With fuel representing the lion’s share of a business aircraft’s operating costs–up to 70 percent according to some calculations–reducing the cost of fuel purchases remains one of the most salient ways for an operator to save money. With today’s more efficient, longer-range aircraft, operators can take advantage of differences in regional fuel pricing more often by topping off their tanks where fuel is cheaper, to the extent that increased burn penalty allows.
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Global aviation fuel supplier Air BP is on hand at LABACE (Booth 1008) to demonstrate its new containerized refueling system (CRS). Known as “the Eagle,” the system is a portable, self-contained unit that can be easily transported by road, rail or water to remote areas.
At this year’s EAA AirVenture, Shell Aviation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the AeroShell Aerobatic team, with the opportunity to meet the team members every day at the company’s booth (Hangar C, Booth No. 3072) between 11 a.m. and noon for autographs to collect the free annual AeroShell Oshkosh poster and relax in the shaded AeroShell park. The company is running a contest for one lucky winner to fly with the Shell-sponsored team, with that winner to be announced on the main stage at Boeing Plaza on Thursday night, before the concert by Boogie and the Yo-Yoz.
Avfuel is once again sponsoring one of the most popular attractions at EAA AirVenture: the Boeing B-17 Yankee Girl, owned by the Michigan-based Yankee Air Museum. While nearly 13,000 of the four-engine World War II bombers were built, only 10 of them remain flyable today.
A new web-based portal to be launched in June will enable customers of BaseOps International to plan routes, file flight plans, access information such as Notams and aviation weather, and pre-arrange FBO services such as aircraft handling, fuel and crew needs, as well as concierge services, including hotels, rental cars and catering. BaseOps is a unit of World Fuel Services.
Brazil’s airports are standing by for a huge influx of executive aircraft as the FIFA soccer World Cup gets under way next month. Supporters, teams and other stakeholders will turn to business aircraft for transportation to and from Brazil, and also as a means of traveling around the country during the competition. Recognizing the need to meet the temporarily increased demands for fuel services, Air BP (Booth 634) has launched a number of initiatives to augment its well-established Brazilian fuel services.
Global fuel provider Avfuel is on hand at EBACE 2014 (Booth 4634) with nine distributors from Europe and North America, including some of its newest branded dealers. The company’s affiliated Avflight FBO network has just acquired the former Eurojet facility at George Best Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland, and the rebranded location–the company’s first outside the U.S.–will now participate in all company programs.
Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA), the aviation group that manages and owns the French airports Cannes Mandelieu, Saint-Tropez and Nice Cote d’Azur, tapped Air BP to be the sole fuel supplier at Cannes Mandelieu Airport, the companies announced today at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans.
World Fuel Services’ FlyBuys Rewards program offers incentives to schedulers, dispatchers and entire flight departments, not just pilots like other business and general aviation loyalty programs do.
Aviation fuel supplier Epic and U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation introduced a new Epic/Multi Service Aviation co-branded aviation services card today at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. According to the companies, the new card will be accepted globally via the Multi Service Aviation network starting in the first quarter.
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