Despite Being First To Give Pilots iPads, Delta Will Give Pilots The Microsoft Surface 2

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Delta Airlines announced today that it plans to equip its pilots with Microsoft’s new Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT. The company is moving to Microsoft tablets despite the fact that it was the first airline to roll-out iPads to pilots to replace heavy flight bags.

Delta gave 22 pilots iPads back in 2011, but thanks to a deal with Nokia – which is now owned by Microsoft – the company will be a going with an all-Windows approach. The company already gave its 19,000 flight attendants with a company-issued Nokia Lumia 820 Windows handset back in August of this year.

The original plan was for Delta to use Nokia’s Sirius Windows tablet that was slated to release this Fall, but plans changed after the Microsoft-Nokia merger. Over the next two years, Delta cockpits will be completely paperless with the roll-out of the Microsoft Surface 2 to pilots. Delta will issues the device to its 757/767 fleet first before transitioning to the 777, 747, and MD88.

As for the fate of the Delta iPad program, pilots are still welcome to bring their own iPads with them on flights, but it hopes pilots will transition of the BYOD iPad plan to a company-issued device. The Surface 2 is set to launch on October 22nd for $449.

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  • pwx_kevin

    Well…I will never fly Delta again.

  • jwestveer

    New business model, if you cant sell the product, give it away for free.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    Nice going, Tim Cook. Microsoft-1. Apple-0. Microsoft shares up. Apple shares down. I’m sure investors will love seeing this. And Tim Cook wonders why he can’t put any shareholder value into Apple. Apple just doesn’t seem to pursue the things that really matter to Apple’s long term outlook by investors.

  • chengiskhan

    Now I am genuinely concerned of the crash.

  • kavok

    Apple just doesn’t seem to pursue the things that really matter to Apple’s long term outlook by investors.

    Apple never has and they never will. If investors and analysts were the ones calling the shots at Apple, then the company wouldn’t exist anymore. Good thing they don’t listen to people and pursue their beliefs in producing superior products.

    Microsoft is desperate to generate some validation for their come-lately products and I’m sure that Delta didn’t just agree to this on a whim. The only way Microsoft could generate any interest in the Surface platform was to give the devices away. They have had to slash prices, and they still have a glut of them on the market. My friend went to the developers conference for M$ and received both a Surface and a phone. He never uses the phone because it gets crappy reception. The Surface he uses at home on occasion but he is always having some issue with it.

    Heaven help those people on flights when the pilots get the BSOD at 32,000 feet.

  • hwdyb

    Delta has long been in bed with Microsoft and why wouldn’t they? Microsoft has been the defacto “business” software company for the past 25+ years. It’s shocking that Delta even put iPads in their planes in the first place, and even more shocking how long that lasted! Good luck Delta getting quality apps now.
    Scary.

  • daov2a

    This is not really surprising at all. After the Nokia deal, it was only a matter of time. The Surface RT may not have massive sales but it is a fantastic product and so is Windows 8/RT. Use them every day.

  • Atienne

    Well, when you board flight to Cleveland and end up in Florida, you will know why! :-)

  • iFan41

    Leaving pilots in the hands of Microsoft technology…not too smart lol

  • GarionDK

    Let’s hope Delta Airlines won’t crash as much as their new Windows tablets.

  • skipster

    Buster,
    Your article is barely readable, do you get paid for this? Does Cult of Mac need someone to review articles for complete sentences as I would gladly take the job (your’s is not the only poorly written article sadly to say)!

  • SonsofAres

    Nice going, Tim Cook. Microsoft-1. Apple-0. Microsoft shares up. Apple shares down. I’m sure investors will love seeing this. And Tim Cook wonders why he can’t put any shareholder value into Apple.

    You forgot to stamp your little feet.

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