Delta Airlines Changes Course on Apple iPads
After an extensive iPad trial, Delta Airlines has made it official. The airline is not sticking with Apple. Instead, Delta is going to equip pilots with the Surface 2.
Surprising some, Delta opted against using the iPad for its planned electronic flight bag program despite the reliance upon iPads by other rival airlines. Delta, however, has other plans.
"In less than two years, Delta cockpits will be paperless as we roll-out the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT as our company-issued device," the airline notified employees.
"The 757/767 fleet will be the first to make the transition with the 777, 747 and MD88 as fast followers," the statement continues. "Look for an announcement from Delta and Microsoft in the coming days about our partnership on the initiative."
According to a published report from WindowsITpro, Delta still lets pilots bring their own iPads with them on flights. "But with the move to company-standard Surface 2 devices," the report reads, "that could be changing." Delta reportedly wants current iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) users to transition to a company-issued device.