Customers flying on select routes with Air Canada can now watch live sports games and newscasts in real-time.
The airline on Monday (Nov. 21) announced the launch of Live TV on certain aircraft and domestic routes, becoming the first Canadian carrier to do so.
Live TV on Air Canada flights currently features six Canadian English and French channels which are available as part of the airline's complimentary and extensive inflight entertainment programming.
"We are thrilled to launch Live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment. Customers will be able to enjoy content from great Canadian channels in both English and French. Sports fans flying with us can enjoy the exhilaration of watching regular season, playoff and championship games in real time, while business news junkies will appreciate remaining connected to market trends and current events, right from their seat. As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding Live TV to more flights, and bring even more leading content and features in 2023," said John Moody, senior director - product design, at Air Canada.
Live TV is presently available on domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a Live TV-enabled aircraft.
Currently 40 Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A330 and Airbus A220 aircraft are Live TV-enabled, and Air Canada expects 50 per cent of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023.
Air Canada's Live TV experience is delivered through a satellite-connected, inflight entertainment solution.
Live TV programming on Air Canada flights is comprised of:
- TSN, TSN 2 and RDS delivering comprehensive live sports coverage for marquee sports events including soccer, hockey, basketball, football, baseball, golf, professional motor racing, and more
- CTV News Channel delivering breaking news from communities across Canada and around the world as the country's 24-hour all-news network
- LCN, Quebec's all-news station delivering news and rich programming from morning to night
- BNN Bloomberg as Canada's definitive source for business news, delivering breaking finance updates and live market coverage