United Airlines, Apple in early talks about upgrading San Francisco airport

United Airlines aircraft sit on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport April 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

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United Airlines plans to partner with Apple to upgrade the carrier's terminal at San Francisco International Airport, United's chief digital officer said Friday.

Apple employees have been visiting the airline's luggage storage, customer service facilities and other areas in recent months, and the partnership could "transform what the airport experience will look like," United's Linda Jojo told reporters at a Chicago corporate event.

She added that the conversations were in the early stages and refused to give details.

Apple is United's top customer. Earlier this year, a picture of a United banner showing Apple spending $ 1[ads1]50 million a year on United flights made the rounds on social media. The banner said Apple bought about 50 business-class seats a day from San Francisco to Shanghai. United offers the most service to China from all US airlines.

"They fly us a lot," said Jojo. "We're going to deepen this partnership."

United has also purchased around 100,000 Apple devices for its employees.

Several airlines have purchased Apple devices for their pilots. For example, US pilots use iPads to access navigation maps and weather information, including data.

Apple declined to comment.

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