Windows 8 tablets

Emirates airlines is handing out more than 1000 HP ElitePad 900 tablets powered by Windows 8 to its flight crews and staff. Emirates came up with this announcement at the launch event of the Windows 8 in Dubai. The HP ElitePad 900 was the preferred choice as the device has a reputation for having a long battery life, is very light and designed for business users.

In order to support the crew Emirates Airlines have introduced an unique app for Windows 8 that helps the cabin crew to have all the information that they need right at their fingertips and resultantly better serve the passengers onboard. Emirates Cabin Crew senior vice president Kevin Griffiths mentioned in his statement that this KIS app designed for the HP ElitePad 900 tablets running Windows 8 is going to create a service that is going to be an unique experience compared to all other airlines.

Knowledge Driven In-flight Service the app in question has been in operation since 2004 however powered by the HP ElitePad 900 tablets they are going to be available to cabin crew for the first time. The device won’t be available, however, till January 2013, a time which Emirates Airlines is considering as the launch for the service. But once it becomes operational, Emirates is going to have nearly 100 tablets by the end of the month, and then 1000 by the end of the year.

Emirates have always been at the forefront of implementing popular technology. Back in 2006 they announced that they will start allowing passengers to use their cell phones to send out text and emails. The last month we saw users being offered the option to make calls as well using the onboard Wi-Fi service.

In other developments, American Airlines has also stated that it is going to start using Windows 8 tablets on its flights. It has obtained an FAA nod on the use of iPad in the cockpits during all phase of the flight. This is going to reduce the fuel bills of the airlines by 1.2 million dollars, as previously the pilot’s manuals weighed 35 pounds which will now be replaced.