JetBlue pilots get M1-powered iPad Pro to future proof airline
U.S. domestic airline, JetBlue is providing its pilots with Apple’s all-new M1-powered iPad Pro, to provide digital documents, flight guides and more.
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JetBlue was one of the first domestic airlines to use digital documentation in the cockpit back in 2013. It says the new iPad Pro will maintain that cutting edge position, while also offering safety-critical tools for all crewmembers. The airline “trusts iPads to provide everything pilots need at the touch of their fingertips, even at 35,000 feet in the air,” it said.
Apple’s devices have become essential to smooth flight operations at many airlines, from loading operational tracking apps, hosting system maintenance checks, checking real-time weather patterns to avoid turbulence, and accessing procedures and manuals.
“Not only will the new iPad Pro with M1 take our pilots to the next level of advanced technology, but also future-proof JetBlue with top-of-the-line hardware for years to come,” said Captain Chuck Cook, director communications, navigation, surveillance and technical programs.
In the coming months, JetBlue will provide iPad Pro to new incoming pilots, and will replace older models in use over time.
It is interesting to note that 48 of the top 50 global airlines use iPads in the cockpit to replace electronic flight bags (EFB), while over 70% are using Apple devices for cabin crew, and some use them for ground and maintenance crews. In 2020 Apple reached a deal with American Airlines so passengers can watch Apple TV+ shows in flight.