17 OCTOBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 17 OCTOBER 2011

TV first for Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has taken delivery of an Airbus A330-200 aircraft retrofitted with Panasonic's Global Communications Suite.  The comprehensive communications and entertainment solution, ‘Sky Hub’, offers passengers onboard full broadband connectivity to access internet, mobile phone services and, for the first time in the world, a global, live television service onboard. The kit is being installed across Gulf Air’s entire fleet of aircraft progressively.

Using the suite Gulf Air will offer two-way broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 50 Mbps to the aircraft, enabling faster browsing, chatting and other internet-based services.  Gulf Air will offer live, uninterrupted television services on routes across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Passengers also will be able to browse the web at broadband speeds, and access social media services.  Business travellers can access their virtual private network (VPN) to send and receive emails while watching live-news and stock market updates.  They simply need to turn on their personal device, connect to the in-flight wi-fi network, and log into the service through Deutsche Telekom, the wireless internet service provider onboard. www.gulfair.com

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