Where’s the Inception music when you need it? Qantas has teamed up with Samsung to to sell motion sickness pills… I mean offer Samsung Gear VR sets to first class passengers. I already freak out flying, why not add the sensation of virtual reality to the mix?
Qantas VR is promising to “showcase the sights and delights of network destinations, new Qantas products, and the latest inflight blockbuster movies,” the airline said.
Bust out the airline miles, the first VR enabled flight takes off in mid-March. The First Class cabins on the airline’s A380 will offer the system. If you need a taste, the lounges in Sydney and Melbourne will offer the experience in mid-February.
Qantas executive Olivia Wirth explained the offering. “From an inflight entertainment perspective, it’s an industry first,” she said in a statement. “Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences, like accessing the virtual worlds of their favorite Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of their seat 40,000 feet above the ground.”
Me? Just give me a selection of Xanax or Ambien. Toss in some solid food and I’m good. Full stomach and a lay-flat bed.
Qantas is partnering with production company Jaunt for live-action content that will be featured as destination footage. A 3D experience of Australia’s Kakadu National Park will be first up.
If they can get compelling content, this should be a hit. For those that want to sleep the long-haul flight away, there’s always that option. For people who have mini panic attacks on planes – namely me – we are still out of luck. Luckily there’s a solid selection of alcohol.
Book your tickets on Qantas today. Or, grab a Samsung Note 4 and a Gear VR.