Customers travelling with Virgin Atlantic this summer will now be able to tune in to live television onboard its Boeing 787’s, thanks to a partnership with Panasonic Avionics and IMG.
This new service will initially provide three channels; Sport 24 for all the live sporting action from around the world, and BBC World News and CNN International for breaking news around the clock.
Sport 24 will be showing action from the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, Premier League, NFL, UEFA Champions League, NBA, Tennis Grand Slams, Bundesliga, Formula 1, Golf Majors, MotoGP, and the Ryder Cup.
Jill Brady, Executive Vice President of Customer at Virgin Atlantic, said:
“We know staying up to date with current affairs and sporting events is really important to our customers and it’s fantastic we can now offer them the opportunity to view content live. We always put our customers at the heart of everything we do and this is just another example of us being able to expand on our promise of making travelling with us irresistible.”
Virgin Atlantic says its customers will be able to tune in to live TV via their seat-back screen or via their own devices using the onboard wifi, at no extra cost.
The service is being rolled out to the 787 Dreamliners now, and all 13 aircraft will be fully equipped by the end of the year.
In 1991 Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to introduce individual seat back screens in all classes, and by Summer 2017 will offer wifi connectivity across all its aircraft.