Listen, Listen to the Music

Air France, KLM, Technology, United

ipodYeah, it’s a crude drawing, but I think you get the point. It’s time for iPod + airplane.

Apple announced that they will be partnering with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to let customers use their iPod with existing inflight entertainment systems. Customers will be able to plug their iPods in and charge them during flight. At the same time, they can watch videos through the personal seatback screens.

United confirmed they will be installing this, though it will have to be a very limited installation. There are only personal seatback screens on international 767s and 777s, so on other planes it’s not worth much. It’s unclear if you will be able to charge your iPod on other aircraft in the fleet even though there is no seatback screen.

In a very strange turn, Air France and KLM are saying that they have not agreed to install the system yet. They say only informal talks have taken place.

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