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The aviation industry is in constant change; but one thing stays the same.

The aviation industry is in constant change; but one thing stays the same. Aircrafts need to be washed and de-iced to operate safely in harsh winter conditions.

Great feature about this topic in the latest issue of Airside International, also highlighting MSG Aviation as a cost-efficient and sustainable alternative.

 

We are Hiring!

MSG Aviation is currently hiring for four positions.

Chief Technical Officer

Administrasjons- og markedskoordinator

Automasjonsinginiør/Automation Engineer

Prosessingeniør/Process Engineer

https://msgproduction.no/2019/10/04/msg-is-hiring-ledig-stilling/

 

Please note that mainly information about the job openings is written in Norwegian and we are currently only accepting applications via Finn.no.

 

About MSG Aviation

 The company was founded in 2016 and is located at Skien Airport Geiteryggen. Here we have set up the world’s first automated full-scale washing and de-icing system for aircraft, and we also have our own Boeing 737 for test purposes. The solution has received great publicity internationally and is a green innovation project. More frequent and adapted washing of aircraft contributes to less air resistance and thus better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. The wash also causes less wear on the aircraft, which in turn results in lower maintenance costs. MSG Aviation also has a solution for engine washing that is important for the engines’ thermal power and performance. Overall, this can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to two percent.

Our solutions are tailored to both commercial and military aviation. We are currently 14 dedicated employees and are looking for more as we are getting ready for commercial launch and growth.

Arendalsuka 2021- Yesterday, we gathered a united and committed aviation industry with high ambitions and concrete plans to reduce climate emissions.

 

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Beyond fleet electrification and transition to sustainable fuel, several measures will contribute to a more sustainable aviation industry in the shorter term. Our solution will make a great contribution to reducing emissions, eliminate discharge of chemicals into surrounding environments and reduce cost all at once.

“It is fantastic to hear the enthusiasm of the greatest players in Norwegian aviation industry. We in MSG Avation are ready to implement our solution and have ambitions of building our first facility at OSL, Gardermoen within 2022”, says Geir Steiro, CEO of .

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Thank you to AvinorNorwegianFlyrSAS – Scandinavian AirlinesWiderøe Ground Handling AS and OSM Aviation for contributing to the discussions.

Norwegian and MSG Aviation sign letter of intent

Press release:

Norwegian and MSG Aviation sign letter of intent:

Lower emissions and costs through automated washing and de-icing of aircraft

Oslo 16th august 2021: Norwegian has entered into agreement with MSG Aviation to use a more climate friendly solution for washing, de-icing and inspection of aircraft. The dialogue between the two parties has been ongoing since the construction of MSG’s test facility.

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Norwegian aims to be a leader in moving towards a more sustainable and climate friendly aviation industry. The company wants to be consumers’ first choice by reusing and recycling plastic waste and continue to promote sustainable fuel solutions whilst maintaining Europe’s youngest fleet. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030. This is in line with the 1.5° C target in the Paris Agreement.

MSG Aviation offers greener and smarter solutions for washing, de-icing and technical inspection of aircraft. Norwegian has been in dialogue with MSG since 2016 and has been the first of the major airlines to sign a letter of intent with the company. The solution is one of many key measures Norwegian is taking to reduce emissions.

“We do whatever we can to ensure that our travellers get the best possible service, including offering as low climate impact as possible. To us, MSG’s solution is an initiative that can help reduce our carbon footprint in a profitable way, and that fits well with other solutions we are already using to operate as efficiently as possible. MSG’s automated solution for washing, de-icing and inspecting of aircraft can make us even more efficient, punctual and can help us reduce our overall costs” said Henrik Fjeld, SVP Ground and Technical at Norwegian.

Expects operation from 2022

The automated facility is now ready to launch, following a few years of research, development and testing of the prototype at Geiteryggen Airport in Skien. The solution has been developed with funds from the EU and Innovation Norway, among others.

Today, it takes a long time to remove ice and snow of planes manually before departure. This often leads to significant delays on snowy days. Such delays will be reduced with the new, automated solution. In addition, the fuel consumption is lower, and the amount of the de-icing fluid that is collected is higher, which increases the possibility of reuse.

MSG is now in dialogue with Oslo Airport to make preliminary plans for a facility that may be ready for operation 2022. Norwegian will use this facility primarily.

“Norwegian is Scandinavia’s second largest airline and therefore an important customer for us. The agreement is important to us, commercially, and is good news for the globe as it contributes to reducing emissions. We have the whole world as a catchment area and believe this agreement will catch the attention of other future customers”, said CEO Geir Steiro of MSG Aviation.

He adds that not only commercial airlines, but also airports, cargo airlines and military aviation are potential customers.

