Tue, Jun 17, 2008
Sorry, Domestic Passengers...
United Airlines introduced a new feature Tuesday the
Chicago-based carrier hopes will ease passenger frustrations a bit,
at least for its high-ticket customers -- iPod and iPhone
connectivity to its inflight enterntainment system.
Similar to links already seen in several automobile and home
entertainment systems, the connectivity enables passengers to play
their individual content on a 15.4-inch personal television, all
while the iPod or iPhone charges. The first aircraft with iPod and
iPhone connectivity, a Boeing 767-300, took off Monday evening from
Washington, DC to Zurich as United 936.
"Our guests may now watch or listen to what they want, when they
want with programming they choose," says Graham Atkinson, United
Airlines - executive vice president and Chief Customer Officer.
"United will continue to provide services and technology that makes
our customers' travel experiences more relaxed and enjoyable."
Well, not for all United passengers. International fliers (who,
coincidentally, don't have to shell out the $15 checked luggage
fee) will be the first to benefit from the new technology... which
will be limited to the carrier's widebody fleet, and will only be
seen in first class and business class. The systems will be
retrofitted to the airline's Boeing 767s and 777s over the next two
Through a cable that supports iPod and iPhone via the 30-pin
connector, customers may watch and enjoy their personal content on
United's in-flight entertainment system. Technology for the
connectivity was developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation.
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