United Airlines Hands Out 11,000 iPads To Its Fleet Of Pilots

United Airlines Hands Out 11,000 iPads To Its Fleet Of Pilots

Delta was the first U.S. airline to deploy the iPad, with 22 devices replacing weighty flight bags for a number of its pilots. Now United Airlines is also taking Apple’s device to the skies, but with a slightly larger roll-out that will see 11,000 of the tablets handed out to all United and Continental pilots.

Just like those used by Delta, United Airlines’ iPads will replace 40-pound flight bags, that typically include paper flight manuals, logbooks and aeronautical charts, with Apple’s 1.5-pound tablet. Pilots began receiving the devices earlier this month, with the roll-out expected to reach all pilots by the end of the year.

Captain Fred Abbott, United’s senior vice president of flight operations, said this is the next generation of flying:

“The paperless flight deck represents the next generation of flying. The introduction of iPads ensures our pilots have essential and real-time information at their fingertips at all times throughout the flight.”

Here’s how the iPads will be used by United:

Each iPad, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information in a pilot’s flight bag. A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot. The green benefits of moving to EFBs are two-fold—it significantly reduces paper use and printing, and, in turn, reduces fuel consumption. The airline projects EFBs will save nearly 16 million sheets of paper a year which is equivalent to more than 1,900 trees not cut down. Saving 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,208 metric tons.

Just like those employed by Delta, I’m sure United’s devices will be restricted to use during pre-flight, and when the plane is above 10,000 feet. Will you feel safer in the hands of an iPad on your next United Airlines flight?

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  • adam sarah

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, BídsFírst.Com

  • crateish

    Go play in traffic.

  • Timothy Gilfilen

    I can see angry birds being played… or more fittingly, X-Plane. 

  • mudpup

    As an iPad user I can see where this would work well, and hope the copilot has a back up iPad.

    But I question their savings Numbers?

  • Tim_at_IMM

    The realiability and “instant on” feature of the iPad were two big factors in their decision to go with Apple’s product.

  • Timothy Gilfilen

    You shouldn’t question them… each chart us updated ever couple of months and with that chart there is a ifr chart and notams and so on and so on. 

  • adam sarah

    I just paíd $20.82 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, BídsFírst.Com

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  • jongar jabbar

    what if the device fails to operate?

  • GDal

    Every pound counts. The lighter the plane, the lower the fuel costs, and and with a fleet using iPads rather than the 38 pounds of manuals, the savings will come in big over time. Plus no more printing costs with every update. Huge fleetwide savings.

  • imajoebob

    I keep asking: an electronic system as backup for an electronic system?  How can that be a bad idea (35,000 feet in the air over major metropolitan areas)?

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