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22nd November, 2013.

Delta customers benefit from digital innovations

Delta customers are the first to be able to use personal electronic devices (PED) up to 10,000 ft, following Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) approval.

All Delta aircraft completed carrier-defined PED tolerance testing to ensure the safe operation of passenger portable electronic devices during all phases of flight within U.S.

More than 570 mainline domestic aircraft now allow customer use of e-readers, tablets, and smartphones, all in airplane mode, during taxi, takeoff and landing on domestic flights.

Delta Connection's more than 550 regional aircraft will be ready by the end of the year. In-flight Wi-Fi will continue to be available for customers above 10,000 feet on domestic flights.

Delta is also to equip 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet device in order to enhance efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, save $13 million in fuel and associated costs each year.

The Surface 2 tablets will be used initially as an electronic flight bag to replace heavy paper-based flight kits containing navigational charts and aircraft operating and reference manuals. Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.

Rolling out the Surface 2 tablets across the entire fleet and eliminating paper in the cockpit means the carrier will remove traditional 38-pound pilot flight bags maintained on board aircraft for each pilot.

That critical weight reduction is expected to reduce fuel usage by an estimated 1.2 million gallons per year which translates to a 26-million-pound reduction in carbon emissions the equivalent of taking more than 2,300 cars off the road.

Additionally, the tablet will cut the airline's paper usage by 7.5 million sheets annually and save an estimated 900 trees each year.

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