American First Mainline Carrier to Deploy Electronic Flight Attendant Manuals
American Airlines became the first mainline carrier to receive FAA approval to deploy electronic flight attendant manuals on Wednesday.
The Fort Worth-based airline, which was the first to have a paperless cockpit, is providing its cabin crew with electronic manuals that are accessible using a tablet computer.
As a result of the move, American says it will save $300,000 in printing and distribution costs on an annual basis, as well as $650,000 in fuel costs thanks to the elimination of the weight of the paper manuals. It also expects to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by 4.6 million pounds (2100 metric tons) each year.
The digitized manuals, accessible through 5.3” Samsung tablets, make it much easier for flight attendants to perform updates as well as to search for information. American will be able to “share important safety information with flight attendants more quickly” as well, said Hector Adler, the airline’s vice president for flight safety.
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