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Qatar Airways offering Live Satellite TV Onboard Long Haul Fleet

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Qatar Airways is now offering live digital satellite TV beamed direct to every passenger on their individual seatback TV systems at 35,000 feet.

Qatar Airways has introduced the system offering a multitude of European and Middle East TV channels on five of its fleet of Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft.

By the end of the year, 14 aircraft, including the airlines brand new Airbus A340-600 which enters service this month, will be equipped with the new Rockwell Collins Tailwind 560 satellite television system. Distributed through Showtime Arabia, via the Rockwell Collins system, a further 10 aircraft will be equipped with the service during 2007.

Live television is initially being made available on flights within and between the Middle East and Europe.

The enhancements enable passengers to watch live news, information, sport and other television programmes from selected networks beamed live direct to their individual seatback TV screens.

 Fully independent personalized television viewing allows each passenger to select from a suite of premium European and Arabic-language TV channels. The systems multi-directional antenna allows passengers to enjoy uninterrupted entertainment as their flights pass from Middle Eastern into European airspace.

In the Middle East, passengers have access to Al Jazeera, BBC World, EuroNews, CNN International, TV5, EuroSport News, MBC and Disney Channel. Within the European region, channels available are Al Jazeera, BBC World, EuroNews, CNN International, TV5, EuroSport 2, Future TV and Bloomberg.

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