Back in 2011 Delta Airlines ran an Electronic Flight Bag program from its pilots, the tablets used back then were iPads. In fact, the iPad is already in widespread use in the airline industry, both in cabins and cockpits. Microsoft might finally be getting a piece of the pie. WindowsITPro reports that Delta Airlines has informed its pilots that it will be equipping them with the recently announced Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT tablets. The move is expected to take nearly two years, after which every Delta pilot will be touting Microsoft’s latest tablet, and they won’t have to carry heavy paper based flight bags.
Apparently the airline initially wanted to go for Nokia’s much rumored tablet. The problem is that Nokia hasn’t unveiled it as yet. So Delta has reportedly scrapped plans of going with the Finnish manufacturers tablet and has instead opted for Microsoft’s new tablet over the iPad. The Surface 2 tablets won’t be the first Windows powered device that the airline will provide its employees. Earlier this year, Delta equipped over 19,000 of its flight attendants with Windows Phone devices. The relationship between both Microsoft and Delta appears to be going well, its definitely a win for Redmond to get its tablet rolled out across one of the major airlines in the U.S.