Have you ever been doubtful about a new destination and wished you could take a look before actually boarding on the plane? Well, Qantas has brought you the solution by launching Qantas VR, a new virtual reality app.
The new app from the flag carrier airline of Australia will allow travellers to explore a destination virtually before travelling their physically. It features a series of immersive videos of Australia’s distinctive landscape including the unseen footage of Kata Tjuta and Uluru.
The Qantas VR app is currently available for Android, iPhone, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and HTC Vive devices. You can watch the videos in two modes – directly on a smartphone with Google Cardboard and 2D landscape or split screen with a compatible headset. You can also use the app to book Qantas flights to the featured destinations.
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The airline initiated their virtual experience program last year when it introduced Samsung Gear VR headsets in its Lounges and First-Class cabin as a trial basis. Olivia Wirth, the Executive of Brand, Marketing, Corporate Affairs of Qantas Group, said that the success of the trial VR headsets encouraged them to launch the new app.
Ms Wirth said that the new app would help travellers experiencing something new while planning their trip to any featured Australian destination. Now, travellers can take a virtual tour of a destination, and if they like it, use the app to book a flight to experience the place in person.
According to Ms Wirth, they wanted to feature those parts of Australia that are not very familiar among travellers. Currently, the app showcases videos of Ormiston Gorge, Indigenous Dance in Uluru, Kakdu National Park, Hot Air Balloon in Alice Springs, Hamilton Island Escape, the Sydney Harbour, and more.
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Start VR, an Australian virtual reality company, created the Qantas VR app. Kain Tietzel, the company’s Creative director and CEO, said that the app represents Australia to international travellers in a more interactive and engaging way. According to him, tourists now can explore Australia in a new way and enjoy the country’s culture, heritage, and local stories even before landing into the country.