Reduced time and emissions lead to lower costs

More frequent and customised aircraft washing contributes to less air resistance and thus better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. The washing also causes less wear on the aircraft, which in turn leads to lower maintenance costs. MSG Aviation also has a solution for engine washing that is important for the engines’ thermal power and performance. Overall, this can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to two percent.

The letter of intent also includes a common goal that Norwegian will also be able to use MSG Aviation’s solution for technical inspection of the aircraft while they are being washed. This is done by scanning the aircraft. The digital process is accurate and timesaving.

Widerøe Ground Handling to use MSG Aviation’s solution for sustainable washing and de-icing of aircraft

Press release:

 

Widerøe Ground Handling has signed a letter of intent to be an operator of and use MSG Aviation’s planned automatic washing and de-icing hall for aircrafts at Oslo Airport Gardermoen.

The parties have committed to entering into an agreement on commercial terms when the facility is ready. MSG Aviation is in dialogue with Avinor about necessary clarifications to start the construction of the facility, which may be ready in 2022.

MSG Aviation’s solution involves a new and automated solution for washing, de-icing and technical inspection of aircraft where chemicals are used to a lesser extent than in current manual operations, and are recycled to a very high degree. The ambition is for these processes to be significantly faster than today, which again could lead to shorter travel time for passengers.

“Widerøe Ground Handling is committed to contributing to a more climate- and environmentally-friendly aviation by reducing emissions from our operations on the ground. The solution we now want to use for washing and de-icing aircraft will contribute to lower carbon emissions and reduced costs for our airline customers,” said commercial director Kjell Ivar Maudal of Widerøe Ground Handling. Widerøe Ground Handling is a part of the Widerøe Group and provides ground handling services to a number of airlines at 42 Norwegian airports.

The automated facility is now ready for use after a few years of research, development and testing of the prototype at Geiteryggen Airport in Skien. The solution has been developed with funds from the EU and Innovation Norway, among others.

Today, it takes a long time to remove ice and snow of planes manually before departure. This often leads to significant delays on snowy days. Such delays will be reduced with the new, automated solution. In addition, the fuel consumption is lower, and the amount of the de-icing fluid that is collected is higher, which increases the possibility of reuse.

“We look forward to providing washing and de-icing for Widerøe Ground Handling’s airline customers. Our solution is of great commercial interest, and we look forward to launching our facilities, first at Gardermoen and then elsewhere in Norway and around the world. The potential is great,” said CEO Geir Steiro of MSG Aviation.

He adds that not only commercial airlines, but also airports, cargo airlines and military aviation are potential customers.

Reduced time and emissions lead to lower costs

More frequent and customised aircraft washing contributes to less air resistance and thus better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. The washing also causes less wear on the aircraft, which in turn leads to lower maintenance costs. MSG Aviation also has a solution for engine washing that is important for the engines’ thermal power and performance. Overall, this will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to two percent. By washing the aircraft every 26 days, a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two percent is achieved.

The letter of intent also includes a common goal that several of Widerøe Ground Handling’s customers will be able to use MSG Aviation’s solution for technical inspection. This is done by a scanning the aircraft. The digital process is accurate and timesaving.

MSG Aviation and Flyr sign letter of intent for future collaboration

Press release:

MSG Aviation and Flyr sign letter of intent for future collaboration

MSG Aviation today entered into its first letter of agreement with an airline, Norway’s new airline Flyr. MSG Aviation and Flyr have common goals for more environmentally friendly washing, de-icing and inspection of aircraft. The letter of intent is an important step on the way to establishing the first MSG Aviation hangar at Oslo Airport.

“We are very pleased that Flyr is the first airline to see the potential of our greener solutions. We have a global catchment area and potential customers are not only commercial airlines, but also airports and cargo airlines. In addition, military aviation will be able to use our services,” said CEO Geir Steiro of MSG Aviation.

“For us, it is important to do whatever we can to contribute to a more aviation. That is why this agreement is important to us. With MSG Aviation’s solution, we not only anticipate reduced emissions but also lower costs,” said CEO Tonje Wikstrøm of Flyr.

Following a few years of research, development and testing, MSG Aviation’s product is ready for commercial launch. The company is in dialogue with Oslo Airport to make pre-engineering for a facility that may be ready in 2022. It is primarily this facility that Flyr will use.

Reduces emissions and costs

Today, manual removal of ice and snow on planes before departure takes a long time. Many airline passengers have been frustrated when realising that the snow will delay the flight. There will be fewer delays with the automated solution from MSG Aviation. Automated de-icing performed in a purposed gate contributes to faster operations, less queuing, reduced fuel consumption, increased collection rate of de-icing fluid and the possibility of reusing the de-icing fluid.

