Etihad steps up inflight entertainment

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Acording to Breaking News Travel, Etihad Airways is set to transform its in-flight entertainment options with the introduction of eight live television channels that will broadcast live news and sport.

The new live channels are BBC World News, BBC Arabic, euronews and Sport 24, which were made available from 1 November. CNBC, Japan’s NHK World Premium and CNN will be introduced during November, and Sky News Arabia will follow in the coming months.

Highlights of the sports coverage include the US Grand Prix on 17 November and the Brazil Grand Prix a week later.

In addition to the Formula 1, passengers can also watch a wealth of live top sporting action this month, including the ATP 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.

All eight news and sport channels were available on 21 Etihad widebody aircraft from 7 November, and that number will increase to 37 widebody aircraft by the end of 2014.

Earlier this month, Etihad suspended flight to Tripoli (see story here).