Gulf Air makes 'home viewing in the sky' a reality
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced the introduction of nine new international television channels on ‘SkyHub’, its inflight entertainment suite.
Beginning on July 1, the channels: HBO, Warner, FOX, E!, CBS, Disney, National Geographic, MBC, and Star Plus will provide passengers with 220 hours of continuous viewing - enough for 33 consecutive trips from Bahrain to London - through a ‘home viewing in the sky’ experience.
Gulf Air is the first ever airline to offer programme selections through channels, rather than genre.
Gulf Air chief executive officer Samer Majali said: “In the past 10 years in-flight-entertainment has dramatically improved and is now a decisive factor for choosing an airline; borne out by 20 per cent of passengers in a recent Gulf Air survey.
“In today’s competitive environment staying ahead of the technology curve is crucial. Last year we launched ‘SkyHub’ an entertainment suite offering passengers, for the first time in the world, full broadband connectivity to access the internet, mobile phone services and a global, live television service.”
“This development will further enhance our on-board entertainment offering. Through the launch of these nine international network channels passengers, for the first time ever, can watch television the same way in the air as on the ground,” he concluded.
In addition to pre-recorded programmes, the airline offers live telecast of F1™ races from around the world on Sport 24, football matches from IMG Media’s Barclays Premier League channel and award winning news channels such as BBC World News, BBC Arabic and Euronews.