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Samsung and Qantas Airways have teamed up to give First Class passengers something to brag about by offering fully immersive virtual reality technology to its lounges and first class cabins on A380s.

Qantas Airways is currently completing a three-month trial in some A380 cabins and at two International First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. Passengers can enjoy a three-dimensional, 360° interactive viewing experience with Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Take a virtual tour of Los Angeles or experience the A380 landing on the tarmac… it’s all possible with this new technology. Qantas is all over the idea in terms of branding and marketing. Olivia Wirth from the airline comments,

“From an in-flight entertainment perspective, it’s an industry first. Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences, like accessing the virtual worlds of their favourite Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of their seat 40,000 feet above the ground. It’s also a fantastic tool to feature our network’s destinations, inspiring travel and promoting tourism.”

The airline is currently working to create destination-oriented live-action footage, with Kakadu National Park being their first destination.

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