United Airlines will give iPhone 6s to all its flight attendants

United Airlines flight attendants will receive the iPhone 6 Plus. That phone, on the right, is the largest phone Apple makes. Photo: Apple.  

United Airlines flight attendants will receive the iPhone 6 Plus. That phone, on the right, is the largest phone Apple makes. Photo: Apple.  

United Airlines is giving all 23,000 of its flight attendants iPhone 6 pluses, the company said Wednesday. 

The flight attendants are supposed to use the phones to handle on-board transaction, monitor company email and follow United's internal memos and flight attendant guidelines. They'll start receiving the phones in the second quarter of next year.  

"Future enhancements include replacing the flight attendants' printed safety manual with an electronic version on their iPhones and providing real-time reporting and improved follow-up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs," United said in a release. "Additionally, United plans to develop a number of customer-focused tools for the device."

United's pilots already use iPads for their duties under a program that started in 2011. 

"We are thrilled to make this investment in our flight attendants," Sam Risoli, United's senior vice president of inflight services, said in the release. "iPhone 6 Plus will enable them to deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them to better serve our customers."