Qantas Introduces Virtual Reality in First Class

Virtual Reality Takes Off on Qantas

The world of virtual reality is no longer on the horizon—it’s landed in a big way. Not only did the Sundance Film Festival just devote a whole section to the medium, but Qantas is introducing onboard virtual reality as part of a trial program. First Class flyers on Melbourne and Sydney A380 flights to Los Angeles will get to immerse themselves in a 360-degree world of blockbuster movies and experiential travel inspiration—like a 3D tour of Australia’s Kakadu National Park. If you haven’t tried it yourself, let me tell you: it is wild! I donned Oculus Rift headgear for the first time last week and felt like my brain was going to explode. The experience is so vivid and mentally convincing that you actually feel like you’re sitting in a movie theater, floating through outer space or even traveling the world. Here’s hoping they come out with a VR First Class cabin to give economy sardines the illusion of space.
Trial started mid-February 2015. Also available in Sydney and Melbourne First Class lounges. www.qantas.com.au.

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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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