Panasonic Avionics and All Nippon Airways CO., LTD(ANA) have announced a new partnership to launch ANA SKY Live TV and broadband Internet Wi-Fi services on the airline’s domestic routes across Japan.
The new ANA Sky Live TV offers three channels of Japanese news, sports and popular programming from JSAT Corporation’s Sky PerfecT! platform.
Passengers will enjoy general sports programming with Nettle G+, follow news updates from Nippon TV News 24, and watch live football programming on Sukasaka!.
ANA will also offer passengers high-speed onboard Wi-Fi for email, to browse the Internet, or to stay in touch with family, friends, and social media networks. The new Wi-Fi service will also stream music, television shows, and other content direct to passengers’ devices.
The ANA Wi-Fi Service and ANA SKY LIVE TV will use Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect and eXTV services on SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s satellites.
With a total of 3.5 million subscribers, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is Asia’s largest satellite operator and has a fleet of 16 satellites. It is Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications.
“From the beginning, our goal was to deliver an integrated and connected experience that keeps passengers immersed and engaged in ANA’s inflight experience. The broadband Wi-Fi and unique live television content is a first for Japan, and we are proud and honoured to partner with ANA on this exciting, new passenger amenity,” says Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics.
Koji OKA, Vice President, Products & Services, All Nippon Airways said, “We wanted to push the envelope to ensure the best inflight experience for our customers. With a line-up of exciting television programming, enhanced with Internet access and other communications services, we’ve created a truly unique experience.”