Low-cost airlines are making progress in train-loving Japan
Fortune - 07/28/2015
“Some of the traditional things about traveling on the train have been lost for the current generation [of Japanese],” says Allan Bird, professor of global business at Northeastern University, and a business consultant in Japan for much of the 1970s and 1980s. As air travel gets more economical, everything from the pleasures of countryside sightseeing, to each train station’s array of lunch boxes (“ekiben”), gifts, and collectible stamps, may be left behind.
The low-cost carrier policies, such as upcharges for checked luggage, in-flight food, and ticket changes, would be familiar to customers of Western counterparts like RyanAir and Spirit.