The new channels include BBC World News, BBC Arabic, euronews and Sport 24, which are available from November 1. Three more channels, CNBC, Japan’s NHK World Premium and CNN, will be introduced during November, while Sky News Arabia will follow in the coming months.
The highlight of the sports coverage are the final three races of the Formula 1 season, with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on November 3 at Yas Marina Circuit, as well as the US Grand Prix on November 17 and the Brazil Grand Prix on November 24.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We are delighted to broadcast this weekend’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on many of our aircraft, ensuring that passengers who are flying on race day won’t miss any of the action from Yas Marina Circuit.”
In addition to the Formula 1 racing, passengers this November can also watch the ATP World Tour Finals, English Premier League and German Bundesliga football matches, and Euroleague Basketball.
The major sports coverage continues into 2014 with the Australian Open, French Open and US Open tennis championships, the Winter Olympics from Sochi, the Masters from Augusta and Ryder Cup golf, and the FIFA World Cup from Brazil.
Baumgartner adds: “In-flight entertainment is a key part of the guest travel experience and the introduction of eight live channels from brands such as Sky News Arabia, CNN and the BBC, as well as top global action on Sport 24, will be a fantastic addition to Etihad Airways’ flights.”
All eight news and sport channels will be available on 21 Etihad Airways wide-body aircraft by November 7, which will increase to 37 wide-body aircraft by the end of 2014.