A Calculated Orchestra

Nick Chute visits Toronto/Pearson to learn more about how skilled staff conduct the complex logistics required to harmonise the world’s busiest centralised aircraft de-icing operation.

De-icing time for C-GHPV (c/n 35260), one of eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in the Air Canada fleet.
DENNIS BENETT/ THRESHOLD IMAGES

Canada gets pretty cold during the winter and its largest city is definitely no exception. While it may feel comparatively balmy compared to its counterparts in more northerly provinces, the average temperature in Toronto in January and February is just -3°C (27°F). The thermometer isn’t the only concern – located in the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ in southern Ontario, Toronto typically sees snowfall on more than 40 days each year.

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