British Airways will trial VR entertainment on certain first class flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK. From now until the end of the year, customers on these flights will have their own private 3D cinema. They can watch a variety of films, documentaries and travel shows in 2D, 3D or 360° formats. How is that for in-flight entertainment.
The headsets come from VR company SkyLights and are fully immersive no matter how the wearer is sitting. They will even work if you’re lying fully flat. Because let us not forget that this is another first-class luxury. But it is not just movies and shows. The line-up also includes a range of expertly-selected therapeutic VR experiences, like guided meditation, and sound therapy, many of them specifically designed for those with a fear of flying.
British Airways is not the first airline to adopt VR entertainment. Quantas trialled it back in 2015 and Alaska Airlines did it last year, but this is the first UK airline to do it, and it’s a massive name in the air travel biz, so we can only assume that in-flight VR could soon become an onboard norm for travellers in the sky. It should be fun.