Qatar Airways will treat its passengers to 56 live FIFA World Cup matches as well as other major sporting events directly on their personal devices on flights that are equipped with the airline’s Super Wi-Fi service.
The live matches are available on the Sport 24 channel, which is produced by IMG and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, connecting airline passengers to thousands of hours of premium live content from over 40 different global sports competitions.
Sport 24 is exclusively available during flights from Panasonic Avionics. Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television service can be offered across a range of in-flight entertainment and in-flight connectivity configurations. It is being streamed on Qatar Airways via Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband. Panasonic Avionics says this is the first time the connectivity provider has delivered Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television.
Inmarsat’s GX Aviation offers the high-speed in-flight broadband required to stream Sport 24 with seamless global coverage across Qatar Airways’ flight routes. This solution already powers Qatar Airways’ Super Wi-Fi offering, enabling passengers to scroll social media, stream movies and TV, play games and browse the web, as well as watch live sports.
Andrew Mohr, Vice President of Digital Solutions for Panasonic Avionics, said: “Our Live Television service brings a whole new dimension to in-flight engagement, and enables passengers to catch unmissable sporting moments in the skies. We are honoured to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways by bringing this innovation to their cabins, in partnership with Inmarsat.”
William Huot-Marchand, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Inflight Connectivity, commented: “Qatar Airways was the first airline based in the Middle East and North Africa to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband service, cementing its status as a leading pioneer of technology innovations. We are delighted that, four years later, GX Aviation continues to lead the way for Qatar Airways, powering the connectivity for its first live television offering, which also coincides with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
We are delighted to share this special milestone with them, alongside our partner Panasonic Avionics.”