THAI launches LIVE TV on board to enable news and sports broadcast programmes

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THAI launches LIVE TV on board
Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Acting Executive Vice President, Commercial, presided over the official launch at THAI’s Head Office

Bangkok, 31 May, 2018 – Thai Airways International (THAI) is launching a new “LIVE TV on Board” service that enables passengers to watch real time broadcast television programmes, such as news channels and sports competitions for free.

Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, said: “Digital era helps viewers to keep abreast of the latest news through various online media, and THAI is fully aware that passengers need to keep informed of the latest news while travelling on board.

“Available television channels are CNN, BBC, NHK, and Sport 24. Passengers can watch real time news with viewers around the world and enjoy exciting live telecast sport matches just as they did at home,” she added.

THAI’s “LIVE TV on Board” service will begin on 14 June 2018 on 12 Airbus A350-900 aircraft that operate flights to and from Chiang Mai, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Rome, Milan, and Brussels.

The service will also be available and on eight Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft that service flights to and from Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai, Vienna, Brisbane, Auckland, and Manila.

The service become possible following an approval from Thailand’s Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to allow THAI to broadcast streaming television programs on its aircraft. The airline has entrusted Panasonic Avionics Company to provide inflight connectivity via satellite transmission from the ground.

Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Acting Executive Vice President, Commercial, said: “LIVE TV on Board makes it possible for THAI, a premium national carrier, to offer more products and services for passenger comfort and satisfaction. Passengers can watch real time news and sports competition for free, while some airlines may require additional payment for such services.

“This service helps strengthen THAI’s marketing strategy and increases ticket sales. Passengers who board THAI’s flight can enjoy the added convenience of keeping abreast of world news. For more information of LIVE TV on Board, please ask the cabin crew on THAI flight.

Customers may check the flight schedule, as well as make reservations and issue tickets on thaiairways.com, THAI sales offices or travel agents representatives nationwide, or THAI Contact Center at Tel.: +66 (0) 2356 1111.