Virgin Atlantic is collaborating with aviation IT provider, SITA, to introduce new training technology that enables its cabin crew to use augmented reality (AR) to familiarize themselves with new aircraft without setting foot on the plane. Using an iOS app, crew can use AR to ‘walk through’ and acquaint themselves with the layout of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The AR app simulates the full-size view of the interior cabin, giving crew a feel for the working environment, including accurate spatial awareness.
This is not Virgin Atlantic and SITA’s first collaboration, as in 2013, the two companies partnered to develop Google Glass and Sony Smartwatch technology, enabling concierge staff in the airline’s Upper Class Wing to deliver high-tech and personalized customer service.
Gustavo Pina, head of SITA Lab, said, “SITA Lab has identified augmented reality as one of the emerging technologies that will benefit the air transport industry in the years to come. Working with pioneering airlines such as Virgin Atlantic makes it possible for SITA Lab to really explore the potential of augmented reality and evaluate its business benefits. This project is a vital step in that journey of exploration.”