prod_surface2_WebFirst, Delta equipped 19,000 flight attendants with Windows Phones. Now, the pilots are getting in on the Microsoft fun.

Paul Thurrott at WindowsITPro reports that Delta will hand out the new Surface 2 tablet to all of its pilots, instead of Nokia’s unreleased Sirius tablet as originally planned.

Currently, Delta pilots are allowed to bring their own iPads, but now Delta wants them to transition to the Surface 2. The plan is for every Delta cockpit to have a Surface 2 within two years and be paperless.

Delta’s move to Microsoft products is a nice win for the Redmond software giant, especially since the iPad is largely the tablet of choice for the airline industry. Earlier this week, Boeing announced that it would offer a suite of iPad apps to assist airline technicians in diagnosing maintenance issues.

Update, Sept. 30: Microsoft and Delta officially announced the deal on Monday, confirming last week’s report. All of Delta’s 11,000 pilots will be using the Surface 2 in the cockpit by 2014, saving $13 million per year in fuel and other costs in the process.

For more information, here are posts from Microsoft and Delta.

Comments

  • jp

    Headline should perhaps read: “Delta giving pilots Surface 2″…you’re implying here that the pilots are making this choice. Just sayin’

    • DoubleCheck

      +1. The article title is misleading and should probably provide background on the fact this is Delta simply changing their order since Nokia was sold to Microsoft and never released and never will release a Surface RT Tablet.

      Plus, the Surface RT was never a viable platform and every OEM except Dell has discontinued their Surface RT product lines. There’s a reason why Microsoft took a $900 million write off on Surface.

      • Derek Schlicker

        GW can’t suck up to their MSFT overlords if they told the truth.

        • Guest

          Considering most of GW’s staff are Apple users/fans and their MS editorial slant is at best neutral, that’s quite hilarious.

          • Derek Schlicker

            LOL whatever you say buddy.

  • http://seeknuance.com/ John DeRosa

    Adding this to my list of reasons to not fly Delta.

    • highlanderman

      why?

      • Out For Justice

        Blue screen of death! :)

      • Out For Justice

        Or if your more of an Xbox enthusiast, the Red Ring of death…

    • Guest

      Still trolling, huh?

  • Yohannon (Just Yohannon)

    Perhaps this is a “security by obscurity” move — you can’t take control of the aircraft because no one outside of delta owns a surface tablet. ;-)

    • Ezhik

      But I own a Surfa- *ceases to exist*

  • Guest

    When Microsoft decides to back up the money truck, and pay you to use their tablets it’s hard to say no.

  • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

    None of this should surprise anyone. Microsoft is just squeezing their way back to what they once were: the default, ubiquitous, boring platform for big business and consumers alike. Apple filling this role – especially for as long as they did – was an anomaly. Apple is supposed to be a higher-end specialty manufacturer catering in particular to the creative industry. They’re out of their element in commodities and the sooner they realize that, the better.

    • observer1959

      If Apple thought like you they would never release another device. Heaven forbid they wanted to branch out into other areas. I guess the sooner they stop selling music player, smartphones and tablets they can get back to just making Macs for designers and live off the billions they made doing it.
      Man what an idiotic comment.

      • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

        Uh oh, somebody better call the WAAHmbulance. Looks like Observer1959 is butt hurt.

        Where did I say Apple should not release new devices?

        • Robby

          Hmm… “They’re out of their element in commodities and the sooner they realize that, the better.”

          Good call, observer!

    • fring

      “They’re out of their element in commodities and the sooner they realize(sic) that, the better.”
      What a ridiculous bizzaro denialist statement.
      Butthurt? Pot Kettle Black.

      • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

        What am I denying?

        • fring

          The use of the word ‘commodities’ has long since moved beyond the narrow description of say wheat or cotton to include services, components, devices and a whole lot more.
          How are they ‘out of their element’? Do mp3 players, computers, phones, tablets and iCloud not qualify?
          Why should they ‘realise’ something for the better? Is challenging the status quo not allowed?
          Like I said…totally denialist and bizzaro.

          • http://ClaussConcept.com Jason Gerard Clauss

            “The use of the word ‘commodities’ has long since moved beyond the narrow description of say wheat or cotton to include services, components, devices and a whole lot more.”

            And? Where did I make any claim to the contrary? That’s exactly my point. Apple is trying to move into generic, midrange consumer goods (Microsoft’s home turf) rather than high-end, premium products.

            “How are they ‘out of their element’? Do mp3 players, computers, phones, tablets and iCloud not qualify?”

            Apple are a specialist brand. Whatever mp3 players, computers, phones, tablets, and cloud services they make should be designed with their core user base in mind. I’m not actually sure what you’re even asking.

            “Why should they ‘realise’ something for the better? Is challenging the status quo not allowed?”

            Challenging the status quo is not inherently good or bad. Sometimes things are the way they are for a good reason. Microsoft cannot and never will be a specialist brand. It thrives on its interoperability (and the inherent chaos that goes with). Google thrives upon ubiquity and interoperability as well. This leaves Apple to fill the role of premium, unified ecosystem.

            Large enterprise systems (such as that of Delta) are and must always be decentralized for robustness. There will be many diverse technology systems all needing to function together which requires the flexibility of commodity systems like Microsoft and Linux. The Apple model doesn’t work for that.

            “Like I said…totally denialist and bizzaro.”

            Once again, you haven’t specified what I’m denying. You’re just attempting to conflate anything that doesn’t jive with your opinion with “bizzaro”.

  • Charlie Lindbergh

    Well, not sure I’ll be flying Delta any time soon!

  • Ken Berger

    Ok I will now avoid Delta airlines!

  • Dave

    Doesn’t this really just mean that Delta’s pilots need applications that tie into a Windows based system? iPad’s are wonderful but if you need to do Windows work or tie into legacy systems, I can see how a Surface is useful. It is essentially being a laptop replacement in this use case. Since much of the airline industry back office runs on or ties into mainframe computers, this does not seem surprising. It meant the same thing when it was Nokia Windows tablets as well.

  • Trolls R Morons

    Judging by how many anti-MS shills came out of the woodwork to comment negatively on this story, it must be an even bigger win than in appears.

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