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Air China begins live in-flight TV service

Air China has launched its in-flight live television broadcast service, with coverage of the military parade in Beijing, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

China Flight CA1369 from Beijing to Sanya on Hainan Island on 2 September, were able to watch the broadcast via the in-flight satellite TV service, or from their own portable electronic device (PED) connected to the plane’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.
In March this year, Air China undertook a successful trial of Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) Ku-band connectivity system, broadcasting the Xinhua News Agency’s live coverage of the National People Congress/Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferences, to passengers onboard a Boeing 777.ttSpeaking at the end of August, Air China’s general manager of product & service, Zhang Yun told reporters that the new satellite TV technology would enable passengers to watch live broadcasts from 24 stations."It may broadcast more stations because it has large data flow with low cost. Passengers in the future may even enjoy over 100 live-stations once we improve our technology,” he is quoted as saying.

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