Garuda Indonesia has partnered with US-based immersive inflight entertainment provider Skylights to create virtual reality (VR) entertainment for passengers travelling in business class
The move forms part of a broad-ranging project, named “The New Flight Experience”, which is geared towards updating and improving the airline’s range of in-flight amenities. The innovative VR headset – named Allosky – will provide passengers with cutting-edge 3D entertainment content during flights.
“Through this VR system, passengers will be able to watch various box-office movies on an immersive wide-angle, 180-360 degree screen,” said Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara in a recent statement. He also added that the new entertainment system is expected to enhance passengers’ convenience, especially during long-haul flights.
Garuda Indonesia’s latest inflight entertainment option is the first VR system in Asia Pacific to have been certified with an international flight safety approval.
“Based on the positive responses we’ve been getting from our customers, we will extend the trial period for our new VR system to several domestic and international flights; including Jakarta-Manado [North Sulawesi] from January to February, Jakarta-Denpasar [Bali] from February to March, and Jakarta-Singapore starting in March,” said Ari.
The airline also plans to install a VR entertainment system in the Garuda Indonesia Executive Lounge at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.
Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Headquartered at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, near Jakarta, it was given a 5-star rating airline by Skytrax in 2014 and has since won the prestigious “World’s Best Cabin Crew” award for five consecutive years. Indonesia’s flag carrier connects the country to more than 90 destinations worldwide, offering more than 600 daily international and domestic flights.