Dubai's Emirates airline has been screening all live matches on over 170 of its aircraft
A video capturing Emirates passengers’ reaction to the England’s football team penalty shootout drama against Columbia last week has been watched 2.2 million times on social media.
Posted on July 4 by Laddawan Cherry Kateanan, the footage captures the moment Eric Dier converted the final spot kick that saw England progress to the quarter finals. Passengers can be seen cheering and bursting into song.
A spokesperson from Emirates told Arabian Business: “Emirates has been screening all 64 matches on board its aircraft with live TV, so that sports fans do not miss a single moment of football’s most anticipated event.”
The airline plans to show the France vs Belgium (July 10, 10pm) and Croatia July 11, 10pm) semi-finals, together with the final match on July 15 at 7pm (all UAE times).
The tournament is available on Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra, the two channels available on live TV equipped aircraft. In addition to football, Sport 24 is also offering live matches from other top sporting events this summer including Wimbledon, the NBA finals, The US Open golf championship and the Premier League.
The Emirates spokesperson continued: “Other than sports, live TV also offers up to nine channels including a selection of international news channels such as CNN, BBC World News, Sky News, Euro News, CNBC, and NHK World. Live TV is available on over 170 Emirates aircraft including its Boeing 777 fleet and select Emirates A380s. On Emirates A380s that do not feature live TV, customers can keep up to date with all the action by logging on to the complimentary Wi-Fi for score updates from Russia.”
Emirates offers 20MB and two hours of free WiFi across all devices onboard most Emirates flights, along with a variety of paid-for upgrade packages available.