Delta airlines to equip pilots with Surface 2 tablets

Delta airlines has revealed plans to equip its pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets, to transition them from the current BYOD system that allows pilots to bring their personal iPads to work.

It was reported in August that Delta's 19000 flight attendants would be given Nokia Lumia 820s for carrying out on-board transactions. Now, Delta has gone a step further by introducing yet another Windows based solution for its in-flight needs, with the ARM-powered Surface 2 tablet. According to Paul Thurrott of Windows IT Pro, Delta was looking at providing the pilots with Nokia's "Sirius" tablet, which is expected to be announced at the end of October, before choosing the Microsoft Surface 2.

Delta wants its cockpits to be paperless in less than two years and believes that the Surface 2 roll-out can bring about this transformation. The 757/767 fleet will be the early adopters for the Microsoft tablet, while the 777, 747 and MD88 will follow it later. Pilots are currently allowed to bring their iPads but Delta would like to maintain control by issuing a standard device across all its flights.

More information about the company's plans is expected to be revealed following formal announcements from Delta and Microsoft in the coming days.

Source: Windows IT Pro | Image via Microsoft

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A great application for RT. Basically anything that does not require massive computing power and will not depend on outdated legacy apps is a good candidate for RT. There is nothing wrong with RT, it just needs touch based apps and people stop expecting it to run legacy apps. Nobody expected iPads to run legacy OSX apps (well, actually, tech savvy fans were disappointed when iPad was released with a 'phone OS', but everybody forgot about that).
Give it a year or two and there will be no disadvantage on using RT all legacy apps will get a Metro equivalent.

Charles Keledjian said,
A great application for RT. Basically anything that does not require massive computing power and will not depend on outdated legacy apps is a good candidate for RT. There is nothing wrong with RT, it just needs touch based apps and people stop expecting it to run legacy apps. Nobody expected iPads to run legacy OSX apps (well, actually, tech savvy fans were disappointed when iPad was released with a 'phone OS', but everybody forgot about that).
Give it a year or two and there will be no disadvantage on using RT all legacy apps will get a Metro equivalent.

I had heard the same thing when Zune was launched.

I hope in middle of flight emergency they don't get this message " Sorry your Surface has some problem and now we are going to crash on the Surface"

Auditor said,
I hope in middle of flight emergency they don't get this message " Sorry your Surface has some problem and now we are going to crash on the Surface"

The mid-90's called, they want their...oh, never mind.

_dandy_ said,

The mid-90's called, they want their...oh, never mind.

If it were iPads in the middle of the emergency the message would say "You're holding it wrong."

For what purpose? If the pilots can do what they need to do with an RT unit, great. I don't need another excuse for the airlines to raise fares, even though I'm sure the costs of the RTs will be passed on to the consumer as it is.

COKid said,
For what purpose? If the pilots can do what they need to do with an RT unit, great. I don't need another excuse for the airlines to raise fares, even though I'm sure the costs of the RTs will be passed on to the consumer as it is.

its to replace a paper based system which had its own inherent costs/admin work.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
The airline could have shelled out a little more cash and gotten a Surface Pro 2 for the pilots!

Sure, but for their needs, the Surface RT does everything. It is vastly more capable than iPad/Android, even if it is not an x86/x64 tablet. (Also more manageable, secure, and stable.)


Every little bit helps. I'll be getting a Surface 2 as well. I wanted to wait a generation and wanted to wait to see if they'd keep pushing the product. Looks like they are.

Sadelwo said,
No one brought that up when Alaska Airlines, Jet blue and others ditched paper manuals for ipads.

because iPads are purely for business, of course.... </s>

Bertch said,
At least if they are owned by delta they can be controlled with GPO. Do BYOD iPads allow GPO?

I didn't think Windows RT was GPO controllable?

neufuse said,

I didn't think Windows RT was GPO controllable?

This is often confused... The 'device' can't join a domain, but it can still be managed by AD and the users can still be managed by AD and thus use policies.

There is no need to 'manage' the computer, when you can fully 'manage' the user.

The 'join a domain' is an older concept and applies more to stationary PCs connected to a LAN that the employees won't be taking home.

By managing 'users' instead of 'computers/devices', it provides greater flexibility and is the direction IT departments should be heading, especially when BYOD is becoming the preferred 'normal'.

(Especially an RT device, as they don't have to control users installing weird 3rd party software outside of the 'Store' model.)

neufuse said,
because iPads are purely for business, of course.... </s>

Displaying PDFs is hardly the domain of businesses only. One would hope an iPad would be up to the task.

Cool. Now if only they'd update their WP app with more robust functionality I think you still can't get digital boarding passes on WP, though I haven't traveled in a few months.

Delta, United, American Airlines, British Air, and Lufthansa all support digital boarding passes on WP from what I can find so far.

spenser.d said,
Cool. Now if only they'd update their WP app with more robust functionality I think you still can't get digital boarding passes on WP, though I haven't traveled in a few months.

You've been able to get digital boarding passes on Delta flights since WP7.

-Razorfold said,

You've been able to get digital boarding passes on Delta flights since WP7.

Not for any of my flights, and I've been on a lot of flights since then

And I know for the same flights people with other phones have been able to get them.

spenser.d said,

Not for any of my flights, and I've been on a lot of flights since then

And I know for the same flights people with other phones have been able to get them.


That's odd. Were they delta flights or delta codeshare?