Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it is equipping its 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Surface 2 tablet, which will be used initially as an electronic flight bag to replace heavy paper-based flight kits containing navigational charts and aircraft operating and reference manuals.
Device rollout to pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.
The Surface 2 will run on the Windows RT 8.1 platform and provide flight crews easy access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources, including navigational charts, reference documents and checklists while saving the airline USD13m per year in fuel and associated costs.
“The integration of the electronic flight bag is part of Delta´s broader move to upgrade flight deck equipment, deploy technology enhancements and take advantage of airspace modernization efforts,” said Dickson. “With these improvements, we´re able to reduce the airline´s environmental impact while providing a great deal of flexibility to continue to add mobile technology solutions into our flying operations.”
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