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June 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES — As part of his daily routine for the last 15 years, Alaska Airlines pilot Randy Kleiger hauled his 40-pound airline manuals onto his jet, using them to check everything from routing information and company policies to airport parking.
But the 1,000-plus pages of paper are soon to be history, thanks to his employer's decision to ditch the manuals by mid-June in favor of the Apple iPad for the entire Alaska Airlines fleet.
"Now we have all the information in the iPad," says Kleiger, sitting in the cramped cockpit of an Alaska Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport. "And that makes it more efficient and safer," because he doesn't have to fumble all over the cockpit for the various manuals. Everything's in one place.
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