Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced another live television offering on ‘SkyHub’, it’s in-flight entertainment suite that offers passengers, reportedly for the first time in the world, full broadband connectivity to access internet, mobile phone services and, a global, live television service.
The national carrier and Sport 24, the 24-hour live sports channel produced by IMG Media, revealed its latest addition to the airline’s onboard Global Live Television services. Broadcaster of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, Gulf Air passengers can reportedly watch uninterrupted Euro 2012 matches on-board flights from June 8th to July 1st.
Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali said, “It is another important milestone in our journey as we work to continuously improve our customer service and product offering, in particular in our latest inflight entertainment system, ‘Sky Hub’.”
“By providing our travellers with an opportunity to experience their favourite sport events, we are catering to our international sports fans across our network. In addition to broadcasting the Formula One races across the globe, we are now showcasing the Euro 2012 on our flights. Our valued customers can also enjoy a fully integrated broadband connectivity offering high speed internet, 3G-4G mobile data speed, voice over the internet (VOIP), streaming videos and the world’s first in-flight live TV satellite stream across continents.”
Richard Wise, senior vice president of IMG Media, said, “This is another premium event for the Sport 24 offering and will make airlines carrying the service a much more appealing proposition when passengers have the choice of carrier, whether by air or sea.
“We are in ongoing discussions to add more top quality events to the channel and are also talking with a number of airlines and cruise liners interested in taking the service,” he added.
Using Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite, Gulf Air offers two-way broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 50 Mbps reportedly enabling faster browsing, chatting and other internet based services.