iPod move for leading airlines

Six airlines will soon be offering passengers an iPod connection in their seats following a deal with Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

The six airlines – Emirates, Air France, Continental, Delta, KLM and United – are expected to introduce the facilities during 2007.

The iPod integration modules will give passengers the opportunity to stream audio and video into the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment unit.

Units will also be on constant charge during their connection to the aircraft.

Apple vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, said: “There is no better travelling companion than an iPod – customers can take their music, photos, TV shows, Podcasts, and movies with them everywhere they go.”

The move will give the likes of Emirates another useful step toward developing highly sophisticated in-flight services, following its announcement last week that passengers will soon be able to use mobile phones during flights, similar to Ryanair.

Emirates chairman and chief executive, H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “We have been a leading innovator of in-flight entertainment since introducing the world’s first seat-back screens in 1992.

“iPod integration keeps us at the cutting edge of entertainment technology, and together with our existing in-flight systems will significantly enhance the enjoyment of flying with Emirates for thousands of our passengers who travel with their iPods.”

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