Virgin provides news updates inflight

26th Sep 2006

Virgin Atlantic is providing passengers

with live text news throughout their flight. The service will give

passengers up to date news stories, as they happen, straight to their seat

back TV.  Sky News, the award winning broadcaster, will be the provider of

the news content, which will include breaking news, business news, sports


news and match results, celebrity gossip and weather information.

Dave Tharp, Senior Manager, Development & Logistics, Onboard Media for

Virgin Atlantic, commented:


    “News provision has developed so much over the years, with people

    now able to access up-to-the-minute information while they are

    travelling.  We wanted to reflect this in our onboard service and

    now, whether you want the very latest breaking news headlines, the

    latest score at Stamford Bridge or the hottest showbiz news, you’ll

    be able to find out when flying with Virgin Atlantic!”


This latest innovation ensures passengers are kept more up to date with

stories on both their outbound and inbound journey and reflects the trend

for instant information that is relevant on the ground.


Steve Bennedik, Editor, Sky News Networked Media, said:


    “Sky News’ innovative text news service will make sure that Virgin

    Atlantic passengers receive the latest breaking news, even at 35,000

    feet.  For the businessman needing up-to-the-minute financial news,

    the entertainment fan keeping in touch with all the showbiz gossip,

    or the newshound who can’t live without breaking news, this service

    will prove invaluable.”


The live text news service will be available on all V:Port equipped

aircraft. All Virgin Atlantic aircraft are fitted with personal seat back

TV’s for every passenger.  V:Port, the latest in in-flight entertainment,

has over 300 hours of Video and Audio on demand which allows passengers to

stop, start, fast forward and rewind all the action.



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