updated 09:05 am EST, Thu November 16, 2006
Airlines on Apple claims
Two airlines -- Air France and KLM -- have refuted claims made by Apple that the companies would offer the first seamless integration between iPod and in-flight entertainment systems. "It's way too early to confirm any such details," an Air France spokeswoman told Reuters, referring to Apple's announced mid-2007 availability of iPod seat connectivity. A spokesman from KML also confirmed that a deal with the iPod maker is still far from complete. "It's very premature what Apple [is] saying," said a KLM spokesman, who cited some "informal contacts" between Apple and the airline. "We have no idea if this is technically feasible, if it's financially viable, or it customers want it," the spokesman said. "At this moment, we have absolutely no intention of introducing it on board."
Apple responded to the statements made by the airlines, clarifying its stance. "Clearly we have had a miscommunication with AirFrance-KLM, but we are excited about announcing iPod integration with in-flight entertainment systems on Continental, Delta, Emirates and United today."