August 14 2019  |  Inflight Entertainment

British Airways testing Skylights VR headset

By Rick Lundstrom

British Airways announced today it has begun trials with the AlloSky VR headset from Skylights.

From now until the end of 2019, passengers on flights in BA’s First cabin from London Heathrow to New York JFK will be able to enjoy a selection films, documentaries and travel programs in 2D, 3D or 360° formats.

British Airways is the first UK airline to trial the technology and has worked with experts to select a range of therapeutic content, including guided meditation and sound therapy, specifically designed for customers who have a fear of flying.

“We are always looking at the latest technology to enhance our customers’ experience on the ground and in the air,” said Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight Product at British Airways. “Virtual reality has the power to revolutionize in-flight entertainment and we’re really excited to trial these new glasses as they should create a unique and memorable journey for our First customers.”

The AlloSky virtual reality headsets are designed by SkyLights, a former alumni of British Airways’ parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up accelerator program.

Earlier this year, British Airways trialled the technology at Heathrow Terminal 5, giving customers a glimpse of the Club World cabin through virtual reality.

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