Etihad to screen live news and sport on flights

Etihad Airways will launch eight live television channels on its aircraft.

Starting tomorrow (November 1), four channels – BBC World News, BBC Arabic, euronews and Sport 24 – will go live.

Later in November, CNBC, Japan’s NHK World Premium, and CNN will be introduced, while Sky News Arabia will follow at a later date.

Sports coverage includes this weekend’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Etihad chief commercial offer, Peter Baumgartner, said: “We are delighted to broadcast this weekend’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on many of our aircraft, ensuring that passengers who are flying on race day won’t miss any of the action from Yas Marina Circuit.”

Other sport that will be screened this November include the ATP men’s professional tennis World Tour Finals, English Premier League and German Bundesliga football matches, and Euroleague basketball.

The major sports coverage continues in 2014 and includes the Australian Open, French Open and US Open tennis championships, the Winter Olympics, the Masters from Augusta and Ryder Cup golf, and the FIFA World Cup from Brazil.

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