Select first-class travelers flying London Heathrow Airport to New York (JFK) with British Airways, through the end of 2019, will be able to test out the airline’s venture into in-flight virtual reality.
Passengers will be offered a VR headset to help block out the sights and sounds around them and take them to another dimension, a tactic that may help nervous fliers get through the trans-Atlantic flight with ease.
British Airways’ VR headsets come from technology company SkyLights, which creates VR products for mass transit. These particular VR devices, which will be tethered to the seat, are designed to be worn while sitting in an airplane seat. Passengers also can lie flat on their back for the experience.
This trial period of VR headsets makes British Airways one of the first airlines to test the in-flight technology, joining Alaska Airlines who also partnered with SkyLights and trialed the technology in 2018.
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
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United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Hertz put together an exciting offering for travelers in France. The new Voyage à la Française experience gives travelers a taste of luxury while exploring some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The experience includes five different routes, one for each sense. The first of the five is available now and focuses on smell, with special focus paid to France’s lavender fields and Côte d’Azur.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
With the opening of Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, the Hyatt Regency brand enters the Spanish market for the first time. The property offers nearly 170 guestrooms in a desirable location on Paseo de la Castellana, just a half-hour drive from the airport (MAD).
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