New De-icing Pads Will Keep FedEx Peak Season Packages Moving
December 1, 2022
FAA strengthens supply chain by providing $174M to $330M project that can
de-ice 12 wide-body aircraft simultaneously
Ice and snow will be no match for packages this winter at a key air cargo
airport and sorting center. Federal, state, local and business leaders today
marked the completion of 3.3 million-square-foot de-icing pads at Memphis
International Airport, home to FedEx’s largest air cargo sorting facility. The
pads are large enough to de-ice 12 wide-body cargo aircraft simultaneously,
which will help get goods where they need to go quicker and more efficiently
this holiday season. The FAA invested $174 million to help make this project a
“This holiday season and every season, it’s critical that American families and
businesses get the goods they need when they need them,” said U.S.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Memphis International Airport is the
biggest cargo airport in the country, and this innovative aircraft de-icing
facility is one of the many ways we’re modernizing America’s supply chains.”
With these innovate de-icing pads at Memphis International Airport, message
boards eliminate the need for audio communication with pilots, taxiway lead-in
lights eliminate the need for follow-me vehicles or marshallers, and infrared
cameras help position airplanes in the de-icing bays.
These pads offer more environmentally friendly de-icing procedures with wider
safety margins. De-icing planes at a central pad instead of the gate allows an
aircraft to depart sooner, reducing the need to de-ice an aircraft again. The
new pads have a segregated drainage system and large-volume containers to
collect de-icing fluid. The fluid’s release is metered into the sanitary sewer
system, where it breaks down and helps sanitize city wastewater.
projects like this are key to improving safety, increasing efficiency and
advancing sustainability across the country.” said Deputy FAA Administrator A.
“We want to thank the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Aviation
Administration and Memphis International Airport for their support of this new
Consolidated De-icing Facility - an example of how to deploy technology to
improve operational efficiency,” said Richard W. Smith, president and CEO, FedEx
Express. “The timing could not be better as FedEx enters the busy holiday
season. This facility is a shining example of how we can help ensure our team
members are safely operating throughout the winter season as we deliver
outstanding service for our customers.”
Airport leaders, local officials, members of the Congressional delegation and
FedEx joined Secretary Buttigieg and Deputy Administrator Mims at today’s event.