 8 families the opportunity to visit Santa Clause in Rovaniemi’s hometown, virtually. Finnair, which is also the official airline of Santa Claus, is using VR to give these eight families a 360-degree immersive experience.
Zoan, the Finnish VR studio, has created the “Finnair visit Santa flights.” Zoan has used Unreal Engine’s real-time 3D graphics tool. Visitors can access the flights from their phones, laptops, or computers and can experience flying with Finnair with a VR headset.
During the flight from Helsinki to Lapland, guests can enjoy the aurora borealis and even have a drink served by the cabin crew. After landing in Rovaniemi, passengers can cross the Arctic Circle to visit Santa Claus in his home.
Each of the VR flights from Helsinki to Lapland is around half an hour and can be bought from the Finnair Shop for 10 euro. Also, lucky customers can have a feel-good factor knowing that all the gains will be donated to UNICEF’s work to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“Thanks to the magic of Virtual Reality, Finnair can ‘fly’ families to Rovaniemi in Lapland – despite the travel restrictions – to enjoy a winter wonderland and meet Santa. I hope this brings a big smile to those participating.” – Mikko Turtiainen, VP of Global Sales, Finnair.