Delta enhances de-ice resources

Delta has announced it has invested in innovative de-ice tools, training and additional resources, the company said.

The airline has spent millions in 2018 on de-ice enhancements, including the launch of an advanced de-ice real-time tracking and throughput monitoring dashboard, an innovative weather data monitoring system utilized by the airline´s 24/7 in-house Meteorology team, and upgrades to training, equipment and fluid inventory.

Improvements in de-ice pad management in key cities and 20 new trucks in Atlanta, the airline´s largest hub, further enhance Delta´s overall capabilities. The airline´s on-time operation will also benefit in eight further cities from the addition of Type-IV glycol fluid, which when applied on critical surfaces like the wings and tail after the de-icing process, prevents ice from reforming on the aircraft before takeoff — this enhancement alone would have allowed for 143 fewer cancels in 2018.

The newest tool to support the airline´s de-ice throughput goals is Delta´s innovative, proprietary De-Ice Manager and mobile app. The system is designed to provide real-time updates to de-ice crews on the ground via handheld devices and to teams in the ramp control tower and OCC through a dashboard.