British Airways will test virtual reality headsets on some Heathrow (LHR)–New York (JFK) flights through the end of the year. In the trial, first-class passengers will receive the headsets for viewing “a selection of award-winning films, documentaries and travel programs in 2D, 3D or 360-degree formats.”
The headsets are made by San Francisco-based VR eyewear specialists Skylights, which previously worked with Air France and Alaska Airlines.
The trial engaged experts to choose “a range of therapeutic programs, including guided meditation and sound therapy, specifically designed for customers who have a fear of flying.” The headsets work whether the passenger is sitting up or lying fully flat.
British Airways used virtual reality in other initiatives, too. The airline launched a VR program at Heathrow to encourage more customers to upgrade to Club World. Potential customers could try out the experience by “touring” the airline’s Club World cabins via VR glasses, available at Terminal 5 check-in desks. They received a 360-degree view of the cabin, bedding and dining.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
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