Qantas to use aircraft data iPad app for Boeing fleet

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Qantas will deploy Boeing's Onboard Performance Tool (OPT) flightdeck application for the iPad tablet in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The OPT gives pilots the ideal speeds and engine settings for any aircraft, in any weather, on any runway," Boeing said in a statement. "It helps to create vast gains in efficiency, range and payload. This marks the first time the OPT application has run on iPad."

The system will be deployed on the Boeing aircraft in Qantas's fleet.

According to Innovata schedules, Qantas operates 12 Boeing 737-400s, 52 737-800s, 23 747-400s and 24 767-300s.

The system can be used on a standalone basis or as a back-up for a class 2 or 3 electronic flightbag, Boeing added.