Channel NewsAsia and Singapore Airlines introduce scrolling news headlines on inflight entertainment system
30 March 2011 (Joint release by Channel NewsAsia and Singapore Airlines) – Regional news channel, Channel NewsAsia, has embarked on a partnership with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide text news headlines for customers on board SIA flights. Flights equipped with the latest Panasonic eX2™ system on KrisWorld, SIA’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, will feature the latest news updates in the form of scrolling headlines, provided by Channel NewsAsia.
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 website.”
This is the first time that SIA is offering an in-flight news ticker service on its flights.
“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.
SIA will launch the news ticker service on its 19 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft before extending it to its Airbus A340-500, A330 and A380 fleets to benefit more customers.
About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. It reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C., London and Brussels. It is fully complemented by a strong online presence at channelnewsasia.com, which provides a premier source of real time news, videos, information and entertainment features.
Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000, as the international broadcasting arm of Channel NewsAsia Singapore. It is now viewed in 24 territories across Asia. The satellite footprint of the channel stretches across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.
Channel NewsAsia's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese. This content is produced for MediaCorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels 5, 8, U, and niche language channels, Suria and Vasantham. MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.
For more information, please visit Channel NewsAsia’s website at channelnewsasia.com.
About Singapore Airlines
When Singapore Airlines was formed in 1972, it operated a modest fleet of 10 aircraft to just 22 cities in 18 countries. With a commitment to fleet modernisation, product and service innovation and market leadership, the Airline quickly distinguished itself as a world-class carrier.
Today, Singapore Airlines operates a modern passenger fleet of more than 100 aircraft and its network, including Singapore Airlines Cargo and SilkAir destinations, covers a total of 101 destinations in 40 countries.
In October 2007, Singapore Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, made aviation history again as the first to fly the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.