CNN International: June Programming Highlights
Coming up on CNN International in-flight (Times are in GMT and CET and subject to change)
Hosted by Max Foster in London, CNN Talk addresses and dissects the biggest stories of the week in world politics.
In June, CNN Talk will examine the events leading up to and following the General Election in the United Kingdom alongside the other major international stories from across the globe.
Joining Foster is the show’s regular panel of Liam Halligan, economist and commentator, known for his regular columns in the Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator; Ayesha Hazarika, former UK Labour Party advisor turned political commentator, and LBC Drivetime presenter Iain Dale.
Fridays at 1100 GMT and 1200 CET
Sport 24 Schedule: May 23rd – 30th
This week on Sport 24 you can watch LIVE coverage in-flight of the NBA Playoffs and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Also this week, Roland Garros kicks off.
Here are a few of the highlights for this week:
Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurt
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks
Stanley Cup Finals: teams TBA
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Parramatta Eels
New Zealand Warriors vs. Brisbane Broncos
Canberra Raiders vs. Sydney Roosters
ALWAYS IN THE MOMENT
Sport 24 Schedule: December 20th – 26th
Looking for LIVE sports in-flight during your holiday travels? If you’ll be on board one of these airlines offering Sport 24 you won’t miss a moment of the action.
Some of the upcoming matches you’ll be able to watch:
Utah Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors
Boston Celtics vs. New York Nicks
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs (more…)
Sport 24 Schedule: December 13th – 19th
Worried that you’ll be missing your favorite team playing while you’re in-flight this week? If you’ll be onboard one of these airlines offer Sport 24 you won’t miss a moment of the best sporting action.
Some of the matches you can watch in the week ahead:
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (more…)
Q3 Review: Global Inflight Connectivity
Compared to the first half of 2016, the third quarter saw a slowing of airlines launching new connectivity service, however we are happy to report that airlines already offering inflight connectivity continued to expand their routes as well as types of services available onboard.
It was exciting for us to see the number of airlines which offered live sports in-flight so their passengers could enjoy the Rio Olympics. The tweets posted while onboard were great!
New Launches: No new launches to report for Q3; so we’re still tracking the number of airlines around the world offering connectivity services at 64. We are, however, hoping for some new airlines to launch service in Q4 and will provide updates to our list as they happen.
- On July 13th, United Airlines launched their San Francisco (SFO) to Hangzhou (HGH) route on one of the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This 13 hour flight offers inflight Wi-Fi.
- Alitalia returned to China on July 18th with the re-launch of their Rome (FCO) to Beijing (PEK) route. Passengers can use Wi-Fi connectivity for phone calls, internet, e-mail, and more.
- Singapore Airlines added Johannesburg and Düsseldorf to their A350 offering on June 27th and July 21st. Wi-Fi and mobile phone services are available on board.
- Cathay Pacific Airways became the only airline to offer non-stop flights between London Gatwick Airport and Hong Kong. The A350-900 offers live TV and Wi-Fi on board.
- On September 1st, Aer Lingus launched their Dublin (DUB) to Newark (EWR) A330 route.
- Three airlines expanded their inflight entertainment offerings by adding live television service.
- AeroMexico re-launched live TV on their Boeing 787s. Channels include Sport 24 and CNN International.
- Virgin Atlantic also added live TV on their 787s. Passengers can enjoy Sport 24, BBC News, and CNN International.
- WestJet added Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra to their already existing live TV service.
- Thai Airways welcomed their first Airbus A350 XWB in Bangkok in late August. In Mid-October, the A350 will begin its international service flying BKK > MEL with Wi-Fi available onboard.
- Hockey fans were excited to learn that live TV channel Sport 24 added the World Cup of Hockey and NHL to their coverage.
- iPass customers will be happy to learn that they have partnered with United Airlines to allow you Wi-Fi access using your account. This is schedule to start in Q4 of this year and expand to United’s fleet of more the 700 aircraft.
As we start the last quarter of 2016 we’ll continue to track the exciting expansion of the availability for passengers to stay connected in-flight as they travel around the world. Be sure to check back frequently, we’ll keep you updated on all the news for global inflight connectivity!
Finally, thanks to our online community of supporters, early in Q3 we reached the milestone of 300,000 Facebook likes. We couldn’t do it without you!
Q1 Review: Global Inflight Connectivity
Inflight connectivity around the world is growing at an increasingly fast pace. Exciting developments, and expansions, have already taken place this year! As part of our ongoing mission to keep you updated on the availability of inflight Wi-Fi, mobile services, and live television, we thought you’d appreciate a recap of what has happened so far in 2016.
Did you know that, as of March 31st, there are 62 airlines around the world offering passengers some type of onboard connectivity? If you’d like to see a list of these airlines it’s available – and frequently updated – on our website.
The first quarter saw several big announcements from airlines about their connectivity offerings. Here are some of the highlights:
- On February 29th, Swiss began offering inflight Wi-Fi and mobile services on board their Boeing 777 aircraft.
- Air Europa launched inflight Wi-Fi service on board 3 Airbus 330s and recently took delivery of a Boeing 787 equipped with the service. The airline plans to offer Wi-Fi on all long-haul A330 flights by June 2016.
- All Nippon Airways expanded their Wi-Fi and live TV offering to their domestic routes. The new service began on January 25th.
- On February 11th, American Airlines launched a new non-stop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND). Good news for passengers – Wi-Fi & live TV are available on board this 12 hour flight!
- China Eastern Airlines launched their new non-stop service from Chicago (ORD) to Shanghai (PVG) on March 18th. Wi-Fi is also available on board this flight.
- United Airlines began offering non-stop service from San Francisco (SFO) > Tel Aviv (TLV) on March 30th. Thankfully, this 14 hour flight offers inflight Wi-Fi.
