Air New Zealand turns airliners into authorized Apple iPod accessories

“Air New Zealand will equip eighteen of its airliners with in-flight entertainment rigs allowing iPod users to play their video on seatback screens, listen to audio through the aircraft system, and control their device via the plane’s interface,” The Times Online reports.

“Flight International reports that the Panasonic X Series in-flight entertainment system, which was trialed last October, will be fitted to 13 Airbus A320s and five Boeing 767s operated by the Kiwi carrier ‘in the near term,'” Times Online reports. “The X Series kit is capable of offering broadband internet connection, VoIP, secure payments and indeed pretty much anything you might expect from a computer/media centre, depending on the options selected by the airline, says a report and analysis on The Register website.”

“And of course there is the iPod hookup, says The Register, – under which, according to Panasonic, ‘your aircraft becomes an authorised Apple accessory.’ Air New Zealand have also selected ‘USB media player’ options, however, so owners of other portables may also be able to get in on the action,” Times Online reports.

MacDailyNews Take: All three of them.

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  1. Air New Zealand is one kick ass great airline. Great memories taking their planes on around-the-world trips I did as fun and for work (16 altogether).

    And New Zealand is a magical, magical place to visit. Been all over the world, and if I had to pick one spot where I could visit, it would be New Zealand.

    Damn. Go Kiwis.

  2. In regards to NZ and iPods –

    All the latest Ad TV spots here in Australia, involve young “funky” Kiwi peeps accosting people on the streets, shoving an iTouch into their hands and plonking headsets on their heads to watch a Video that demonstrates the action and beauty to be found in the “land of the long white cloud”.

    Personally, I have always found NZ to be truly blessed as THE magical and wondrous place, unlike any other on this rock.

    Do yourself a real favor and go there … and swing by Aussieland on the way thru.

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