While Apple’s products have typically appealed to the commercial sector, a couple of years ago Apple announced a partnership with IBM which would see them make a push into the enterprise sector. We’ve seen that manifest itself with efforts in Japan, and now it looks like we’re seeing it being applied to the airline industry as well.
Recently it has been announced that IBM will be signing a deal with Japan Airlines (JAL) and Finnair, in which both airline companies will start to use iPhones and iPad Pros when it comes to aircraft maintenance. There will be two apps launched for JAL: Inspect & Turn and Assign Tech, both of which are meant to help automate certain tasks and reduce the time spent on preparing and reporting technical issues.
With Finnair, the airline company will be the first organization to use IBM’s “Mobile at Scale for iOS” design and development model. This program is aimed at companies looking to design and develop multiple ioS apps, and will help to increase the efficiency of these apps. According to IBM, it will reduce the cost and time of development by as much as 25%.
This really isn’t the first time we’ve seen iPads used in the airline industry. Prior to this pilots were already switching to the use of iPads to replace their flight bags which contained printed manuals which are heavier and not as convenient.