Korea’s Jin Air to offer in-flight VR service

While many airlines are working on limited capacity and looking at ways to trim budgets, Korea’s Jin Air plans to introduce an in-flight virtual reality (VR) service.

The low-cost carrier is with KT and Hanjin Information Systems & Telecommunications (HIST) on the project, which aims to let passengers enjoy immersive media contents via the KT Super VR service.

The new VR service will be optimised for air safety, security and other special in-flight needs.

International flights first

When introduced on international flights before the end of this year, it will let passengers view the latest movies in ultra-high resolution, and travel, sports and other VR contents.

Work is underway to customise the Super VR platform to connect to aircraft computer servers. In-flight public announcements will be sent with VR images to passengers wearing headsets. The service will also be optimised for emergency control for convenience and safety.

Low-cost carriers will benefit most from such service as their planes do not come with personal video screens. The VR headsets will let them offer innovative passenger service with standalone VR headsets.