Australia’s national airline, Qantas, announced Thursday it will start using Samsung’s virtual reality device, Gear VR, on some of its flights. The technology will be on offer in the lounges from mid-February and on flights from mid-March if you can afford the first-class price tag. Qantas spokesperson Olivia Wirth says the technology will be used to give the user an immersive, exciting experience.
The VR devices will be available for passengers flying with Qantas in first class on selected A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles along with being available in the international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. The technology will be on offer in the lounges from mid-February and on flights from mid-March — if you can afford the first-class price tag.
Qantas spokesperson Olivia Wirth says the technology will be used to give the user an immersive, exciting experience. This includes a tour of a future travel destination from the lounge while swilling the free champagne, and while 40,000 feet above the ground, it can be used to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in 3D.
Tourism Northern Territory has jumped on board for the ride, signing up to be the first tourism group to feature on the device — with a 3D boat journey in Kakadu National Park, the location of iconic Australian landmark Ayers Rock.
The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Adam Giles, said it is a great way to “demonstrate the impact this VR technology can have,” when used to showcase destinations.
Samsung’s Gear VR, which works with the Note 4 and is worth A$248 in Australia, was set to be released locally in November but got delayed until early 2015. Read more…