- On March 31st, Garuda Indonesia launched a new route with live TV and Wi-Fi: Singapore (SIN) or Jakarta (CGK) > London (LHR).
- iPass Inc., the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, continues to expand its inflight internet access partnership to over 2,700 aircraft – allowing their customers to get online faster.
- Virgin America teamed up with LinkedIn’s Lynda to provide free access to online professional training courses on board Wi-Fi equipped flights. On the launch of the service, Richard Branson stated “I think there will be quite a few people who will [use it]…to learn [in-flight.]”
- Air Serbia announced on March 31st that all their Airbus aircraft now offer Wi-Fly service.
With more satellite launches and improved technology coming this year, passengers can look forward to faster and greater Wi-Fi coverage across the North Atlantic in 2016. Be sure to check back frequently, we’ll keep you updated on all the news for global inflight connectivity!
Inflight Connectivity Basics
Have you considered using inflight connectivity but you’re unsure how to use it, which airlines offer it, and when it’s available?
Here is some useful info to get you started:
- As of March 14th, 63 airlines offer some form of inflight connectivity.
- Wondering if Wi-Fi is available on your flight? Listen for crew announcements affirming that your flight is equipped with Wi-Fi.
- Inflight Wi-Fi works when an aircraft’s antenna makes a connection to either a satellite or an air-to-ground network. Satellite networks allow for passengers to enjoy connectivity over both land and water, while air-to-ground networks only work while flying over land. To learn more on “How It Works” check out our website.
- Does inflight connectivity work in “airplane mode?”. There are 2 correct answers: YES – inflight Wi-Fi can be used in airplane mode. NO – mobile services (such as texting, calling, and using mobile data) cannot be used in airplane mode.
- While some airlines now offer non-stop connectivity service gate-to-gate, others do not. If your airline does not offer gate-to-gate connectivity, the services will become available at certain altitudes. Be sure to listen for crew announcements or check for availability around 10,000 feet for Wi-Fi and 20,000ft for mobile service.
- Did you know that some airlines allow passengers to make mobile phone calls inflight? It’s true! If you have mobile service but can’t make calls, send a text “hello” from 35,000 feet or a picture of your view from the sky.
Now you have the inflight connectivity basics. If you have questions, tweet us or send us a message on Facebook.
Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: February 25th – March 2nd
Are you an NBA fan flying on an airline offering Sport 24? Good news, you can enjoy LIVE coverage from 35,000 ft in the sky!
The big moments ahead:
Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks
CKSA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow Region (more…)
2015 In-Flight Connectivity Year in Review
Each year brings exciting developments to the world of in-flight connectivity and 2015 was no different. As part of our ongoing mission to keep you updated on the availability of in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile services, and live television, we thought you’d appreciate a recap of what happened in 2015.
Did you know that, as of the end of 2015, there are 60 airlines around the world which offer passengers some type of onboard connectivity? If you’d like to see a list of these airlines it’s available – and frequently updated – on our website.
Eleven new airlines began offering some type of in-flight connectivity (Wi-Fi, mobile services, or live television) to passengers in 2015.
China, in particular, saw huge growth for in-flight Wi-Fi during 2015. In Q2 China Eastern Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to receive approval to provide Wi-Fi on both international and domestic flights. Their international service launched in mid-November. Keep a close eye on China as we expect to see a lot more growth during 2016!
There are a number of web sites which can help you in choosing a flight which will offer connectivity. In March of 2015 we were delighted to see the announcement that Google would be integrating Routehappy’s amenity data into Google Flights search results. In doing so, if you’re using Google Flights to plan your next trip you’ll be able to compare available amenities such as Wi-Fi and in-seat power.
If you’re a sports enthusiast then you were happy to see increases in both the number of airlines offering live sports as well as the types of events they’re broadcasting. Among the new entrants to airlines offering this service are Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Norwegian, and ANA. And what sporting events were passengers able to watch in flight? The variety of live sports available onboard included the Rugby World Cup, the NFL Super Bowl, FIFA Women’s World Cup, NBA, and the T20 Big Bash League.
Of course here at @Altitude we’re always looking for fun ways airlines and passengers are using their in-flight Wi-Fi. You’d be surprised by some the selfies people are tweeting! Here are a couple of our favorites from last year:
- In December, during the week before Christmas, Virgin Atlantic partnered with Microsoft to create “the world’s first connected gaming experience at 35,000ft” using in-flight Wi-Fi. Passengers on two flights used the Wi-Fi to participate in the #thankyoudeer experience, helping Santa Clause track down his missing reindeer in time for Christmas.
- It wasn’t a strictly in-flight connectivity event, but on September 17th we saw lots of in-flight social media post by passengers onboard and Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to New York. Those lucky passengers – and tweeted about! – a live performance by the Irish rock band Kodaline. It was fun to see passengers sharing the experience real-time from over the Atlantic!
And we can’t forget to thank our community on social media! In 2015 we saw almost 100% growth on Facebook. It’s great to know that so many people around the world are interested to learn about and use in-flight connectivity during their travels.
2015 was a great year for in-flight connectivity and we can wait to see what happens in 2016!
Enjoy the journey.
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Sport 24 Schedule: December 17th – 23rd
Flying through the 23rd? If you’re on an airline with Sport 24 you’ll have the chance to watch T20 Big Bash League, NBA, Barclays Premier League, NFL, Bundesliga, or the Eurpoean Rugby Champions Cup.
T20 Big Bash Cricket
Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers
Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Renegades
Perth Scorchers vs. Adelaide Strikers
Melbourne Renegades vs. Sydney Sixers
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma
Dallas Mavericks vs. Toronto Raptors
Barclays Premier League (more…)
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