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Samsung Gear VR headsets will let passengers see films about new Qantas products as well as blockbuster films

Samsung Gear VR headsets will let passengers see films about new Qantas products as well as blockbuster films

Samsung Gear VR headsets will let passengers see films about new Qantas products as well as blockbuster films

Passengers on Qantas will be given Samsung Gear virtual reality headsets to keep them entertained during flights.

The headsets will be available in the first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports as well as the first class cabins on some of Qantas’s A380 services.

Passengers will be able to watch 360-degree videos that highlight destinations that Qantas flies to, new products from the airline and blockbuster films.

The company will run a three month trial to see how customers take to the virtual reality offering.

Qantas is working with Jaunt — a company that makes video experiences in 360-degrees, and filmed a Paul McCartney concert using the technology earlier this year — to create films for the headsets, including those that will show off Qantas destinations.

Qantas has signed its first partnership with Australia’s North Territory’s tourism office, which will see the company create a 360-degree film about the Kakadu National Park.

The headsets will arrive in the airport lounges from mid-February, and on flights between Los Angeles and Australia from mid-March.

Belfast Telegraph