Avcard, which claims to be the most widely used and accepted aviation credit card in the world, recently added the approximately 50 Shell Canada Aviation locations to its list of merchants who accept the card. Testing of the new acceptance procedures took place early last month and all Shell Canada Aviation locations are fully capable of Avcard electronic acceptance now.
Atlantic Aviation took the wraps off its Atlantic Awards program for jet flight crews. For every 100 gallons of jet fuel purchased at an Atlantic facility, the crewmember receives a certificate redeemable over the Internet for five dollars of “credit” applied to a prepaid American Express card in their name.
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.
Customers of Jeppesen World Fuel Services can now go online to view fuel prices and place orders at more than 1,500 locations worldwide. A new Web site provides price quotes, including taxes and fees, as well as pricing based on different uplift volumes. Users can store frequented destinations, search past fuel quotes and obtain the name of the into-plane provider.
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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.
U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation has created a co-branded affinity card for Van Nuys, Calif.-based The Air Group, designed to strengthen the charter operator’s brand identity and help identify its customers as members of its fuel program. Under the partnership, the Air Group can use Multi Service Aviation’s closed network of more than 7,000 merchants in 190 countries.
Fuel on Demand (www.fuelondemand. com), which debuted in November at the NBAA Convention, is a national program offering jet-A at “cost plus 25 cents per gallon” pricing, with no minimum or maximum purchase. The program is designed to provide participants lower and more predictable fuel prices compared with volume-based programs.
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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