The airline will be equipped with SkyLights ‘ Allosky Cinematic VR viewers on board its Seattle-Boston and Boston-San Diego routes.
Some Alaska Airlines first class passengers flying on the Seattle-Boston and Boston-San Diego routes may encounter the Allosky Cinematic VR virtual reality viewer instead of the aircraft’s usual entertainment system.
The ALLOSKY device, equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon, has a Full HD resolution per eye and offers movies from its partners 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and EIM. Some of the movies on his flight list are “Three ads on the Outskirts”, “Ready Player One”and ” Ferdinand”. Passengers will also be able to choose from virtual reality shorts specially chosen for in-flight viewing. According to their website, viewers can also play user content and stream shows and movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Hulu.
Alaska Airlines, which bought Virgin America in 2017, is not the first airline to offer virtual reality entertainment. Qantas equipped some flights with Gear VR in 2015, while European airlines Air France, Joon, Corsair and Jetfly are also testing Allosky. The company says, however, that it is the “first airline in North America to test VR viewers as an in-flight entertainment device.”