Virtual reality a first class feature

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First class passengers travelling on British Airways flights between London and New York will be able to experience virtual reality (VR) in-flight entertainment.

The VR headset system will be on trial until the end of 2019, and is being described by the flag-carrier as a ‘revolution’ in in-flight entertainment.

The airline has partnered with California-based VR specialists SkyLights to bring the technology aboard their transatlantic flights. A selection of films, documentaries and travel programs will be available in 2D, 3D and 360 degree formats.

Nervous flyers are also encouraged to try the new technology, which also includes guided meditation and sound therapy specifically designed to reduce a fear of flying.

“We’re really excited to trial these new glasses as they should create a unique and memorable journey for our First customers,” Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight Product at British Airways said.

British Airways is the first UK airline to bring the technology on board.