Emirates welcomes Windows 8 on board
Airline to equip plane personnel with 1,000 HP tablets by end of 2013
Dubai carrier Emirates announced yesterday it would be equipping its crews and flight attendants with 1,000 Windows 8-powered HP ElitePad 900 tablets, CNET reported.
The airline made the announcement during the Windows 8 launch event in Dubai.
While Windows 8 is currently reported to run on over 1,000 licensed devices, Emirates said it singled out the HP tablet because of its portability, battery life and because it was considered ideal for business users.
"To support our crew, we have created an application on Windows 8 that delivers a unique, personalised experience with the necessary information for our cabin crew to better serve the needs of customers," said Emirates cabin crew senior vice president Kevin Griffiths.
"The Windows 8 platform running on HP ElitePad 900 devices gave us this option, allowing us to create the KIS app that enables our crew to offer an experience not available on other airlines."
The KIS (Knowledge Driven In-flight Service) app gives access to aircraft, crew and customer information. The program has been in use since 2004, but is now to be ported to tablet architecture for the first time.
The HP ElitePad 900 will be available in January 2013 and Emirates said it plans to have 100 tablets in place by the end of January and 1,000 by the end of 2013.