International airline Emirates has announced today it'll be providing its employees HP ElitePad 900 tablets during the Windows 8 launch event in Dubai. More than 1,000 tablets will be handed out to the airline's flight attendants. The tablets will be preinstalled with an airline specific KIS application. The airline hopes the tablets will provide the necessary resources to allow cabin crew to provide a better experience for the airline's customers. Tablets will only become available after the HP ElitePad's launch in January 2013, so the airline aims to equip 100 employees with tablets by the end of January and 1,000 by the end of 2013.
Emirates is not the only airline to begin rolling out tablets to staff. American Airlines has also announced it'll start using tablets on flights to assist the pilots after receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration in September of this year. It is expected that American Airlines pilots will begin using iPads to carry flight manuals instead of traditional paper manuals in the near future. Unfortunately for Microsoft, however, no airlines have opted to use its tablet, the Microsoft Surface, despite it receiving predominantly positive reviews after its release in October priced at $499.