SriLankan Airlines to replace paper manuals with iPad EFBs

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SriLankan Airlines will replace its paper manuals with iPad Electronic Flightbags (EFB), starting 29 August.

The portable device, weighing 662g, will display data primarily intended for flightdeck or cabin use and will make its debut onboard SriLankan's flight to Muscat.

"SriLankan will be the first customer airline to commence 'digital flying' using the Fokker iPAD CLASS 2 installation, on the Airbus A340, A330 and A320 aircraft. Effectively, the process will make flying that much easier, more efficient, accurate and greatly help the airline's bottom line, as millions of rupees will be saved," says SriLankan's chief executive officer Kapila Chandrasena.

The airline expects the use of iPad EFBs to save approximately 264,000 gallons of jet fuel.

Its entire technical flightcrew of 300 pilots will be using iPad EFBs by the end of October 2012, says SriLankan.