First in Europe to use infrared deicing

Pressmeddelande   •   Okt 27, 2005 13:18 CEST

SAS Ground Services Norway AS (SGS Norway) is to be the first ground
handler in Europe to test out infrared deicing of aircraft. A hangar for
infrared deicing is currently being rigged up at Oslo Airport.

Together with Radiant and Oslo Lufthavn AS, which owns and runs Oslo
Airport, SGS Norway will test out the use of infrared heat waves to
deice aircraft.

Aircraft deiced by this method taxi through a specially built hangar in
which snow and ice are removed by heat waves. Infrared deicing reduces
runoff of the chemical glycol by around 70%.

"It is part of our strategy of testing new products within ground
handling, so that we can offer our airlines more efficient, economic and
environmentally friendly products in the future," says Ola H. Strand,
Managing Director of SGS Norway.

The deicing hangar is expected to be taken into use for testing early
next year and will supplement standard deicing for the rest of the
winter season.

"Oslo Airport is a modern airport and considers it only natural to adapt
to our customers' new ways of thinking. We consider the reduction in
chemical runoff provided by the new method to be a positive factor and
see this as a valuable contribution to our work on looking after the
environment at the airport," says Nic Nilsen, Managing Director of Oslo
Lufthavn AS.

"We have had good experience in the USA and are looking forward to
starting up infrared deicing in Europe. We are pleased that SGS Norway
and Oslo Lufthavn are positive towards taking this new method into use,"
says Svein Utkilen of Radiant.

For further information, please contact:
Ola H. Strand, President of SGS Norway, tel. +47 95 71 80 42, e-mail

SAS Ground Services (SGS) is a full-service provider of airline ground
handling and airport-related services and a wholly owned subsidiary of
the SAS Group. SGS is the largest ground handling company in Scandinavia
but is also present at many locations around the world, in total at 150
airports in 37 countries. SGS has an annual turnover of SEK 6,200
million and about 8,500 employees.
SGS Norway provides ground handling services at 18 Norwegian airports
and has a turnover of NOK 1,700 million, some 30 customer airlines and
approximately 2,700 employees.
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