Air France Begins VR Entertainment System Testing

Air France is aiming to surprise its customers with a new form of in-flight entertainment. In partnership with the startup SkyLights, the airline has begun testing of a virtual reality headset entertainment system for their Business Class clients.

Donning virtual reality headsets, travelers can view 3D and 2D films or television series in their own private movie theater, isolated from the rest of the cabin. The system has been tested on board several Paris-Charles de Gaulle to/from St. Martin flights. Customers traveling on the Airbus A340 operating this itinerary are invited to try out this new entertainment system. Four headsets are offered on board the flight with a selection of 40 films and series.

The partnership is an opportunity for SkyLights, who has been working with Air France as part of an Open Innovation approach to further develop and improve its concepts and solutions for virtual reality entertainment, leveraging Air France’s global reputation. Air France acknowledges the testing as a valuable learning experience in the desire to improve customer experience.

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Following this test period, Air France hopes this new entertainment system can be introduced into other flights’ in the coming months.

Air France-KLM’s airline services a network covering 328 destinations in 118 countries across its four brands: Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia and HOP! Air France. The company has 534 aircraft in its fleet; its Flying Blue frequent flyer program has over 27 million members.

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