How to Follow a 2018 World Cup Match While You’re Flying on an A380

World Cup 2018 Kazan France against Australia free kick © Stephen Lioy / Alamy /

You don’t want to miss your team’s match….But you’re going to be in the air when it's on! What can you do? Fortunately, there are several ways you can make sure you don’t miss out on the action. Here are some suggestions.

Watch on a Live TV Channel

If you’re flying with certain airlines, you won’t have to miss a thing. Airlines including Air France, Etihad, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar and Thai Airways will be screening all 64 games on their live Sport 24 sports channel.

A380 Emirates 2018 World Cup opening game Russia vs Saudi Arabia © Andeial.kl

This will be the first time that every World Cup match will be broadcast live on commercial flights, and only the second time the World Cup has been available on passenger flights.

Watch or Listen to the Match Using the Airline’s Wi-Fi

Many airlines now offer on-board Wi-Fi on many flights, including Emirates, Air France, British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways. You may be able to watch live depending on the strength of the signal and where you are – but streaming is not always possible. You should also look out for extra costs involved in streaming – free data is usually limited in the air. Listening to the match on the radio can be a better option – the signal is likely to be more stable and you’ll use much less data!

Follow the Live Coverage Using an App

Download the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia app which will keep you up to date with what’s going on in the live matches with minute-by-minute match reports sent from 32 reporters. You can also relive the key moments from the match as well as access profiles and stats for the players and coaches in all the competing teams.

Listening to the On-Board Announcements

No Wi-Fi or Sport 24? Hopefully the pilot or some of the crew members will be football fans and keep you up to date on the latest on-pitch action.

The other option, of course, is to avoid all mention of the match while you’re in the air and watch it (on replay) once you get to your destination. But to avoid hearing the results before you have the chance to watch the match, you’ll have to take precautions. Here are some ideas.

Listen to Something Else

Wear headphones and listen to your favourite music or an audiobook – it will help pass the time too.

Isolate Yourself From the Rest of the Cabin

Wear an ostrich pillow if you don’t want to take any chances. These are designed to cut out as much of the outside world as possible for you during your flight - it will help you get some sleep too.

Let Someone Show You the Way Out

Book a fast-track service to get through the airport more quickly before you accidentally see the match result. Some airports, including Bangkok, will send someone to meet you on the plane to help you find your way through security and immigration as well as whisking you through the fast track lanes.


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