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United Airlines said Monday that it's the first U.S. carrier to offer iPod and iPhone connectivity to its in-flight entertainment system, enabling passengers to enjoy 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 is scheduled to depart at 5:40 p.m. from Washington, D.C. to Zurich as United #936, and it will fly primarily on trans-Atlantic routes.

"The iPod and iPhone have become essential for millions of travelers around the world," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod & iPhone Product Marketing. "We think United customers are going to love being able to listen or watch personal music and video content on their iPod or iPhone via the in-flight entertainment system, and we can't wait for United to roll this out to their fleet."

United said its entire fleet of international, widebody aircraft will be reconfigured over the next two years with lie-flat seats, on-demand entertainment, and iPod and iPhone connectivity in first and business class.