Air France is experimenting with Virtual Reality glasses for in-flight entertainment

Long haul flights mean back moans and the agony of sleeping up right, with ‘enjoyment’ being a distant dream! One good offering on these flights though is the endless movie spree that we can indulge in, without an iota of guilt in their minds! And here to spice up this entertainment avenue for its guests is Air France that recently teamed up with SkyLights- a startup that manufactures virtual reality headsets and systems like a pro!

The exclusive service will provide guests with virtual reality headphones for an out- of -the world experience and will be made available to business class flyers only. Travelers can choose to view films, television series and soothing music videos from a selection of 40 visual treats, with the help of 2D cum 3D headsets. The service further aims at providing a private theatre like experience to its guests, that is isolated from the rest of the cabin and its irritants (read snoring co-passengers and wailing babies!). The VR headsets also act as apt noise cancellation devices, thus ensuring a sweet slumber to guests onboard!

Currently, the service is in its pilot phase with only 4 of these headsets being tested on the Airbus A340 operating between Paris-Charles de Gaulle to/from St. Martin. However, Air France soon plans to roll out the service to its remaining fleet of flights. While VR headsets sure sound like a promising experience, we wonder when economy flyers would get perks like these!


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