Sounds great, right? There's just one issue. Since the release, the airline has gotten a lot of criticism for putting a middle seat in business class. Although passengers will not be seated in them, it is a waste of space with a plastic shroud-like "workspace" table over the seat. Our friends at Australian Business Traveler even got a cheeky nod from the CEO regarding their coverage at the most recent press conference.
Now, we did mention something about pilots. Well, they will be using some iPads in the cockpit. Like other airlines, these tablets will be chock full of plane manuals, navigation maps and other flight deck tools. The more interesting part of the flight deck technology is that it will come loaded with an application created by Airbus themselves.
Qantas is one of the launch customers for the Electronic Flight Bag app called "FlySmart." Although it's available from the iTunes Store for free, you'll need an Airbus of your own to put it to good use. So best to leave this flying to the pros.