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Gulf Air takes delivery of first connectivity-enabled aircraft

Gulf Air has taken delivery of its first aircraft retrofitted with Panasonic Avionics' in-flight, high-speed broadband Internet, mobile connectivity and live television system.

The carrier signed up for the Ku-band satellite-based solution for its entire fleet during the Paris air show.

Gulf Air's first aircraft to be retrofitted with the system - an Airbus A330-200 - has now been delivered to the carrier.

"We are bringing to you, for the first time in the world, fully integrated broadband connectivity offering high-speed Internet with high-speed WiFi and data services, voice over the Internet (VOIP), streaming videos and the world's first in-flight live TV satellite stream across continents," said Gulf Air chief executive Samer Majali.

To access the in-flight broadband, passengers must use their personal devices to connect to the WiFi network and log in to the service through the onboard wireless Internet service provider, Deutsche Telekom.

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