More frequent and adapted aircraft wash results in a cleaner fleet with less drag, consequently reducing fuel burn and carbon emissions. This also means less stress on the aircraft, which in turn results in lower maintenance costs. The company also has a solution for engine wash that is important for the engines’ thermal power and performance. This will remove debris that accumulate in the engine during operation. Overall, this will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to two percent. By washing the aircraft every 26 days, a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two percent is achieved.

MSG Production is also working on developing a solution for technical inspection of the aircraft where it is scanned while being washed. During the scan, the aircraft inspected by the machine is compared to stored images of the fuselage in a condition that meets the safety requirements from the aircraft manufacturer, authorities, and aircraft operator. If there is a discrepancy during the scan, maintenance will be needed.

MSG Aviation had the pleasure of meeting Norway`s Prime Minister

Monday June 21st. we had the pleasure of meeting Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, as well as Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Nikolai Astrup, and Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation, Linda Hofstad Helleland on their tour to Bø in Telemark. The Prime Minister visited our founder Svein Gunnar Mæland at our facilities in Skien in 2018 and yesterday, she visited him again to take a closer look at one of his new inventions. That visit also gave us the opportunity to tell the Prime Minister and her two ministers that our greener and smarter solution for washing, de-icing, and technical inspection of aircraft is now ready for commercial launch. We would like to thank Solberg, Astrup and Helleland for the inspiring discussion about how to implement new, green technology and how to create local jobs in Norway. Only through smart technology are we able to reach the U.N. Sustainability Goals and reduce the carbon footprint.

Previous Norwegian Top Executive will be Leading MSG Production

Will Conquer the World with a Washing and De-icing Facility for Aircraft

The original article was written by Marius Loretzen for E24 in Norwegian Click here

After many years of development, MSG Production hires a new leader that is fully engaged in conquering global aviation.  The owners are investing fresh capital to roll out the company’s de-icing and washing robot.

“It is a colossal robot that does this, and it is something that the industry needs, “ says Geir Steiro, the newly appointed CEO of MSG Production to E24.

The Norwegian start-up from Skien has developed a “de-icing and washing robot“ for aircraft that resembles an upscaled carwash unit.

“There is no one else in the world that can offer washing, de-icing, or technical inspection of an aircraft that is as effective and sustainable as MSG Production can, “ continues Steiro.

With help from robotic arms, the system can de-ice an airplane more thoroughly and accurately than today’s solutions, where an operator uses a vehicle and a wash gun to do the job.  In addition, the MSG process is by far faster.

“One can also install cameras onto the robot to inspect an airplane, “ says Steiro. 

Steiro himself has an extensive management background in SAS, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, and Qatar Airways.  Now he is moving over to a start-up on the supplier side. 

Aiming for a Launch at Gardemoen

“It was a bit of luck that Geir was available and felt he wanted to come back home to Norway.  He knows the industry well and has a great network of contacts and trust in the market, which will come in handy as we approach a delivery phase, “ says MSG’s Chairman of the Board, Ove Trøen to E24.

Trøen tells us that he came into the company in March of last year when the start-up was in need of more capital.  He is himself a retired pilot and had his eye on the company. 

Shortly afterward, MSG formed an alliance with Sintef and the University of South-Eastern Norway to test and verify their technology, explains Trøen. 

“We are in close dialog with Oslo Airport to establish a pre-project for a unit that can be ready as early as 2022.  It will be the first commercial unit, “ says Trøen.

However, the need for the system goes a lot farther than just cold Scandinavian airports:

“It isn’t only during cold weather that one must de-ice an airplane.  If you fill up cold fuel in a warm wing, it can result in condensation and frost on the wing.  So the need for de-icing goes beyond what one actually thinks, “ says Trøen.

Entrepreneur Svein Gunnar Mæland is still in partial ownership and works with the company, explains Trøen.  Mæland’s background is actually from the carwash industry, which is where some of the components from the MSG system come from. 

Teknisk Ukeblad magazine mentioned in 2018 how Mæland put everything into this idea, which he got after his brother’s airplane was delayed for two days from Schiphol in Christmas 2009.

The magazine also mentioned a conflict between the company and previous investors in 2019.

MSG production visited Qatar Airways

As of today, MSG has a test facility at Geiteryggen Airport and a retired Boeing 737 that is used to test and demonstrate the technology. 

The company also plans to scale the robot to service bigger, long-haul, and wide-bodied airplanes. 

Steiro tells us that the pandemic has delayed the roll-out:

“Then Corona disrupted the market, but one still had to keep developing the technology, “ he says.

“MSG was here for a visit while I was working with Qatar Airways, and airlines are interested in this, so I’m excited to start working with MSG, “ he says.

