Inflight entertainment has evolved from monitors showing the same movie throughout the cabin, to modern-day inflight entertainment systems with a various selection of movies and TV shows. Other airlines have opted to offer inflight Wi-Fi and apps to stream content to your device. Not much has been done with offering Virtual Reality (VR) as an entertainment option, but it is currently being tested with South Korean low cost carrier Jin Air.
The South Korean low cost carrier and subsidiary of Korean Air has revealed it has tested out offering VR headsets for customers on flights between Seoul and Da Nang, Vietnam within the last month. Jin Air is using the trial period to get passenger feedback which would include finding the right rental prices for passengers.
“VR is one of the biggest emerging technologies these days. Our increasingly technology savvy passengers expect more than the standard entertainment on most airlines. Our collaboration with Inflight VR and their thoroughly developed solution will meet our passengers’ increasing demand for flight entertainment, and help Jin Air’s brand to stand out,” commented Lee, Jin Air’s Head of IT Strategy Team.
The devices provided are part of a collaboration with Inflight VR – a company offering VR technology for airlines. According to the company website, the headsets will allow passengers to view content, shop online, and even play video games. Jin Air is joined by Spain-based Iberia and German-based SunExpress who have partnered with Inflight VR to bring the devices aboard its flights.
Inflight VR’s chief commercial officer Raphael Baumann added: “We make Virtual Reality work. Take aside that some passengers cry for amazement using our solution. Our thorough approach addresses all technical, logistic, usability and rights management aspects to make this a seamless way for airlines to bring innovation to their passengers”.