Would anyone know where the map with both the rendering and the meta-data of the photo below can be found online?

Image credits: https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2018/08/31/middle-east-airlines-a320-business-class-review/ Image credits: https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2018/08/31/middle-east-airlines-a320-business-class-review/

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!

  • Are you talking just about the satellite image, or about the map overlay on top of it (cities, borders, etc.)?
    – TooTea
    Jun 24, 2019 at 7:31
  • @TooTea: they are not satellite images. It is rendering. Jun 24, 2019 at 8:22
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    The answer to the generic question is "it depends", as there are many different IFEs in use onboard, which have different software features, and most certainly different sources for their maps. So I guess your question is rather "what is the source of the maps used on the specific IFE pictured"?
    – jcaron
    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:38
  • Thank you for your helpful comments. I have improved the question accordingly. Jun 24, 2019 at 18:15

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A typical source of such images are databases from NASA : for instance the seasonal "Blue Marble" cloudless earth and the "Black Marble" night lights images. That image dataset is as far as I know free of copyright.

The inflight system vendor will probably have used some customization and added additional layers specific to the capabilities of their system and the requirements of the airline.

  • Thank you for your thoughtful answer HBruijn! Would you know if the inflight customization itself could be found somewhere? Jun 24, 2019 at 18:21

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