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Virgin Atlantic introduces live TV for passengers on 787 Dreamliners

DreamlinersVirgin Atlantic has announced that passengers will be able to tune into live TV this summer aboard its fleet of 787 Dreamliners.

Passengers will be able to keep up-to-date with sport and news while flying a mile high in the sky; with initial access to three channels including Sport 24, CNN International and BBC World.

A number of impressive sports will be shown including the Rio 2016 Olympics, Champions League Football and Premier League, golf majors, Formula 1, NBA and the NFL.

Not long ago being on a flight meant passengers were in a ‘blackout zone’ when it came to accessing news, but with planes now introducing on-board Wi-Fi they are now able to offer entertainment services such as live TV.

Jill Brady, Executive Vice President of Customers at Virgin Atlantic, believes staying up-to-date on current affairs and sporting events is really important for customers and hopes that it will make the airline a more appealing travel option.

Virgin Atlantic has a strong background of innovating in-flight entertainment, as it was the first airline to introduce screens on the back of seats, killing off the idea of placing a projector screen at the front of the carrier.

The ability to introduce live TV has been made possible due to a partnership with Panasonic Avionics, who develop in-flight entertainment systems and aviation communications that are responsible for bringing the internet to flyers.

Live TV will be available to passengers for free on their screens situated on the back of seats and also on their mobile devices via the aircraft’s free Wi-FI.

It is hoped that by the end of the year all 13 of Virgin’s state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliners will be able to provide passengers with the live TV service.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 12 August 2016

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