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IDEAS: Korean Air’s New In-Flight Safety Video Stars Virtual Humans

2 months ago

Korean Air has released a new in-flight safety video starring virtual humans.

Credit: Korean Air

The new video, which takes place in the virtual ‘Korean Air Safety Lounge’ sees ‘Rina’ – a virtual human donning a Korean Air Flight Attendant uniform – giving the safety demonstration to a host of virtual passengers.

The video covers the usual safety topics that passengers will be accustomed to, including where to store your carry-on, the functionality of the seatbelts and the locations of the emergency exits, whilst utilizing the power of digital design to interweave animations and interesting creative elements.

According to a release from the carrier, the first of its kind video aims to ‘reach out to its diverse customer base of all ages and cultural backgrounds’ and ‘garner passengers’ attention and increase viewers’ engagement levels.’

The new safety video is now being played on all flights, and is available for you to take a look at below.


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Airlines

IDEAS: Air Canada Unveils Upgraded Airbus A321

4 months ago

Air Canada has unveiled the first of its upgraded Airbus A321’s, featuring a host of new features that have been implemented to improve ‘customer comfort’.

Air Canada Unveils Upgraded Airbus A321
Credit: Air Canada

The new aircraft, which has been redesigned from nose to tail, features a new cabin interior along with a range of new technologies, including a new in-flight entertainment system with bluetooth audio, free high-speed internet, larger overhead bins, upgraded seating, LED mood lighting and exterior cameras.

The new cabins will also see a reduced fuel consumption of more than 2.4 million litres per year when the work has been completed across the entire fleet, thanks to a weight reduction of approximately 240 kilograms. 

“We’re proud to welcome customers on board to experience the comfort, convenience, and connectivity of our latest cabins. These upgraded fleet interiors will align the A320s and A321s to the highly popular A220 experience, further strengthening our industry leading product offering,” said Mark Nasr, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, and President of Aeroplan.

“Additionally, new features such as our inflight entertainment system streaming exterior aircraft camera feeds, Bluetooth connectivity, and free, fast internet connectivity will be extremely popular with travelers. We will continue advancing our product leadership by trialing more new in-flight experiences with this A321 and expanding those learnings to additional aircraft in our fleet.”  

Retrofitting on Air Canada’s remaining Airbus A321s and A320s will begin this fall and is slated to be completed by the end of 2025.


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