United Airlines goes Paperless with Apple iPads for all their Pilots

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(Best Syndication News) - Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) announced that they will be going paperless in their flight decks by providing 11,000 Apple iPads to their United and Continental Airline pilots. The tablets will replace the pilots' paper flight manuals. This is the first major airlines to go digital.

The Apple iPad will have an app on the tablet that will give pilots access to aeronautical navigational charts. The airline has begun distributing the tablets to their pilots starting early this August. The ipads will continue to be distributed to their pilots until the end of the year.

The Apple iPad app was developed by Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. The app delivers geo-referenced terminal charts in full color.

United Airlines estimates that this change over to digital will save 16 million sheets of paper in a year and 326 gallons of jet fuel in a year for the company. The paper weighed 38 pounds while the tablet weighs less than 1.5 pounds. Each pilot would have on average 12,000 sheets of paper materials in their flight bag.

By: Julie Marcus

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