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Qantas to provide VR experiences for first-class in-flight entertainment

January 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Campbell Simpson / ISPR

If you're lucky enough to fly in first class, your pointy end long-haul flight is about to get even fancier. Qantas is going to be using the Samsung Gear VR, and the accompanying Galaxy Note 4, for in-flight entertainment for its first-class customers.

Starting out as a pilot program on Qantas' LA to Sydney and Melbourne to LA flights, where the Aussie carrier uses both Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s, the Samsung Gear VR will be offered to first-class passengers to enjoy Qantas-created 360-degree videos and other content. Around a dozen Gear VR headsets and Galaxy Note 4 handsets are being used for the initial partnership -- four on the outbound flight, four on the inbound flight, and two each for Qantas' Sydney and Melbourne first-class passenger lounges.

Only the A380 flights will be equipped with the headsets. The Gear VR will be used with a Qantas app on the Note 4, showing immersive videos created by Qantas to show off the airline and Australia -- including a 360-degree look at the Qantas first-class lounge in LAX, runway-side videos of A380s landing and taking off, and a virtual reality boat ride down a Northern Territory river in Kakadu co-shot with Tourism NT and video production company Jaunt.

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