September 1 2023  |  Inflight Entertainment

Air New Zealand introduces live sport onboard

By Alex Preston

Passengers can enjoying watching the progress of the All Blacks in the upcoming Rugby World Cup while flying with Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has inked a deal with Sport 24, the Panasonic Avionics-owned channel, to bring live sport to its widebody fleet.

Available on the airline’s 787 and 777 aircraft, the live TV entertainment trial will be rolled out progressively from the end of August. Eleven aircraft are forecast to feature live sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup (September 8 – October 28, France), with the remaining seven aircraft to have it enabled before the finals kick off on 14 October.

“We’ve been on a mission to give customers the best entertainment options in the skies and with Wi-Fi enabled across our widebody fleet, adding live sport is a fantastic way to give customers access to even more content so they never have to miss a minute of the game,” commented Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty in an August 31 statement,

“We know many of our customers are passionate sports supporters, but there are a few guidelines we recommend keeping in mind, like staying onside in your seat and keeping neighbours in mind when celebrating.”

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