Peach sells prepaid SIM cards onboard for Kansai arrivals

One out of three foreign passengers in Japan wants to use a prepaid SIM in the country

Japanese low cost airline Peach has started inflight sales of prepaid SIMs on flights arriving into the carrier’s base at Osaka’s Kansai airport.

Peach(MM) says it is “the first Japanese airline operating commercial international flights to make in-flight sales of prepaid SIM cards issued in Japan.”

In an effort to better meet the needs of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, the airline and So-net Corporation, a Japanese internet services company, have arranged to sell the cards on Peach’s international flights arriving at Kansai International Airport (KIX).

According to a Japanese Government survey, one out of three foreign passengers in Japan wants to use a prepaid SIM in Japan.

The SIM cards download data at up to 150 Mbps and upload at up to 50 Mbps. Buyers can choose from two plans with data storage of either 100 MB (usable for 30 days) or 500 MB (60 days), costing JPY 3,000 and 5,000, respectively, and can add more capacity for an additional charge.

The cards come in three sizes: regular SIM, micro SIM and nano SIM.

To get the SIM card, the user takes a receipt obtained on a flight to Applause, a store in Kansai Airport’s Terminal 2.

Full details of charges and how to use the SIM can be found at So-net.

Peach is now operating 10 domestic routes and 5 international routes.

The  international routes to Kansai are from Hong Kong (HKG), Kaohsiung(KHH), Taipei – Taoyan (TPE), Busan (PUS) and Seoul – Incheon (SEL).