Delta Air Lines to issue Microsoft Surface 2 tablets 11,000 pilots
Oct 02, 2013 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --
Atlanta USA-based carrier Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it is equipping its 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft 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 (NYSE: BA) 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.
According to Delta, teh 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 USD 13m per year in fuel and associated costs.
Delta's electronic flight bag will leverage Jeppesen's FliteDeck Pro application built specifically for the Windows platform.
The interactive software gives flight crews quicker and more efficient access to key, real-time information and resources such as dynamic charts and navigation utilities that help them better manage the safe operation of their aircraft.
With the Windows RT 8.1 operating system, pilots will be able to open two applications side-by-side, offering, for example, the opportunity to assess weather information alongside proposed flight paths.
The Live Tile user interface in Windows 8.1 can feed up-to-the-minute information to crew members while the Surface 2's true high-resolution 1080p touchscreen display adds detail to maps and other resources.
Delta expects to receive approval from the FAA to use the tablets during all phases of flight next year, a process that follows an extensive period of testing on board Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Approvals for all subsequent fleet types are expected by the end of 2014.
Find out more at www.delta.com.
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