IT IS A COLD, WET JANUARY NIGHT AT the world's busiest cargo airport, Memphis International, which serves as the central air hub of FedEx's vast global delivery network. The rain has been steady throughout the day, and the executives who manage the FedEx Express airline operation have been monitoring the air temperature closely. A dip below freezing means icy conditions at MEM that could be severely disruptive to FedEx's nightly sort, in which 140 freighter aircraft land and are unloaded ...

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