Both de-icing, washing, and inspection of aircraft is a time-consuming process, and in many situations, airlines fly their airplanes to their own facilities to wash and inspect.

For a wide-body airplane, it can take up to 8-10 hours to inspect the entire airplane for lightning strikes, but with us, it takes a fraction of the time, says Steiro about the new functionality that is now being developed for the system.

It is a big environmental advantage for the airlines to have de-icing, washing, and drying under one hangar that can collect and recycle the chemicals and water used.

New Investors Contribute with 77 million

The business model is based on the fact that MSG can build and own a facility, explain Geir and Trøen.

We envision ourselves investing in this and that the airlines or airports pay for the services.  This way it is easier for us to succeed.

For MSG to be successful, we are dependent on getting access to airports around the world.

– Is there a willingness to pay for this?

– Airlines must de-ice, wash, and inspect their fleet.  When this can be done faster, the airlines save money, something that is important in an industry where all the little things are taken into account.

Your business model requires that you have the capital to establish a facility.  How will you be financing this?

– We have received capital from new owners and they are willing to further commit.

The owners at MSG have now invested 37 million kroners in fresh capital according to information from Brønnøysund Register.

“There will be an additional 40 million coming in now and the owners have contributed with the liquidation that we believe is needed for production, “ says Trøen.

On the shareholder list, you will find the following names, among others, Jan Gunnar Næss, Svein Ove Brekke, Robert Bader, Petter Hennum, Jørn Heidenreich-Riis, as well as the founder, Svein Gunnar Mæland.

MSG Production Appoints Geir Steiro as New CEO

MSG Production offers greener and smarter solutions for washing, de-icing, and technical inspection of aircraft. The product is now ready for launch, and the company has hired Geir Steiro as the new CEO.  Steiro has experience from SAS, Norwegian, and Qatar Airways as well as from other large companies.

No other companies can offer washing, de-icing and technical inspection of aircraft more efficiently and more sustainably than MSG Production. I have known about the company for a while and thought their plans were exciting because they represented something completely new in an otherwise conservative industry. After a few years of research, development, and testing, the product is now ready for commercial use. This will help aircraft operators reduce their costs and environmental impact significantly, and that made me want to be part of the team,” says Geir Steiro.

Steiro has more than 40 years of experience from various management positions in operational and technical operations from companies such as SAS, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, Thomas Cook, Blue 1, and Busy Bee.  Steiro has also held management positions in Aker Solutions and NSB.

Illustration by Bjørn Inge Hansen/MSG Production

“What we now bring to the market has enormous potential because the customer base is global and includes airports, commercial airlines, and cargo airlines. In addition, military aviation will be able to use our products,” says Steiro, who emphasizes that the solution meets all safety requirements from aviation authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and airlines.

Ove Trøen is the biggest shareholder and working chairman of MSG Production. He has high expectations of Steiro.

“Geir has unprecedented technical competence, industry knowledge, and experience that is unique. In addition, he is well respected in the market, which is crucial when we now move from a development phase to a delivery phase. Geir will lead the work with our 2.0 version so that our future customers can become more efficient, reduce costs, and not least, cut emissions,” said Trøen, who became a major shareholder in March 2020.

MSG Production currently has a Multi-Solution Gate prototype at Geiteryggen Airport in Skien, Norway, for which the company received funding from the EU and Innovation Norway to develop. The company also has a Boeing 737 aircraft that has been used to test the solution. Skien will remain a “hub” for the development of the first Multi-Solution Gates.

Reduces emissions and costs

Today, manual removal of ice and snow on planes before departure takes a long time. Many airline passengers have been frustrated when realizing that the snow will delay the flight. There will be fewer delays with the automated solution from MSG Production. Automated de-icing performed in a purposed gate contributes to faster operations, less queuing, reduced fuel consumption, increased collection rate of de-icing fluid, and the possibility of reusing the de-icing fluid.

More frequent and adapted aircraft wash results in a cleaner fleet with less drag, consequently reducing fuel burn and carbon emissions. This also means less stress on the aircraft, which in turn results in lower maintenance costs. The company also has a solution for engine wash that is important for an engine’s thermal power and performance. This will remove debris that accumulates in the engine during operation. Overall, this will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to two percent. By washing the aircraft every 26 days, a reduction in fuel consumption of up to two percent is achieved.

MSG Production is also working on developing a solution for technical inspection of the aircraft where it is scanned while being washed. During the scan, the aircraft inspected by the machine is compared to stored images of the fuselage in a condition that meets the safety requirements of the aircraft manufacturer, authorities, and aircraft operator. If there is a discrepancy during the scan, maintenance will be needed.

Read more about MSG Production and the solutions for cleaning, de-icing and technical inspections here.