AVTV available to millions of passengers after airline agreements
AVTV will be available to millions of passengers annually as part of our new transatlantic flight agreement with three major airlines.
Villa TV chiefs have brokered deals with All Nippon Airlines [ANA], followed by Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways.
The trio will provide a quarterly half-hour 'Inside Aston Villa' programme as part of their in-flight entertainment offering.
The first edition, produced by the marketing and communications team in-house here at Villa Park, includes our exclusive Tom Hanks interview, a feature on Stiliyan Petrov as well as archive highlights including the 1957 FA Cup final.
ANA - the first to take up our extensive offering - is the ninth largest airline in the world and the largest in Japan by passenger numbers.
Founded in 1952, it flies to 81 domestic and international cities in a fleet of 228 aircraft serving a network of 163 routes.
ANA, which is the launch customer of the new B787, has 33,000 employees and operates about 1,000 flights a day with passenger numbers exceeding 43 million people.
ANA flies daily from Tokyo to London Heathrow as well as Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich plus the USA and Australasia.
Russell Jones, head of marketing at Villa, said: "We're delighted because this is a significant deal for Villa and AVTV.
"We currently have agreements with these three major airlines to provide the programme as part of their in-flight entertainment offering and this is undoubtedly big news for us.
"But we continue to try and grow the brand further. In fact, we are planning to significantly add to our current airline number over the coming weeks and months ahead."
AVTV started appearing on ANA flights this month while it will appear on Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways - India's No.2 carrier - from October.
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