With rising fuel prices airlines are looking to technology to improve fuel efficiency.
For American Airlines, this means the iPad. You may typically use it for media consumption and social interactions, but airlines and their pilots see it as a way to drop dead weight from their flights.
GOOD Magazine reports pilots usually carry 35 pounds of paper including manuals and maps on each flight. Putting them on the 1.33 pound iPad could mean saving up to $1.2 million in fuel, according to American Airlines.
The pioneer in this movement, however, was Alaska Airlines in May. They opted for the GoodReader iPad app, which has all 41 manuals on PDFs necessary for pilots during air travel; this means saving 2.4 million pages of paper, according to GOOD.