ANA to equip flight and cabin crew with iPads by February 2013

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) will equip all its 2,500 flightcrew with an iPad each, starting February 2013.

For the three months starting September 2012, the carrier will provide iPads to 300 crew members on a trial basis.

The iPads will allow flightcrew to access weather and other latest flight-related data. This will enable them to choose the route and altitude with the least turbulence, and help ensure that operations run on time.

Secondly, constant access to the latest passenger reservation and cargo volume information via the iPad will enable optimal fuel loading on each flight. This would help ANA in the conservation of fuel.

iPads will allow the production of electronic versions of the flight manual that involve voice and video-based training, and educational material. This in turn, will reduce printing costs and streamline the process of distributing and updating manuals.