Game on: Etihad Airways to offer live inflight sports action

Game on: Etihad Airways to offer live inflight sports action

The Middle Eastern airline is adding eight live sports and news channels to its inflight entertainment systems. You'll never miss the big game again
Etihad Airways live TV
Etihad Airways is bringing in live inflight sports channels that will air everything from Grand Prix races to the 2014 World Cup.

Fantastic news for die hard sports fans who would rather miss their flight than have to find out who won the big game on the evening highlight reel.   

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, just announced it will broadcast live news and sport channels from November, including three Formula 1 races -- the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 3), the U.S. Grand Prix (November 17) and the Brazil Grand Prix (November 24).

Other major sports coverage includes the ATP World Tour Finals, English Premier League, Winter Olympics, Ryder Cup golf and FIFA World Cup 2014.

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A total of eight live channels will be available on Etihad Airways’ widebody aircraft -- CNN, BBC World News, BBC Arabic, euronews, Sport 24, CNBC, Japan’s NHK World Premium and Sky News Arabia.

The channels will be screened on 21 aircraft by November 7, and on 37 aircraft by the end of next year.

If Etihad wants to keep any inflight incidents from breaking out during a heated match, perhaps they should consider offering seating zones for the different team supporters. 

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