August 10, 2016
If you’re travelling onboard one of our 787’s this summer you will now be able to tune in to live television onboard, thanks to a partnership with Panasonic Avionics and IMG.
This new service will be available to anyone travelling on our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners and initially three channels will be available – 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, our Executive Vice President of Customer 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 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.
Our 787 Dreamliners are being fitted with the service now, in time for a big summer of sport, and all 13 aircraft will offer the service 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.