American Airlines’ Switch from paper to iPads is now saving millions
Following American Airlines’ success last year using iPads rather than piles of documents in their cockpits to reduce their pilot’s baggage by as much as 35 lbs. The company has now extended the scheme to their flight attendants too.
Never has a paperless workplace been more cost effective than when the reduced weight almost instantly saves money. Not only will the introduction of the iPads reduce excess weight on the aircraft (thus reducing the extent of fuel needed) but it will also promote a much more efficient service for the customer. There will be now be no need for flight attendants to sift through piles of documents to find the information they need. They simply need to key in a search on the iPad and the information will be at their fingertips.
Now, figures wise, American Airlines’ switch to paperless documentation in the cockpits is rumoured to have saved them over $1 million and replacing their paper handbooks with iPads for the flight attendants could save them in the region of $300,000.
Those aren’t the only benefits, the reduce in paper and use of less fuel will also be incredibly environmentally friendly which is why many clean technology and environment lovers are endorsing the steps American Airlines are making to show that they are an eco-conscious company.
This can only be marvellous news in the paperless world when such a huge player in not just the airline industry, but business throughout the world, is potentially taking such a massive step. In turn, other airlines and technology giants are looking to follow suit in phasing out paper where it is unnecessary.
Many may argue that the energy consumption and poor battery life of the tablets will weight this problem down (excuse the pun), but when compared to the amount of paper weight the flights will have less of, the argument sways in the tablet’s favour.
More and more companies are going paperless each and every year, and thankfully so are some of the big boys. At Pearl Scan we welcome ideas like this that are changing the world for the better, as well as improving companies efficiency, space and, in this case, weight-saving capabilities.
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