I have a solution for the airlines and the soaring prices of fuel . . . go SOLAR!
Think about it, the plane takes off and within minutes it is rising above the clouds and has full access to the sun.
However, the only place that wont work is over Washington, DC. For some reason for the last eight years all they have had is a dark cloud looming over it.
It is a split at this point as to the weather report for 2009 and on: Some say it could be "a bright and sunny outlook" and some say it could be the "MC SAME!"