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Air Canada Introduces Live News and Sports Channels on Some Flights

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Air Canada’s made an upgrade to its inflight entertainment systems on some flights that will allow you to stay up-to-date with sporting events and the news while you fly.

“We are thrilled to launch Live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment,” said John Moody, Senior Director of Product Design at Air Canada. “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 seats.”

Let’s find out more about Air Canada’s latest IFE update.

Live TV Comes to Some Air Canada Flights

For the first time ever, live TV is now available to some Air Canada passengers thanks to a satellite-powered IFE solution.

The first passengers who can experience the new Live TV feature are those traveling on Air Canada’s coast-to-coast routes that are operated with properly equipped aircraft.

There are currently 40 aircraft fitted with the technology including some Airbus A330s, Airbus A220s, Boeing 777s, and Boeing 787s.

An Air Canada Boeing 777 at Toronto Pearson Airport
An Air Canada Boeing 777 in the airline’s old livery at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in April 2022. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

The 6 live channels will be available in both English and French, taking into consideration both of Canada’s national languages.

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Sports lovers will be able to tune into TSN, TSN2, and RDS, and follow their favorite teams and sportscasters while in flight.

In terms of news channels, Air Canada passengers will be able to flick between the breaking news on CTV, Quebec’s news station LCV, and BNN Bloomberg — the main source for business news across Canada.

Air Canada expects to have Live TV available on around 50% of all domestic flights by the second quarter of 2023 as just part of a larger IFE improvement project.

“As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding Live TV to more flights, and bringing even more leading content and features in 2023,” said Moody.

Final Thoughts

The timing of Air Canada’s latest update to the inflight experience couldn’t be more perfect given that the 2022 World Cup has just kicked off.

The addition of live sports and news coverage is a great way for Air Canada to differentiate itself from its competition, and we’re looking forward to seeing this technology rolled out to even more of the airline’s fleet!

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.


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