British Airways to equip 3,600 pilots with iPads

by Doug Drinkwater

December 18 2012

All 3,600 British Airways pilots are to receive an Apple iPad
All 3,600 British Airways pilots are to receive an Apple iPad

Tablets are beginning to take flight at major airlines, with British Airways now rolling out Apple iPads to all 3,600 of its pilots.

The deployment, part of the airline’s £5 million ($8.1 million) investment to deploy iPads to cabin crew and ground staff, will see the pilots use the iPads to access real-time data like flight information as well as present and historic customer details.

TabTimes spoke to British Airways on the day of the announcement and while further details on the deployment were scarce, there was also the suggestion that the iPads will enable pilots to interact better with ground staff before coming into land.

This roll-out isn’t the first to come from British Airways, which has handed out over 2,000 iPad 2s to cabin crew and ground staff since beginning its tablet initiative back in November of last year.

Other notable airlines to have recently embarked on tablet roll-outs include Emirates, American Airlines, Qatar Airways and Canadian airline WestJet.

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