Live television is now flying on Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) under a two month trial with Panasonic Avionics. The service launched across the carrier’s A321LR fleet earlier this month.
Panasonic Avionics is a proven partner for MEA. The trial of their Live Television service is a natural next step following the installation of their state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems last year, which has been well received by our passengers.– Houssam Moghrabi, Head of In-flight Services at MEA
The Live Television service onboard MEA’s aircraft will be powered by Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity services, and broadcast through its eX1 in-flight entertainment platform, both of which launched on the airline’s A321LR fleet in 2020.
eX1 is designed specifically for narrow-body aircraft. It offers full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface.
The two-month trial brings the news and sports content from Panasonic Avionics’ portfolio into the fleet. The integrated service enables passengers to watch news channels including the BBC World and CNN International, along with live sporting action in partnership with Sport 24.
Sport 24 is provided exclusively by Panasonic Avionics and is the world’s first and only live in-flight sports platform. It broadcasts 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, connecting airline passengers to over 16 hours of premium live content from over 30 different global sports leagues each day.
MEA’s customers will be able to enjoy all the live action from the world’s top sporting events, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, all four Tennis Grand Slams, all four Golf Majors, the NRL, the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, and more.
Live sports generally proves to be the driving factor for in-flight TV demand. When leagues suspended play in 2020, so too did airlines suspend their live television subscriptions. With competition returning, however, airlines are quickly brining back the services.
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