It goes without saying that the development of the Internet is one of the most significant achievements in history. The ability to mass communicate without geographic or time limitations allows even the smallest company to have international market potential at practically no cost. Yet while a company such as eBay, the online auction Web site, has capitalized on the Internet’s potential, aviation has yet to fully embrace it.
Piedmont Aircraft has sold 24 pre-owned business airplanes since its official launch earlier this year, proving that “even in this market, which is one of the toughest markets we have seen in years, there are buyers out there,” said Piedmont CEO Tom Mekis.
FBOs and aviation service providers will soon have to stop using credit card processing services that are not compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Council’s new payment application data security standard (PA-DSS), according to FBO software company Horizon Business Concepts of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Cessna Citation factory-owned service centers in the U.S. are now accepting Avfuel charge cards and Cessna contract fuel cards from Avfuel, an independent supplier of aviation fuels and services. “We are pleased to offer the additional convenience of Avfuel charge cards to thousands of Citation customers using our company service centers in the U.S.,” said Cessna vice president of service facilities Stan Younger.
If dealing with the price of fuel consumes more of your time than any other facet of running your flight department, Everest Aviation Resources has a solution. “We’re a fuel management company,” Noel Donald, president and CEO of the Baytown, Texas company, told NBAA Convention News.
A Sentient Flight Group executive told AIN today that the funding round referenced in yesterday’s issue of AINalerts (click here for story) has closed, putting the company on a more stable financial footing.
FlyEmbraer (www.flyembraer.com) is a new Internet portal that the Brazilian manufacturer has launched to provide after-sales services and customer support. FlyEmbraer was developed to offer clients user-oriented tools and online data to support aircraft fleet operations.
Baseops International announced today that it is waiving its $85 ground handling fees at all Premier Affiliate locations to encourage flight crews and passengers to experience their service.
Two new programs designed to enhance FBO operations have been inaugurated by Chevron Aviation. One of these, called TotalGA, is designed to be a private online fuel ordering marketplace for customers. The other, the Alliance Program, is a purchase card designed to enhance the ability of FBOs and flight departments to buy Chevron products and services and access accounting data.
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.