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Air France, KLM refute Apple claims

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."

by MacNN Staff





  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Air Lines mad

    How dare anyone suggest that an airline do something to make travel more comfortable!

    They have spent years working on ways to stuff us into uncomfortable seats, have taken away our pitiful snack, so how dare Apple suggest that any one of them go against that and do something for there passengers. Shame on them.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple would...

    Have a fricking fit if someone announced something they were in talks about before they wanted it done... The airlines have the exact same right.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And in the meantime...

    someone comes out with an adapter so you can make it happen and cleans up!

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