On Monday, Delta Air Lines announced that it’ll procure up to 11,000 Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the hefty pilots’ flight bags they need to lug around. Right now, it’s mandatory for each pilot to carry these bags which weigh around 38 lbs and contain essential paper works like flight check sheets and maps. By replacing with tablets, Delta Air will save up to $13 million and effectively reduce its carbon footprint. Other airlines, like American and United, are also adopting a similar approach by procuring Apple iPads.
Recently, Delta Air equipped its air crew with Windows 8 smartphones and we know that Delta is more open to the Windows ecosystem, so it wasn’t a surprise that it chose Surface 2 over Apple iPads. Delta is planning to make all the cockpits paper-free by 2014.
We still believe that Microsoft’s Surface tablets are great slates and aren’t as bad as the sales figures suggest. Comparing it with other tablets in the market including Apple iPad doesn’t do justice to it as it has its own niche. Nevertheless, the first generation turned out to be total disaster and Microsoft had to write-off $900 million in losses. And now that we have revamped Surface 2 tablets, it’ll be interesting to see if the fortunes change for the Redmond based tech giant. This new development can be a much needed shot in the arm.
[Via – Mashable]