Date Posted: 06/06/2018
Qantas passengers watched over 22 million hours of in-flight entertainment last year, it’s only fitting that Qantas expands its in-flight entertainment offerings to keep up with the demand, and to also best utilise the new on-board wifi, on selected Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The airline has introduced a new in-flight meditation series, being the airlines first meditation series that’s been specifically developed to help customers unwind while travelling in the air, while giving a sense of calmness. Each meditation video runs for ten minutes, providing a fully guided walk through. Combined with the meditation routine the video also shows off the beautiful landscape and scenery that surrounds us in Australia.
There are five scene presets that can be chosen, coastal, country, forest, desert and twilight. Passengers can sit back and relax in their comfy seat at 40,000ft, with their headphones in and have the soothing voice talk you through the meditation routine or you can watch and follow along and enjoy the scenery, offering some breathtaking views of Australia like you have never seen before.
Qantas Chief Customer Officer, Vanessa Hudson said that the expanded in-flight entertainment offering opened up opportunities for customers to enjoy their ‘me time’ during the flight.
“Customers tell us they value being able to take time for themselves in-flight to watch a movie or read a book, and now we can help them find a little extra relaxation with guided meditation” said Ms. Hudson.
Qantas has signed an agreement with Apple Music and Audible, as well as extending its existing content agreement with Stan, to give free access to more television programs, movies, songs and digital audio books, both on the ground and in the air
“Between the special offers from our content providers, programs on seat back screens and wifi rolling out on our domestic fleet, there will be no shortage of an entertainment on board”.
Prior to these newest additions, Qantas provided upwards of 2,000 hours of in-flight entertainment, meaning you could fly non-stop on the Perth to London flight over 115 times and still not have to watch a repeat of anything…. besides the safety video, which I would assume you would know off by heart by the end of it.
Every month new content is added, including premiere movies such as “Early Man”, “Game Night”and “Gurrumul” which are the new additions in June. Besides moves there are new television box sets, comedy sets, documentaries, music, games and most importantly to those parents out there travelling with young ones, there is a kid’s television channel to keep them occupied during the flight.
Throughout the Qantas fleet there are 25,000 seat back in-flight entertainment screens in their fleet, with 6,000 more passengers choosing to stream entertainment daily, via the Qantas Entertainment App on their own personal mobile device.
The best part with the new content below is that you don’t even have to be sitting on board an aircraft to have access to this content, prior to your departing flight you can download content via the Qantas App or choose to stream it on board during the flight.
The new offers to Qantas passengers are listed below:
- Apple Music
Up to 4 months free subscription to Apple Music, giving Qantas customers access to 45 million songs as well as access to the exclusive Apple Music Beats Radio Station, popular music shows include features by Pharrell Williams and Elton John.
One free audiobook per month, for the first three month, from the full Audible library of downloadable audiobooks for those new customers. Popular titles include “The Barefoot Investor” and “Kick Ass”.
Currently already offered via the on board wifi enabled aircraft. Stan will now provide unlimited access to television shows and movies to those new subscriber to Stan. Popular on demand titles are “UnReal”, “Billions” and “Imposters”.
With those readers that aren’t familiar with Apple Music, Audible and Stan they are all subscription based services. You simply pay a set fee at the start of each month and you have access to all the content. Thankfully Qantas’ own customers get a complimentary 3 month subscription to Stan, but please be aware of the fine print to each one of these offers.
The Audible offer is available from the 1 June 2018, until the end of the year. The offer given to Qantas customers is in the form of a membership credit, which allows you to get one title per month free of charge over the first three months, following on from you three month trial you will be charged $16.45 each month thereafter. The offer is only valid in Australia and New Zealand.
The Apple Music offer allows new Apple Music subscribers to receive four months complementary to the individual plan. Those existing subscribers will receive only one month complimentary. Please be aware that this offer is not available for student subscriptions and for those with a Telstra Apple Music subscription. The offer is only valid in Australia and requires and active iTunes account.
“Our customers watched 22 million hours of in-flight entertainment last year, so we know a lot of people enjoy being able to catch up on their favourite television series or watch movies that they didn’t get to see at the cinema” Ms. Hudson added.
This new in-flight entertainment is in addition to the roll out of its wifi across its domestic fleet of Boeing 737’s and Airbus A380’s. Under the partnership with global broadband network provider ViaSat that used the NBN network. Offering those connected to speeds reaching up to ten times faster than the current on board wifi, allowing customers to seamlessly stream movies, televisions, music, sports and news without the buffering.
The Qantas meditation series is available now to view on YouTube, the immersive Virtual Reality (VR) version can be downloaded before travelling via the Qantas VR App. The new partner offers will be progressively introduced and made available throughout June 2018.