ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2006 – Delta Air Lines is synching up with Apple to give air travelers even more entertainment options when they fly with new, in-flight iPod connectivity that will allow customers to listen to their complete music library, view their video content and keep their iPods charged – all on the airline’s state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system that boasts industry-leading audio and video quality.
Delta is one of the first airlines to make in-flight iPod connectivity available to its customers beginning in mid-2007 and expects to equip its entire domestic transcontinental fleet with the audio/video integration plus charging functionality by 2008. This includes more than 100 Boeing 737-800, 757-200, 767-300 and 767-400 aircraft. Panasonic Avionics Corporation will provide all in-flight iPod offering integration services for the airline.
Apple’s iPod is one of the most popular digital music and portable video players in the world with more than 70 million units sold worldwide to current or potential Delta customers,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s vice president of Marketing. “We’re thrilled to partner with Apple on our in-flight iPod integration for customers as we continue to completely reinvent the travel experience. This is just one of the many ways we’re providing air travelers with more of the entertainment options they prefer when they fly.”
This announcement follows the airline’s fall launch of a new, two-class domestic transcontinental product offering state-of-the-art, digital in-flight entertainment – with first-run and popular classic movies; live, satellite television; a wide-ranging selection of music and artists; and, a suite of video games – all available on demand at every passenger’s seat. By next week, Delta will complete the modification of all 48 of the former Song Boeing 757s into the airline’s new standard in domestic transcontinental flying that will be available to all passengers traveling on Delta flights over four hours (or more than 1,750 miles). This includes flights from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle by 2008. This spring, Delta also began updating its international business-class offering, BusinessElite®, with a similar, industry-leading entertainment system on its current fleet of 75 aircraft flying international routes for completion by next summer.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 290 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 28 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 49 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 445 worldwide destinations in 92 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
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