Singapore Airlines and Channel News Asia will soon be
providing Channel News Asia Text updates on Singapore Airlines flights that are
equipped with the latest Krisworld Panasonic eX2 in-flight entertainment
No details were provided as to when the services is expected
to go live however it was revealed that it will first be implemented on 19 Boeing
777-300 ER aircraft followed by its Airbus A340-500, A330 and A380 fleet.
We here say Singapore Airlines don’t invest in a one dimensional
system go the whole hog and give as what we truly want, that is an in-flight
Wi-Fi Internet system.
The press release says “The
new service will provide SIA customers with up-to-the-minute news through
scrolling headline text, more commonly termed “news tickers”. News from
popular categories such as Asia Pacific, Singapore, Business, Sports and
Entertainment will be relayed to SIA’s inflight entertainment screens from the
website, channelnewsasia.com, while the international news reports will be
provided by Agence France-Presse (AFP).”
Mr Philip Koh,
Managing Director of MediaCorp’s Interactive Media Division, said, “We are pleased to partner Singapore
Airlines and be the first to offer SIA passengers real-time news headlines from
channelnewsasia.com. The days of passengers being shut off from live
events when on the plane, will soon be a thing of the past. In time to
come, we hope to offer even more value-added services from our award-winning news
“The ticker tape news
service is a step towards offering more value-added services to meet the needs
of our customers. On top of KrisWorld’s already extensive selection of
entertainment options, we wanted to provide content which would keep our
customers updated with real-world information as they are flying with us.
We are excited to be the first airline partner of Channel NewsAsia, one of the
most established broadcasting companies in the region,” said Mr Tan Pee Teck, Singapore Airlines’
Senior Vice President Product and Services.