Passengers flying domestically with Air Canada can now enjoy live TV – just in time to watch Canada play in the World Cup.
Live TV means that passengers can watch live sports on TSN and RDS, including football, hockey, golf, basketball and more, plus national, world, and business news
The new service currently features six Canadian English and French channels which are available as part of the airline’s complimentary and extensive inflight entertainment programming.
Live TV is presently available on domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a Live TV-enabled aircraft.
Currently 40 Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A330 and Airbus A220 aircraft are Live TV-enabled, and Air Canada expects 50% of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023.
Air Canada’s Live TV experience is delivered through a satellite-connected, inflight entertainment solution.
Live TV programming on Air Canada flights is comprised of:
- TSN, TSN 2 and RDS delivering live sports coverage for football (the proper type and the US version), hockey, basketball, baseball, golf and more
- CTV News Channel delivering breaking news from communities across Canada and around the world as the country’s 24-hour all-news network
- LCN, Quebec’s all-news station
- BNN Bloomberg, Canada’s definitive source for business news
The new service means that Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier to offer passengers the ability to watch global sporting events in real time or watch live national news onboard a flight.
John Moody, Senior Director – Product Design, at Air Canada:
“We are thrilled to launch Live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment. Customers will be able to enjoy content from great Canadian channels in both English and French.
“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 seat.
“As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding Live TV to more flights, and bring even more leading content and features in 2023.”
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline. It is the latest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and the international market to and from Canada.
Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to:
- 50 airports in Canada
- 47 in the United States
- 69 internationally
Air Canada operates over 180 aircraft, including:
- 31 Airbus A220
- 6 Airbus A319
- 18 Airbus A320
- 15 Airbus A321
- 16 Airbus A330
- 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8
- 24 Boeing 777
- 37 Boeing 787
(Source: aircanada.com at 21/11/22.)
In 2019, Air Canada, together with its Air Canada Express regional partners, carried over 51 million passengers.