Philippine Airlines (PAL) is to start using virtual reality (VR) technology for all its cabin crew training, beginning with the latest batch of trainees.
"Using a VR program developed by PAL in collaboration with the startup company Veer Immersive Technologies, Inc., the innovative training modules include aircraft familiarization and cabin door operations for Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft," the flag carrier said in a statement.
PAL said the VR technology will simulate "realistic and vivid conditions" that are experienced when flying an aircraft, but in a "safe and virtual environment".
The flag carrier is the first local airline to enhance its training program with the VR technology. The modified training course was formed with the help of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to ensure that it follows industry standards.
While modified cabin crew training for the Airbus A320 and A321 are the only ones available now, PAL said modules for the Bombardier Q400 Next Generation turboprop are also in the pipeline.