HP ElitePad and Windows 8 fly with Emirate Airlines
Today, both Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft announced their partnerships with Dubai-based Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s fastest growing airline companies. HP will provide approximately 1000 HP ElitePad 900 tablets running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. Inflight communications and customer service will be handled by the Knowledge-driven Inflight Service (KIS) application. The KIS application allows pursers or cabin managers to brief the crew before each flight as well as provide in-flight ticket upgrades.
According to Kevin Griffiths, Senior Vice President of Cabin Crew for Emirates Airlines, “Emirates constantly seeks ways to enhance our customers’ experience. We selected the HP ElitePad 900 to power KIS because of its sleek design and light weight, which allows our staff to provide the highest levels of service to our customers, whilst maintaining the ruggedness and security measures needed from an Enterprise-class device. To support our crew, we have created an application on Windows 8 that delivers a unique, personalized experience with the necessary information for our cabin crew to better serve the needs of customers.”
First announced in early October 2012, the ElitePad 900 features a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display. The tablet has a weight of 1.5 pounds and a thickness of 9.2 millimeters (0.36 inches). The enterprise-based mobile device will be available in the United States in January 2013.