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Passengers can watch live TV on China flights

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Passengers on Air China’s flights can now watch live TV programs as a domestically-developed satellite TV system has come into service, the country’s flag carrier said on Monday.

After multiple successful testings with satisfactory user experience, the system has passed technical appraisal. The system enabled passengers on a flight from Beijing to the southern coastal resort city of Sanya on September 3 to view a live broadcast of the V-Day parade held in Beijing, the first live broadcast during a domestic flight.

The system is internationally advanced and will improve the information applications in the civil aviation industry, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Within the next three years, the system is expected to be used in the 2,400 civil aircraft that China owns and provide 400 million passengers every year with live satellite TV.