By Dow Jones Business News, September 30, 2013, 11:42:00 AM EDT
By Michael Calia
Delta Air Lines Inc. ( DAL ) on Monday said it will start equipping its pilots with Microsoft Corp.'s ( MSFT ) Surface 2
tablet this year in a bid to replace paper-based flight kits that include reference manuals and navigational charts.
Later this year, pilots flying the Boeing Co. (BA) 757 and 767 fleets will be equipped with the tablets, while the
rest of the airline's 11,000 pilots will get them by the end of 2014, Delta said.
The airline, the world's second-largest carrier behind United Continental Holdings Inc. ( UAL ), said it expects the up-
to-date, real-time resources provided via the tablets will end up saving it $13 million a year in fuel and related
"By eliminating paper, we'll reduce clutter and minimize time spent looking for flight information, allowing our
pilots the opportunity to develop greater situational awareness in the air and on the ground," said Capt. Steve Dickson,
Delta's senior vice president for flight operations.
Microsoft has scheduled the release of its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets for Oct. 22. The devices come with
updates including improved processing power and battery life, better display and camera resolution, and an upgraded
kickstand, the company has said. The original Surface, released last fall, received a poor reception from consumers,
forcing the company to take a big write-down in its most recent quarterly results.
Delta's move comes more than a year after AMR Corp.'sAmerican Airlines expanded its program allowing pilots to use
Apple Inc. ( AAPL ) iPads in place of paper-based flight resources.
Shares of Delta were down 10 cents to $23.47 in late-morning trade Monday. The stock has nearly doubled this year.
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