Qantas has launched a new virtual reality app – Qantas VR – giving passengers an interactive new way to discover and explore destinations before physically travelling there.
Available for iPhone, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive devices, the app showcases Australia’s distinctive landscape through a series of immersive videos, including never before seen aerial footage of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
The app offers two modes: split screen for those who have a compatible headset or Google Cardboard and 2D landscape for viewing directly on a smartphone. Users can also book Qantas flights to the featured destinations directly from the app.
The app is designed to work for all smartphone users with a a built in VR mode for switching between 2D “Magic Window” and a 3D mode for VR headsets.
A unique ‘Book Now’ button takes the passenger straight to the appropriate flight booking details page as the primary call to action.
Qantas first offered virtual reality to customers last year, trialling an industry-first virtual reality experience with Samsung Gear VR headsets in its First-Class cabin and Lounges.
The app launches with thirteen videos with additional content to progressively roll out over the following weeks.
Videos available on the Qantas VR App include:
- Kakadu National Park
- Field of Light – Uluru
- Helicopter Flight – Uluru
- Indigenous Dance – Uluru
- Hot Air Balloon – Alice Springs
- Ormiston Gorge
- Hamilton Island Escape
- Experience Sydney Harbour
- Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Experience Vivid Sydney
The app was created by the Australian virtual reality company, Start VR.
The app can be downloaded free from the App Store (opens in new window), Google Play (opens in new window), or compatible headset app stores.
For more information, visit Qantas.com/VR.
N.B. Image credit: StartVR