Qantas Airlines: The Future Of In-Flight Entertainment
By Arali McGrath
Qantas Airlines have partnered up with Samsung to provide revolutionary virtual reality headsets for their in-flight entertainment. The headset uses Samsung virtual reality (VR) technology to give customers a spectacular three dimensional experience in a 360 degree style interactive format.
From mid-February, the headsets are expected to be in the Sydney and Melbourne airport lounges and trialed on flights to the USA in March. For a three month trial the company are to offer the interactive viewing experience to their first class customers, with the proposal of also rolling out the feature to Qantas Business-class customers if the trial proves popular.
Expecting a very positive response from the trials, Qantas commented; “From an in-flight entertainment perspective, it’s an industry first. Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences, like accessing the virtual worlds of their favourite Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of their seat 40,000 feet above the ground. It’s also a fantastic tool to feature our network’s destinations, inspiring travel and promoting tourism.”
Qantas is also working closely with production company Jaunt to develop and produce the live-action content including destination footage. “Whether the user wants a virtual tour of our new Los Angeles First Lounge or experience an A380 landing from the tarmac, this technology gives us a completely new way to connect with our customers,” says Qantas Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth.
16 hour flights possibly now made more bearable or actually even enjoyable!
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