Do not expect to see this in economy class, as this entertainment is only available for the premium segment.
Airlines have been testing virtual reality entertainment (VR) for several years on board long-haul flights. And such as Spanish Iberia, use the Inflight VR platform in conjunction with the Pico Goblin 2 headsets for a mixed entertainment offering. This week, British Airways (BA) announced a beta version of AlloSky’s SkyLights VR system testing, which offers airline customers to visit a 3D movie theater in virtual reality.
The AlloSky headset is slightly different from standalone VR devices such as Oculus Go in that it offers only 3DoF movies, not any other video games or applications. The helmet has a lightweight design (250 g), 1080p resolution per eye, dioptric correction and built-in Bluetooth / WiFi.
As the first British airline to offer this option, BA will provide a new service to first-class customers flying select BA117 flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK from today until the end of 2019. They will be able to watch a series of award-winning films, documentaries and travel programs in 2D, 3D or 360 ° formats. These include films such as Aquaman, Crazy Rich Asians, ASTEROIDS! and many others.
“We always keep abreast of the latest technology to improve our customers’ experience on the ground and in the air,” said Sajida Ismail, product manager for flights at British Airways.
“Virtual reality has the ability to revolutionize in-flight entertainment, and we are excited to try these new virtual reality glasses as they need to create a unique and memorable journey for our customers.”
SkyLights is a former graduate of the accelerator program from the parent company British Airways IAG.
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