Qantas and Samsung Introduce ‘Virtual Reality’ In-Flight Goggles

By Paul Joseph

Australian airline Qantas is striving to take in-flight entertainment to the next level by offering its First Class passengers Virtual Reality goggles.

Designed by technology giants Samsung, the Gear VR headsets are to be fitted into a select number of Qantas’ A380 aircrafts, as well as the airline’s First Class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports.

“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,” said Qantas executive Olivia Wirth.

Qantas have partnered with Australian travel organisation Tourism NT to create the Virtual Reality content, which includes a special 3D experience from Kakadu National Park in northern Australia.

The airline is also working with production company Jaunt to develop and produce live-action content including destination footage.

The Samsung Gear VR headsets will be featured in the First Class Lounge in Sydney and Melbourne from mid-February and on some A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles in the First Class cabin from mid-March.

By Paul Joseph