EcoServices and MSG Aviation to explore cooperation to reduce emissions from aviation
MSG Aviation and EcoServices have signed a letter of intent with the purpose of exploring how EcoServices’ established technology for washing aircraft engines may be used in MSG’s solutions for washing, de-icing and inspection of aircraft. The joint solution will reduce emissions and cost.
Following recent letters of intent with Avinor, Norway’s airport operator, the airlines Flyr and Norwegian as well as with Widerøe Ground Handling, MSG Aviation now signs its fourth letter of intent, bringing it one step closer to commercial launch.
EcoServices is a joint venture of ST Engineering and Pratt & Whitney and is the owner of the “EcoPower” brand and technology, which is established as a world-leading provider of washing services to aircraft jet engines with service locations spread around the globe. The company delivers services to both civil and military aviation.
“We look forward to collaborating with a company of EcoServices’ stature. For us this is a testament to MSG Aviation and our automated solution for aircraft washing, engine washing, de-icing and technical inspection. We look forward to launching our facilities, first at Oslo Airport Gardermoen and then at other locations in Norway and around the world,” said CEO Geir Steiro of MSG Aviation.
“MSG Aviation has a unique and highly sustainable solution that is very exciting to be a part of. We look forward to exploring our potential partnership with the goal of reducing global emissions from aviation and reducing cost for our customers,” said William Welch, President of EcoServices.
MSG Aviation has developed the world’s first automated solution for aircraft washing, de-icing and technical inspection, and can offer increased quality and significant environmental benefits through automation of services, reduced use of chemicals, and faster, more efficient, and consistent operations. For the airline passengers, this translates to less delays and reduced environmental impact.
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 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.