Qantas passengers will soon be able to watch in-flight entertainment through a virtual reality headset, the airline has announced.

The new service will let first-class passengers flying between Australia and the US experience in-flight entertainment via a Samsung Gear VR headset - the first time VR has been available in a commercial flight.

The headset is said to let users take a virtual tour of Qantas' Los Angeles First Lounge or "experience an A380 landing from the tarmac".

"From an inflight entertainment perspective, it's an industry first," said Qantas marketing exec Olivia Wirth. "Qantas is committed to being at the forefront of innovation to give our passengers the very best and latest in-flight experiences, like accessing the virtual worlds of their favourite Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of their seat 40,000 feet above the ground.

"It's also a fantastic tool to feature our network's destinations, inspiring travel and promoting tourism."

The airline is also working with production company Jaunt to help develop live-action content built for virtual reality.

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The headsets will be available from mid-February in the First Class Lounge in Sydney and Melbourne and from mid-March on select first-class flights between Australia and Los Angeles.

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Source: Qantas (via bbc.co.uk)

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