Australia-based Qantas Airlines will soon be introducing the next-generation of in-flight entertainment. The Airlines has tied up with Samsung to offer passengers with Gear VR headsets for a virtual reality experience. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 India launch set for June 21, price could range between Rs 15,000 - Rs 20,000
Before you get all excited and start booking tickets to Australia, there is a catch. The Gear VR in-flight entertainment is a pilot project and is only limited to the Airline’s LA-Sydney and Melbourne-LA flights. What’s more, only first-class passengers will be able to enjoy this virtual reality. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
Initially, passengers will be able to enjoy a 360 degree virtual reality tour of Qantas’s first-class passenger lounges at Sydney and Melbourne. Other VR content include a virtual boat ride, runway-side videos of the flight landing and taking off, and selected movies as well. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
As mentioned above, this being a pilot project, the number of Gear VR headsets is limited as well. There will only be four headsets available on the outbound flight, four on the inbound flight, and two each for Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne first-class passenger lounges.
While it could be a glimpse into the future of in-flight entertainment, for now it is limited to the elites, who can afford tickets on these flights that normally cost around $20,000 (Rs 1.2 lakh approximately). In the meantime, it is much cheaper (and smarter) to buy the Gear VR headset ($200), and a Galaxy Note 4 (Rs 54,000).