Today, we shared that Delta Air Lines is deploying 11,000 Surface 2 tablets running Windows RT 8.1 to its pilots in their transition to electronic flight bags. Delta is rolling out these new tablets to replace the traditional paper document flight bags you’ve probably seen pilots lug around in large briefcases, which weigh on average, a surprising 38 pounds each.
Delta’s new electronic flight bags will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro app built for Windows 8.1, providing pilots with seamless and instant access to real-time information and resources including flight charts and navigation tools. Delta plans to have all cockpits paperless by the end of 2014, which is forecast to reduce fuel and associated costs by $13 million per year, reduce carbon emissions by 26 million pounds and save the equivalent of more than 900 trees each year.
In addition to the cost savings of deploying Windows tablets, the transition to Surface 2 puts all of the critical information a pilot needs at their fingertips enhancing situational awareness for pilots and improving safety. You can learn more about why Delta chose Surface 2 here.
It’s an exciting time for Delta to be taking advantage of the new capabilities and enterprise features we’ve added for business customers in Windows RT 8.1. We’ve talked a lot about the benefits businesses can realize with Windows 8.1 Enterprise; additionally, companies are also increasingly taking advantage of Windows RT 8.1 for targeted mobile-first scenarios.
Windows RT 8.1 advances the vision we started with Windows RT, introducing new manageability, mobility, security, user experience and networking capabilities combined with an instant-on experience on devices that are thin, lightweight, and deliver amazing battery life.
The new features in Windows RT 8.1 open up a variety of new opportunities for mobile scenarios for business customers. Existing Windows RT devices can be upgraded to Windows RT 8.1 for free through the Windows Store starting at 12:00am on October 18 in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am PT on October 17). I encourage you to explore the capabilities that Windows RT 8.1 can offer your business.
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Any way to get those built in VPN clients in Window 8.1? The standard Juniper client has lots of problems installing.