Apple has announced it has teamed up with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod and in-flight entertainment systems. These six airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections which power and charge their iPods during flight and allow the video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat back displays, the company says.

"There is no better travelling companion than an iPod, and now travellers can power their iPods during flight and even watch their iPod movies and TV shows on their seat back displays," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "We’re excited to work with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to offer iPod users an even better in-flight experience."

In-flight iPod connectivity will be available to Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United passengers beginning in mid 2007. Additionally, Apple is working with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to bring even more airlines in-flight iPod connectivity in the future, it says.

Apple says the move comes on the back of the availability of 3,000 accessories made specifically for iPod that range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and more than 70 pe rcent of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity.