ASIA Travel Tips .com



Virgin Blue offering Live TV on Flights

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Monday, 28 August 2006

The days of pre-recorded and pre-censored in-flight entertainment and news bulletins are now officially over, at least that is, for Virgin Blue travellers. Passengers on Virgin Blue flights will now be able to watch live television at 40,000 feet following today's launch of the airline's first aircraft fully fitted out with its “live2air” product.

Virgin Blue is currently only the fourth airline in the world to offer this revolutionary product.

live2air will be pay-per-view and will operate from the moment the aircraft pushes back to the moment it pulls up to the gate. The airline will offer a special introductory rate of A$6 for all flights. The every day rate will be A$6 for unlimited viewing on most sectors and $A9 on flights over three hours.

Once fully rolled out, every passenger will have their own personal seatback screen which can be used to access the live2air service including 24 FOXTEL and AUSTAR channels, just as they would in their own lounge room at home.

The 24 channels being provided by FOXTEL and AUSTAR for the live2air service include some of the world’s best known television brands, giving Virgin Blue passengers of all ages a wide choice of programming covering news, sport, general entertainment, documentaries, music, kids and family genres.

The introduction of Virgin Blue’s live2air required a range of technological advances. Virgin Blue’s modern Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft underwent manufacturer, Federal Aviation Authority and Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved design modifications to allow an antenna to be incorporated into the aircraft fuselage. The live2air technology also needed to be re-designed to track and hold a unique signal from the FOXTEL/AUSTAR Australian satellite.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive Brett Godfrey said, “This is true entertainment history in the making. It is more than a seat; it’s the best seat in the house on the most technologically advanced aircraft in this part of the world. Many of us remember when black and white television was replaced by colour television and the impact that that had. Today is the day we will look back and remember when live television was introduced to Australian skies.”

He continued, “The world doesn’t stop while you are at 40,000 feet, so why should your information and entertainment? Some airlines offer one channel of pre-recorded “entertainment” in the form of old news bulletins but unlike our competitors’ “one size fits all” approach, live2air will offer 24 channels of live programming. There will be something individual for each individual and something suitable for everyone.”

Virgin Blue will put its first live2air fitted aircraft into commercial service later this week, with the aim of having 20% of the fleet fitted out by the end of the year. Forty seven aircraft are expected to be fully fitted with the product by mid 2007.

See other recent news regarding: Airlines, TV, Virgin Blue

Subscribe to our Latest Travel News Daily Email Free of Charge by simply entering your email address to the right. You can also stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed and even add the travel news to your website. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.
Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Fumihiro Sakakibara, General Manager - Japan, Macao Government Tourism Office. Aviation industry update from the Group CEO of AirAsia, Mr. Tony Fernandes, and Gary Chapman, Emirates' President Group Services and dnata. Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. John R. Rolfs, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and Vice President Japan & Korea. In this interview, filmed in a luxurious suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on Sunday, 24 September 2017, we ask Mr. Rolfs to tell us more about the property.
Macao Tourism Update Aviation: AirAsia and Emirates The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
What exactly is going to happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, when will it close, what about the staff, when will the new Dusit Thani Bangkok open and what will it be like? In this exclusive HD video interview with Ms. Sukanya Janchoo, General Manager of The Dusit Thani Bangkok, Steven Howard of asks Khun Sukanya about the hotel, its markets, RevPAR and these major changes. Travelodge Hotels Asia’s Brands and Expansion Plans - Exclusive HD Video Interview with Stephen Burt, Chairman. Exclusive HD video interview with Alejandro Bernabe, Group Director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. We talk about Avani Hotels' future plans and what exciting new developments are in the pipeline. You will also learn that Avani is about to announce a new sub brand, is currently building its first resort with private pool villas and what the group's position is on new technology.
Dusit Thani Bangkok Travelodge Hotels Asia Avani Hotels & Resorts
Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Travelodge Thailand, outlines expansion plans in HD Video Interview. Exclusive HD video interview with Myanmar's Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung, about the status of tourism in the beautiful and mystical country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Birth of a Luxury Thai Hotel Brand - HD Video Interview with Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.
CEO of Travelodge Thailand Myanmar Tourism Update Birth of Luxury Thai Hotel Brand
This HD video tour of Thai AirAsia X's brand new 337-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft was filmed at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 May 2014  Exclusive HD video interview with Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Philippine Airlines (PAL) HD video of the interior and exterior of a Thai Vietjet Airbus A320-200.
Thai AirAsia X A330-300 PAL President & COO Thai Vietjet A320-200
Inside Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - HD Video It takes 800 workers between 65 and 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380. Showers, Bars, Lounge - The Emirates Airbus A380 Has Them All - HD Video Tour Thai Airways International Takes Delivery of Brand New Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways B787 Emirates A380 Thai Airways B777-300ER

Latest Travel News

Copyright © 1997-2017