An Apple iPad a flight could save Air India Rs 900 cr yearly in costs
With iPads, that weight will come down and, in turn, lower fuel costs by over 10 per cent. Ballpark estimates worked out by a cost-cutting committee of Air-India suggest an annual per aircraft fuel savings of around Rs 7 crore.
Given AI’s fleet of 130 aircraft, annual savings could work out to around Rs 900 crore, on a total fuel bill of Rs 8,500 crore.
“The suggestion is to feed all these documents on an iPad and provide it to pilots. This may be expensive initially but will lead to huge amount of fuel cost savings,” said a member of the committee.
Should the Indian aviation regulator give its approval, AI will be the first airline in the country to make the switch. A number of carriers in Europe and the US already carry these documents — currently stocked behind a co-pilot’s seat in the cockpit — as soft copies.