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VIDEO: Air New Zealand adds Rugby World Cup to new live sport offering


Sports-mad travellers flying on the airline’s twin-aisle fleet don’t need to miss a minute of the action thanks to a new inflight channel.

Air New Zealand's twin-aisle fleet is now screening live sport for passengers.

Trust a rugby-loving nation to ensure sports fans never miss their favourite team in action at 30,000 feet in the air, with Air New Zealand now making live sport broadcasts available across its twin-aisle fleet.

Available on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 777 aircraft, the new Sport 24 channel features a variety of content including New Zealand’s upcoming quest to win back the Rugby World Cup, plus regular NRL, AFL, American NFL and English Premier League action.

“Just like most Kiwis, we’re crazy about rugby, so kicking off the roll out of live sport today means they will be able to enjoy live rugby onboard and will be able to support their team even while in the air,” said Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Leanne Geraghty.

VIDEO: Air New Zealand advises flyers how best to enjoy live sport in the air

“We’ve been on a mission to give customers the best entertainment options in the skies and with WiFi enabled across our widebody fleet, adding live sport is a fantastic way to give customers access to even more content so they never have to miss a minute of the game.”

In its typical humorous style, the airline has issued some tips to those watching the live broadcasts so that other passengers are not inconvenienced by fans’ exuberance:

  • Cheering is encouraged, but please remain seated. This isn’t a line out.
  • Respect your neighbours, they might be enjoying something different.
  • Stay onside when battling for armrest space, offsides could result in a yellow card.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy the game!

“We know many of our customers are passionate sports supporters, but there are a few guidelines we recommend keeping in mind, like staying onside in your seat and keeping neighbours in mind when celebrating,” Geraghty added.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 1 September 2023

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