Flexjet is offering new and existing customers free fuel when they purchase fractional shares from now until April 30. Customers purchasing a one-sixteenth share in a Learjet will receive a credit of 12 hours of free fuel; a similar share in a Challenger earns a 25-hour fuel credit. According to Flexjet, the credit, which includes fuel component adjustments and federal excise taxes, is based on published rates on the day of contract closing and will be applied to the fuel surcharges per hour flown.
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Fuel supplier BP announced today that it has ended its licensing agreement with Epic Aviation, its exclusive North American licensee for the Air BP brand, which distributes fuel to approximately 350 FBOs in North America. According to the announcement, BP intends to enter the U.S. general aviation business as a direct fuel supplier to FBOs.
The Line Shack, an already popular stop for military helicopter cross-country hops, has been awarded a contract to fuel government aircraft. Located at Ardmore Airpark in Oklahoma, and pretty much in the geographic center of the country, it is known for its rustic appearance and museum dedicated to the thousands of airmen who trained at the facility during World War II.
Houston-based fuel provider Phillips 66 has added 85 former Exxon dealers to its network, bringing its total number of branded FBOs to 866 nationwide. The new locations, situated mainly on the West Coast, will be served by distributor World Fuel Services and participate in the Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards program.
Ruag Aviation is expanding its FBO activities to Switzerland’s Lugano Airport by partnering with E Aviation Lugano, the local FBO provider. With Ruag’s strong footprint in maintenance and aircraft, the two companies now offer an array of services at Lugano, ranging from passenger and crew services to technical assistance and line maintenance services. The companies believe that Lugano Airport will be the business aviation hub for northern Italy. Ruag also has an FBO at Geneva Airport.
Stratosphere Fuel is launching a fuel-discount and flight-handling program in partnership with JetEx Flight Support. Dubbed Strat Fuel and aimed at Part 135 charter operators and Part 91 corporate flight departments, the program will offer “highly competitive” fuel and handling services for domestic and international flight operations. Strat Fuel’s official launch will be at the NBAA Scheduler & Dispatchers Conference in San Diego, which starts January 15. The program costs $1,200 annually and $100 per month per airplane.
Fuel pricing software provider FuelerLinx has released a new mobile app of its product for the iPhone and iPad, making the company’s fuel buying service available to both pilots on the road and scheduler/dispatchers in the hangar.
In a letter to DOT general counsel Robert Rivkin, NATA president and CEO James Coyne asked for federal intervention in a lawsuit filed by San Francisco-based Center for Environmental Health.
The FAA is awarding a total of $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies–Honeywell UOP, LanzaTech, Virent Energy Systems, Velocys, Honeywell Aerospace, Metron Aviation, Futurepast: Inc. and Life Cycle Associates–to help advance alternative commercial jet fuels.
Virgin Atlantic last Wednesday announced plans to become the first airline to use a new low-carbon aviation biofuel that leaves just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative. New Zealand’s LanzaTech plans to produce the new fuel using a process that captures waste gases from industrial steel production, ferments it and chemically converts it for use as a jet fuel, using technology developed by Swedish Biofuels.