With the approval of Federal Aviation Administration,
) will allow all its pilots to use custom-equipped iPads
on-board. This will replace the heavy paper manuals during flight
phases, resulting in reduction of weight on the plane and in turn
fuel saving as well as lower printing costs. Additionally, pilots
will have more real-time capabilities in the cockpit plus better
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JetBlue conducted a trial phase over several months by giving
iPads to 60 pilots. Subsequently, the airline handed over a
fourth-generation 16 GB Wi-Fi compatible
) iPad to 2,500 pilots.
Although JetBlue had the permission to use a PC-based laptop -
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) - in the cockpit for a decade, this
latest iPad addition will likely make things easier for the
pilots. Through these devices, pilots will be able to update
flight documents and details safely and securely.
Further, the iPads will assist the pilots in checking weather
conditions and assessing digital airport and aircraft charts.
JetBlue's Ka-band satellite-based Wi-Fi enabled LiveTV downloads
weather imagery much faster than any other systems.
JetBlue will utilize WSI Optima application for weather reports,
the Comply365 software for digital findings and the AeroData DFP
system for aircraft performance, weight and balance calculations.
The company also intends to implement digital chart capability,
This move will help JetBlue to render improved customer service
as pilots will get a detailed briefing about the weather and
accordingly update fliers. We believe that higher customer
satisfaction and cost-saving steps will drive growth for the
A few days ago, American Airlines - the subsidiary of
) - launched the Electronic Flight Bag program, whereby pilots,
during flights, will utilize tablets across its current fleet -
The Boeing Company
) 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80 jets.
JetBlue currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).