This is Martin Wray, viola player of the Dulcinea Quartet.
At the end of a tour of Japan, he was flying with quartet’s 1st violinist from Sapporo to Tokyo Narita on Peach Air, a Japanese budget line.
The violinist was allowed to travel but the viola case was denied. Both conformed to dimensions stated on the ailine’s website. However, says Martin, ‘the attendant measured the case from depth right across the width of the case in one measurement. I do speak some Japanese but I was not able to explain that that was not how I had measured it. There was no arguing so I just had to battle to be able to hold the viola and not leave it in the overhead compartments.’
Musicians everywhere, beware of Peach Air.