American Airlines delivered on its promise to ditch bulky, paper-based flight bags, some 35 pounds of reference materials and manuals pilots have relied on for years.
Instead, American said today that it’s now the first major commercial airline to fully utilize tablets in all cockpits during all phases of flight.
Testing was completed April on American’s Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft and the company secured FAA approval to use the Apple iPad on all of its current fleet types – Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80.
Patrick O’Keeffe, VP of Airline Operations Technology at American discussed how the airline was using iPads and other tablets during his keynote at the Tablet Strategy conference in April.
In today’s announcement, David Campbell, American’s VP of Safety and Operations Performance, reiterated what O’Keeffe said about the benefits of the program.
“In fact, removing the kitbag from all of our planes saves a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually based on current fuel prices,” said Campbell.
“Additionally, each of the more than 8,000 iPads we have deployed to date replaces more than 3,000 pages of paper previously carried by every active pilot and instructor. Altogether, 24 million pages of paper documents have been eliminated.”