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“We’ve been fighting for our customers on this issue for years, and we are thrilled by the FAA’s recent decision — this is a big win for customers," said Amazon VP Drew Herdener in a statement.
"Delta and JetBlue have already started flights with the new rules — we’re excited to see which airlines are next.”
A couple of caveats to the news.
Airlines won’t be required to loosen restrictions. It will be up to the individual airlines to determine if its planes can handle the interference caused by the use of electronic devices that could affect communications in the cockpit.
However, cellphone and tablets will still only be allowed for use in flight in “airplane mode” not for phone calls.
F.A.A. administrator Michael P. Huerta admitted in an interview with the New York Times that flight attendants have no effective way to determine if a cellphone or tablet is really in airplane mode during flight.
“There’s no safety [...]
Having started using iPads for a pilot project back in late 2011, the airline has now confirmed on its website that it is going ahead with the full roll-out in order to replace paper manuals and to improve customer service.
“Our customers greatly appreciate the personal service KLM offers on board. The iPad enables staff to offer passengers even more personal and can, for instance, be used to update them more quickly on last-minute operational changes”, said KLM CEO Peter Hartman.
“Even in economically challenging times, it is very important to keep investing in our customers and personnel. Innovation is high on KLM’s agenda. Via this [...]
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 [...]
Pilots will use the iPad to replace paper-bound electronic flight bags, which usually weigh around 35lbs, a move which American Airlines says could save the firm $1.2 million a year on fuel alone.
The airline's pilots will start using the iPad later this month on the airline’s commercial 777 fleet, although American Airlines does hope to be able to use Apple's tablet on all flights by the end of the year.
Should the airline receive this clearance, the firm will stop distributing paper manuals in 2013, and will instead hand out iPads to each pilot and instructor.
All of these tablets will be pre-loaded with software from Jeppesen, a subsidiary of [...]
SMBs employees aren't just using these tablets for work though. Almost half (47%) of the survey respondents said they use the devices for both work and personal matters. A similar trend is playing out in the enterprise where the so-called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement has seen a growing number of employees use tablets and other personally-owned devices at work for both job and personal use.
The survey, by wireless and mobile market strategy firm iGR, shows that about a quarter (24%) of SMBs supply their employees with tablets as part of an official policy. While tablets are often positioned as augmenting laptops and PCs, 26% of the SMBs surveyed [...]
The study was conducted by the Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development, at the DePaul University in Chicago, and found that iPads, Kindles and Nooks account for nearly 30% of technology used on all commercial flights. This figure was significantly higher than the penetration on intercity trains (13.5%) and curb-side buses (12.9%).
Research found that technology use on airlines increased 23.2% between 2010 and 2011 – a faster rise than experienced from 2009 to 2010 – and, as to be expected, revealed that technology usage is higher on business-orientated flights (29.9%), than on holiday-destined trips (25%).
The study went onto state that the number of [...]
The airline will begin using the iPad on the Boeing 777 aircraft later this week, specifically on the B-777 aircraft. American Airlines will then look to slowly deploy the tablet to the rest of its fleet in the near future.
Boeing itself has been encouraging airlines to test the iPad, in the hope to get its own flight navigation apps on the flight deck in a bid to enhance efficiency.
When speaking to ZDNet, Seattle Pi estimated that replacing the 35 lb. flight bag with an iPad across all of the AA’s fleet could save American Airlines $1.2 billion in fuel costs alone.
It is believed that other airlines, such as Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, are [...]