KLM, Air France dispute iPod aircraft deal

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Earlier this week Apple announced plans to install iPod connections in airplanes used by major commercial carriers, including Continental, Delta, Emirates, United Airlines, KLM and Air France. Two of those carriers deny that they’re part of the agreement, according to a Reuters report .

Apple announced that planes from those airlines will, beginning in mid-2007, be equipped with a 30-pin dock connector that will enable users of iPods to plug in, power up their iPods, listen to music and even watch iPod-based videos using their seatback entertainment systems.

Apple also said it’s working with Panasonic Avionics, a major manufacturer of in-flight entertainment systems, to make sure that iPod connectivity is available to other airlines as well.

Representatives from both Air France and KLM dispute Apple’s assertion, according to Reuters . The Air France spokesperson said “it’s way too early to confirm” any details about their possible plans with Apple, and while a KLM spokesman agreed that his company had “informal contacts” with Apple, he likewise said it was “very premature” to announce a deal.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told the news service that Apple “clearly had a miscommunication with AirFrance-KLM,” but was excited about seeing iPod connectivity on Continental, Delta, Emirates and United flights.

Apple had not returned Playlist’s request for comment as this article was posted.

This story, "KLM, Air France dispute iPod aircraft deal" was originally published by PCWorld.

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