In an interview with a Delta pilot, AppleInsider reports that the pilots are not pleased with the choice of the Surface 2 tablet over the iPad.
"We fought hard for iPad," a pilot working for the airline told AppleInsider. He described the Delta deal as being about money, travel contracts, and Delta's Information Technology staff historically being " in bed" with Microsoft.
Delta's rollout of the Surface 2 to pilots is dependent on the FAA's approval of these tablets. Microsoft only released the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 the week of September 23rd, so Delta plans "an extensive testing period onboard the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767," reports AppleInsider.
The Delta Surface 2 deployment announcement was joined by Microsoft also announcing new commercial Surface 2 use by other industries including financial services, healthcare, retail, hospitality, and automotive, plus commercial availability of the Surface in seven new worldwide markets. In addition business specific apps are available in the Windows Store, and SAP and Omega Group have joined the AppsForSurface ISV Program, as reported by The Next Web.