SINGAPORE, July 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced on Wednesday that live television news and sports broadcasts have been introduced onboard flights between London and the city state.
Being the first airline in the world to provide passengers with this inflight service, SIA expects to extend it to customers' individual seat-back screens next year.
Currently, only those passengers with wireless-enabled laptops can watch live broadcasts by four international channels, including BBC World, Euro News, Eurosportnews and CNBC, with the help of Connexion by Boeing, an inflight wireless broadband service.
Launched by SIA in March this year, Connexion by Boeing enables customers to enjoy the convenience of inflight internet connectivity such as receiving and sending emails and surfing top international news websites.
Passengers need not pay extra for live television, other than that for Connexion by Boeing, according to SIA, which charges a maximum of 29.95 US dollars for fixed rate or meters on the pay-as-you-use basis.
SIA said it will introduce Connexion by Boeing and live television to other selected long-distance flights than the London-Singapore one later. Enditem