Norwegian becomes first European airline to offer live TV in-flight

tAs part of a new twelve month trial, passengers using Norwegian’s free in-flight Wi-Fi service can now watch Bloomberg Television and TV 2 News – Norway's only news channel – live on board 87 of its aircraft.ttThe trial was launched today on a flight from Oslo to Berlin and will be available on services departing Gatwick, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester to 29 destinations around Europe.ttBjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO, stated, “We’re very excited to be the first airline in Europe to offer live television on board. Introducing Bloomberg Television and TV 2 News to our passengers opens the door to more content choices and a better overall in-flight experience. By offering free Wi-Fi combined with complementary live television, we are setting the stage for a passenger experience like no other in the sky.”ttThe live TV is enabled by Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) AIRCONNECT in-flight connectivity platform. Norwegian Air Shuttle also uses GEE’s portal-based on-demand service for a broad range of in-flight entertainment content, including movies, music and games.ttAditya Chatterjee, the company’s CTO and SVP connectivity systems, noted, “This important collaboration between GEE and Norwegian marks an important component of next generation in-flight connectivity offerings that Global Eagle is poised to deliver worldwide.”ttThe launch of live TV was developed by Norwegian’s frequent flyer programme, Norwegian Reward, and Norwegian cable television company RiksTV.

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