Garuda Indonesia rolls out inflight VR on Jakarta-Haneda route

Garuda Indonesia is offering premium immersive entertainment on international flights between Indonesia and Japan.

The airline, in partnership with virtual reality (VR) inflight entertainment provider SkyLights and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company GMF AeroAsia, has deployed a new easy-to-implement cabin announcement integration system for AlloSky VR.

With the new integration, the AlloSky cinematic VR headset is simply plugged into the seat, allowing automatic detection of cabin announcements to pause playback while in progress.

This meets a safety requirement of civil aviation authorities and means Garuda Indonesia can offer the AlloSky cinematic VR headset from SkyLights on flights between Jakarta, Indonesia, and Haneda, Japan.

Garuda Indonesia became the first Asia Pacific airline to offer AlloSky on flights in January when it introduced the service in business class on a selection of domestic routes.

Ari Askhara, chief executive officer of Garuda Indonesia, said: “We are always looking at new and innovative ways to engage with our passengers and virtual reality is the latest way we are using a rapidly evolving area of technology to further improve the inflight service experience.”

“Through this safety integration our Allosky cinematic VR entertainment becomes even more accessible to airlines seeking to upgrade and differentiate their premium customer experience.”

David Dicko, chief executive officer of SkyLights

David Dicko, chief executive officer of SkyLights, added: “Through this safety integration our Allosky cinematic VR entertainment becomes even more accessible to airlines seeking to upgrade and differentiate their premium customer experience.”

“Implementing VR onboard works on a case by case basis and we are delighted to now be able to offer greater choice and flexibility when deploying our solution. Having it developed, validated and deployed in such a short period of time is a true testament to GMF AeroAsia and Garuda’s ability to innovate.”

Image credits: SkyLights