Qatar Airways has officially entered the metaverse by launching QVerse, a novel virtual reality (VR) experience for visitors to the airline’s website.
Users of the www.qatarairways.com/QVerse website can now virtually tour and navigate the Premium Check-in area at Hamad International Airport, the cabin interiors of the airline’s aircraft, including the business class Qsuite, and the economy class cabin, by using their own Personal Electronic Devices.
Qatar is also the first global airline to introduce a MetaHuman cabin crew, offering a digital interactive customer experience.
A digitally created high-fidelity 3D human model named ‘Sama’ – whose name is of Arabic origin and translates to ‘sky’ – offers an interactive customer experience through engagement with the user, taking them on a virtual journey of discovery, while presenting the unique features in both the business- and economy-class cabins through a narrated script.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “With physical boundaries beginning to be challenged by the metaverse on an increasingly larger scale, it is exciting to embrace a technology that enables all travel enthusiasts to enjoy a unique immersive experience of our award-winning products and services.
“Our status as the first airline to introduce a MetaHuman cabin crew is testament to our unwavering desire to innovate and delight our customers. We are constantly looking forward to adopting and introducing novel technologies that enhance our passengers’ complete journey.”
The experience was developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, the world’s most advanced real-time 3D creation tool, and MetaHuman Creator, a cloud-based app for creating high-fidelity digital humans.