Apple iPod goes airborne

Airline deals to tie iPod to in-flight entertainment

Apple has announced a deal with six major airlines to integrate the iPod into in-flight entertainment systems.

The pact with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United means the airlines will begin offering at-seat connections which power and charge iPods during the flight.

This means that the all-important video content stored on iPods can be viewed on in-seat displays. In-flight iPod connectivity will be available to Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United passengers from mid-2007.

Apple is also working with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to bring in-flight iPod connectivity to even more airlines in the future.

The company has previously brokered deals for optional iPod connectivity in many of the world's leading automotive brands.



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