However, we are completely psyched about this. Totally. Utterly. More transportation options gets a gold star in our books, and we're anxious to see some new branding and service from an airline that already does it so well, but now on a more affordable level. Still there is the problem of putting a low-cost carrier up against Japan's famous bullet train system, the Shinkansen, which pretty much has the domestic travel market on lockdown. According to Stephen Frischling of Flying With Fish, the ticket prices for an LCC could be up to half the price of the Shinkansen: "Domestically ANA intends to launch its service with the high-traffic Kansai (KIX) – Tokyo/Narita (NRT) route, with fares starting around US$60 one-way, competing against the Central Japan Railway fares of US$168 one-way."
Oh. my. god. ANA's announcement of their LCC plans just began a huge battle, pitting fast train against fast plane. Who will win? What would you rather travel on? The Shinkansen for a $168 bullet train experience or $60 for a regular no-frills flight? Let us know in the comments!