Delta Airlines places a large order for 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets

Delta Airlines places a large order for 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets
Delta Air Lines stepped up to the plate and pre-ordered 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets. The airline intends to use the slates to replace the large bags carried by airline pilots that typically contain paper maps, briefing documents and other important in-flight paperwork required by pilots. Those bags each weigh 38 pounds, so replacing them with a lightweight tablet can actually save fuel in the long run.

Delta expects to save 7.5 million sheets of paper annually by making this switch and the airline will save 1.2 million gallons of fuel and lower carbon emissions by 26 million pounds. Delta isn't the first airline to arm its pilots with a tablet to replace paper maps and documents. American Airlines and UAL have given some of its pilots Apple iPad slates with FAA approved apps pre-installed. Delta, though, has a thing for Microsoft devices. In August it announced that it had purchased Windows Phone 8 flavored Nokia Lumia 820 phones for its 19,000 global flight attendants.

Microsoft had to write off $900 million worth of the original generation Microsoft Surface RT slates which means that 6 million units have spider webs all over them in a storage facility in Redmond. With the sequel, Microsoft has improved the resolution on the screen, added a new Type Cover with an embedded power cell to improve battery life, and created a second locked position for the kickstand. And there are more changes and new features.

 To make it easier to differentiate between its two tablets this time around, Microsoft calls the ARM powered Surface 2 "a tablet for business" while the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is "a laptop replacement". Frankly, that sounds exactly how we explained the difference between the two models the first time around.

If you want to learn more about the purchase by Delta of the Microsoft Surface 2 slabs, check out the video below. And yes, we don't expect that Delta paid full price for either the Nokia Lumia 820 phones or the Microsoft Surface 2 tablets.

source: Delta via TheRegister

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Surface 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3.5 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 4, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
Surface Pro 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great. Best of luck MS :)

4. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That's a good choice, they will use the surface for real work not for temple run or another kid games

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

surface two doesn't have any x86 apps, save for office. It will be used for temple run.

2. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Good for them! The Surface 2 seems to have cleared a few quirks that the first installment had. I'm rooting for them though i would never choose the tablet as my personal slate. Just think where we would be if Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple all had EQUAL market share in tablet sales. I'll tell you one would make these forums a lot more interesting!

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Hopefully they give up on RT and focus on x86 low end tablets. They are better than the RT in almost every ascept.

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

True. Since there are really cheap win8(non RT) tablets out there I dont see a reason of RT when full windows will always be better. With haswell cpu's giving as much as 70% extra battery life RT should slowly die.

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Exactly, there really wasn't reason for RT to exist, especially compared to Surface Pro and now MS will be focusing a lot of attention on Surface 2.

10. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

It's like your saying give up iOS on iPad and install Mountain Lion or something full fledge Mac OS. RT gives you the offering of an iPad but powerfull.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But there are already options like that but better (iOS and Android). There aren't any full OS options but Win8. And there are reasonable priced Win8 tablets coming out, making RT really unneeded.

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

People always get on MS for being slow. But I guess an old saying is true. "Slow and steady wins the race"

13. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

not from my experience, not all people in the real world are as stupid as the rabbit in that story

14. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

What happened to "too little, too late".

7. DLanor1107

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Tablets are slowly replacing laptops... and i think we really need to cope with that...

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


11. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This is just the beginning . By 2014 when Intel really catches up with arm in the low power consumption. I see every company moving with the surface pro as their main tablets. This is the future, we just don't know it yet. Android and ios tablets to me a simple a stupid investment. Buy a note 3 and a surface pro 2 and you are complete.

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

a person made an earlier comment that cheaper Android tablets would have been better for Delta to buy.The Surface 2 has a more powerful OS than Android tablets have and it is preloaded with the drivers capability to be connected to thousands printers. scanners, external hard drives and other computer peripherals that Android and Apple ipad tablets cannot be connected to. This is probably the main reason they choose the Microsoft Surface 2 over the other tablets. check out the web there are Video's of people hooking up MS Surface RT's to a lot of equipment and using.them. The Surface 2 is a whole different animal than the Original surface RT. It has a faster CPU, More RAM, A full High definition 1080 screen and is slimmer and lighter. it makes the Surface Rt look primative. People have to get over this Ida that Microsoft should only make a Windows 8 or 8.1 tablet. the Surface 2 will do 90 percent of the things people do with their tablet computers plus more. Tt just does not run Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 desktop programs. Surface 2 uses what are known as ARMS CPU's just like the Android tablets and Apple ipad tablets also use. over 90 percent of Windows desktop programs will not run on an ARMS CPU's. Nobody is putting down Android or Apple ipads because they do not run windows desktop programs. like wise people should not put down The Surface 2 because it does not run Windows desktop programs.

17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Do they have to turn it off on takeoff and landding?

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