Jetstar pilots cough up for iPads

Macworld Australia Staff
16 October, 2012
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Jetstar pilots are feeling financially strained after the airline’s decision to force pilots to buy their own iPads to store flight information and manuals during flights.

The airline has promised to reimburse its pilots, according to a report in the Sunday Herald Sun, however the Australian and International Pilots Association believes the compensation will take up to three months and will not include insurance and technical support plans costing close to $1000.

In July, Jetstar’s big-brother carrier Qantas announced that it would provide its pilots with Apple tablets in a deal with telecommunications provider Telstra.

The move provided 2,200 64GB iPads to Qantas pilots, and shrunk the airline’s daily paper usage by 15,000 pages.

“The revolutionary capabilities of iPad technology, combined with the powerful customised apps, give our pilots the ability to replace cumbersome hard copies – saving time, resources and costs,” Qantas Technical Pilot, Captain Alex Passerini said in July.


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