Qantas airlines to use Samsung Gear VR for in-flight entertainment in first class cabin



Australia’s Qantas airlines announced that it would be launching a new trial for its first-class passengers’ in-flight entertainment experience.  First-class passengers on select flights out of Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles on the massive Airbus A380 aircraft, as well as at the international lounges, will get treated to Samsung Gear VR headsets to immerse themselves in an interactive, photo-sphere-like experience.

The trial will operate for three months and Qantas will use customer feedback to gauge if using virtual reality technology like Gear VR is an added benefit to long-haul flights. Qantas is working with production company Jaunt to produce live-action content which will also include features like destination footage.

Samsung plans to capitalize on the opportunity, “We believe Samsung Gear VR…will open new worlds for Qantas customers who experience the technology for themselves,” according to Samsung Electronics Australia CMO Arno Lenior.

The Gear VR will be powered by the Galaxy Note 4 and will be available in the airport lounges beginning the middle of February, followed by flights to Los Angeles in the middle of March.

sources: Qantas via Gizmodo Australia

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8 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

"Experience the flight from the point of view of a bird that is about to crash into the windshield."

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its a great way to watch movie. No glare from the windows.

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

have you seen the a380 its fukin huge

4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Im flying to LA this sundy from Melbourne on the Qantas A380. Sadly it will be enconomy class.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Has anyone in phonearena tried it yet? I would like to hear from a first hand experience.

6. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Have the Note 4 and waiting for content and maybe a sale price. I thought there was a heat issue after 15 to 20 minutes at this point. Not a good thing for movie watching.

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Hope they sanitize these really well. Or else, it will get nasty, quick. Like all the 3D glasses and things at BestBuy or any other electronics stores. Have you ever noticed the "gunk/buildup" on them? Gross.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

hopefully theres not baseball games... someone would be swinging a bat and knock over their drink or hit someone around them. It'd also be entertaining to see someone use this on a plane.

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