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Soar as you learn? New in-flight courses on offer

Feel like you’re wasting time in the sky by watching bad in-flight movies? Virgin Australia is giving its passengers the opportunity to use their time more wisely by offering in-flight education courses.

Virgin Australia is giving passengers the option of learning in the sky.
Virgin Australia is giving passengers the option of learning in the sky. Image by Virgin Australia Twitter

Virgin has teamed up with Open2Study, which is Open Universities Australia’s online platform, which will be used to provide short courses that are catered to travellers.

It’s an Australian-first, according to the company, and the courses will be available on the wireless entertainment system.

The courses will feature a variety of topics, including photography and financial planning. Each course has four one-hour classes, which means travellers can try them out on short or longer flights. A new course will be added each month to keep voracious learners informed and entertained.

Virgin had already launched a similar initiative in America. The airline offers lectures from digital learning company The Great Courses, covering topics like Ancient Egypt, espionage, cooking and talks from famous lecturers like Neil deGrasse Tyson.

JetBlue also has a feature of streaming previously recorded lectures from prestigious schools like Brown University and the Berklee School of Music.