The process of de-icing aircraft used to be performed by dragging ropes over aircraft to break up the ice. Today, de-icing is accomplished by spraying propylene glycol on the planes to prevent freezing. "Last year we de-iced 12,000 airplanes. This year we're on pace for about 14,000," said Craig Palmer, coordinator of winter operations at United Airlines.
The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could bring much-needed stability to the airline industry, this editorial states. "[W]e now seem to be on the verge of having what might be the most stable industry structure we've had since this madness began in 1978, and after three decades we're warming to the notion that the price of stability might be worth paying," it says.
The merger of US Airways and American Airlines will require integrating the carriers' various technical systems. Merging the information technology could take up to four years and cost millions of dollars, experts say. "During the period between the signing and closing of the transaction, a transition-planning team of leaders from both companies will develop a carefully constructed integration plan to help assure a smooth and sustainable transition," an American spokesman said.
European lawmakers are struggling to save the European Union's carbon market after prices for carbon allowances hit new lows. Lawmakers on the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to back an emergency plan for back-loading that would remove surplus allowances, but delayed drafting the legislation.
A source says Boeing may have solved the battery problem on its 787 Dreamliner by spacing cells farther apart. "The gaps between cells will be bigger. I think that's why there was overheating," the source said. Meanwhile, as Boeing continues to produce 787s at its facility in Everett, Wash., it may run out of storage for the planes, sources say. However, Boeing says storage is under control.