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(Japan Today)   Japanese airline to become world's first all-iPad airline, with employees using tablets for everything from drink orders to reservation info to weather planning to training videos to flight manuals   (japantoday.com) divider line 15
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2012-08-31 02:46:41 PM
They will enable flight crew to choose the route and altitude with the least turbulence, and to help ensure operations run on-time.

Isn't that the flight crew's responsibility? The flight crew which already has iPads? I don't know about you, but I'd prefer it if my waitress didn't have any input on the flight plan...
 
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2012-08-31 03:05:43 PM
As long as they make sure to turn them off during take-off and landing. You know... for safety.
 
2012-08-31 03:09:27 PM
What? Not for the safety information card? What about the in-flight mag or SkyMall?...
 
2012-08-31 03:23:52 PM
The flight computer will consist of pulling back an airplane in a slingshot and firing it at the destination's control tower which is populated by green pigs.
 
2012-08-31 04:11:22 PM
Also expected to be made available in the ladies washroom, for your convenience

/If you prefer, a wired iPod is also available
 
2012-08-31 06:33:58 PM
So this business is totally dependent on apple supporting their business model and not removing any functionality they need. I hope they have some pretty solid support agreement with apple or they are in a very vulnerable position. And before everyone pours in and abuses me for saying "airlines all use computers you dick", yeah they do, but on a windows or unix system if you don't like it or have problems you can go to another supplier.
 
2012-08-31 10:22:21 PM

evildwarf: So this business is totally dependent on apple supporting their business model and not removing any functionality they need. I hope they have some pretty solid support agreement with apple or they are in a very vulnerable position. And before everyone pours in and abuses me for saying "airlines all use computers you dick", yeah they do, but on a windows or unix system if you don't like it or have problems you can go to another supplier.


That, plus you just know that in 2 or 3 years the new iOs will drop support for the model of iPad they just ordered en masse. I hope they are super profitable, because they're gonna be ordering a shiat ton of overpriced tablet PC's to maintain their business!
 
2012-08-31 11:16:49 PM
I'll be back later and there damn well better be some pictures of hot Japanese flight attendants.
 
2012-09-01 12:09:11 AM
And is there any reason this couldn't be done better or at least less expensive on another product?
 
2012-09-01 03:58:35 AM
Apple files lawsuit in 5..4..3..2..
 
2012-09-01 10:02:00 AM
I wonder if this was already patented
 
2012-09-01 04:25:40 PM
I don't think a lot of commenters so far understand just how reliant Japan is on actual paperwork in situations where the rest of the world has already switched to email. Fax machines are still huge here.

So make all the iPad jokes you want, but culturally this is a huge step in the right direction.
 
2012-09-01 05:22:15 PM

dokool: Fax machines are still huge here.


Fax machines are still pretty big in the US, too. There are a lot of documents, mostly legal documents requiring signatures, that are better served through fax.
 
2012-09-01 05:42:32 PM

Honest Bender: dokool: Fax machines are still huge here.

Fax machines are still pretty big in the US, too. There are a lot of documents, mostly legal documents requiring signatures, that are better served through fax.


Which is understandable for an office environment, but do you think that America can match the 50-something percent of Japanese homes with fax machines? I mention the fax thing as it's point of annoyance among my fellow soccer journalists in Japan, as teams here require faxed requests for media credentials when they could just as easily switch to email.

Then there's cute stories like this that emphasize how big they are on paper here. I don't care if they're using rooted Kindles, it's still a huge improvement from the amount of paper that gets wasted in this country.
 
2012-09-01 05:46:08 PM

dokool: do you think that America can match the 50-something percent of Japanese homes with fax machines?


Maybe if we tried real hard...
 
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