Qantas is giving first-class flyers a Gear VR for entertainment

What a way to fly. Photo: Qantas

What a way to fly. Photo: Qantas

In-flight entertainment is about to get a whole lot better if you fly Qantas.

Those who fly first-class on selected flights will be equipped with Samsung’s Gear VR headset and a Galaxy Note 4 so they can kick back in a virtual reality while they’re 30,000 feet up in the air.

Qantas become one of the first airlines to use iPads for in-flight entertainment back in 2012, but three years on, tablets just aren’t cool enough for first-class anymore. Now the company is teaming up with Samsung to deliver the world’s first virtual reality experience in the sky.

“Qantas’ VR headsets will transport customers to an immersive virtual world at the click of a button and showcase the sights and delights of network destinations, new Qantas products and the latest inflight blockbuster movies,” Qantas says.

But there are some limitations. Gear VR headsets will only be available on Airbus A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles initially, and as you might expect, they will show only content provided to Qantas by a select group of partners.

But that’s probably a good thing. The last thing you want on a long-haul flight is a guy freaking out because he’s had a few too many whiskeys and he’s watching Snakes on a Place in virtual reality.

Qantas is also putting Gear VR headsets in the first-class lounge at LAX, which will show passengers virtual reality videos of A380 plans taking off and landing, a relaxing boat ride along a river, and tours of virtual first-class cabins.

You can expect to see Gear VR headsets on Qantas flights from mid-February. If you’re worried you’re missing out, you can pick up your own Gear VR for $200 — but remember you need a Galaxy Note 4 to go with it.