American Airlines gets approval to be first tablet-friendly airline
American Airlines has just won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to be the first airline be completely tablet friendly – to give its cockpit crews an iPad for use “as electronic chart and digital flight manual readers.” The airline will launch iPad operations on its Boeing 777 aircraft, and then deploy it to other planes. According to one of the carrier’s pilots, the tablets will feature the flight chart app JeppTC. All onboard tablets will have to fly with an extra battery.
Using the iPad may also cut paper and fuel costs, replacing around 16 kg of paper a year for the airline and saving $1.2 million in fuel costs.