Alaskan and Gulf Coast helo giant Era Aviation has entered the airline age with its recent signing of a five-year contract for use of Airline Automation Inc.’s (AAI) Internet booking engine and related services–in other words a complete airline-style carrier reservation system.
Mercury Air Center in conjunction with GE Capital Financial and Aviation Logistics has developed a MasterCard purchase program for business aviation operators. The Mercury Easy Trip card is designed to replace the multiple charge cards now carried by flight crews. The card is good for all trip transactions at any FBO, not just Mercury locations.
Van Isle Avionics is now accepting the Multi Service Card for payment. According to the Abbotsford, B.C. company, it is the first service-support provider in Canada–and one of the initial few around the world–to agree to accept the credit card for maintenance work. The card has traditionally been used for FBO services and products such as fuel, ramp charges, air navigation and airport fees and catering.
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission requirements will again change. Effective on or about October 4, commercial operators must make an APIS transmission using the UN-EDIFACT format, which captures additional passenger information. The NBAA APIS submission service does not use this format and as of that date will no longer be available.
The airline industry should take a shared approach to customer IT systems to meet the twin challenges of increasing financial pressures and rising customer expectations, according to a new report sponsored by global distribution system operator Amadeus. The two main Star Alliance partner airlines have endorsed that view with their selection of a common IT platform to support their customer transactions.
Garuda Indonesia is set to be the first airline to switch its core information technology systems to the Future Airline Core Environment (FACE) from Lufthansa Systems, and the two companies have established a software joint venture in Jakarta.
AvFuel Corporation (Booth No. 1115) now offers its customers three convenient ways to purchase fuel at sales outlets: with a fuel card at the point of purchase, by arrangement over the phone before the flight or, as a new alternative, via the Internet at www.avfuel.com. The service is limited to North America for the time being.
Airport information provider AirNav is launching AirBoss, a new fuel card membership service that is open to pilots and FBOs. For pilots, annual membership costs $39 (100 octane) or $79 (100-octane and jet-A) and provides discounted fuel at AirBoss FBOs. FBOs don’t pay a fee to join AirBoss but must advertise on AirNav’s online airport database.
In addition to payment at the point of purchase and by arrangement over the phone before departure of the flight, customers can now provide payment online at www.avfuel.com. At more than 400 participating locations in the U.S., Canada and the U.S., Avfuel cardholders will receive a discount by purchasing fuel via the Web site.
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