Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
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Signature Flight Support launched a new program, dubbed Signature Select, that allows independent FBOs to use its same systems, service and safety standards, training, sales, marketing and purchasing power. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge, Signature said.
TAG Aviation expects to complete construction of a new three-bay hangar complex at the London-area Farnborough Airport next month. The new structure doubles available hangar space by adding 120,000 sq ft and takes TAG’s total investment in the site well beyond $150 million.
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel has added the first branded dealer outside North America to its network. The Michigan-based company has partnered with George Best Belfast City Airport and its Eurojet Aviation FBO to provide additional fuel and purchasing options at the airport. Traditionally European airports typically have only one fuel supplier, but the management at Belfast City believes the introduction of Avfuel could have benefits.
San Diego-based SG Biofuels (SGB) announced today it has teamed with JetBio–an initiative that includes Airbus, the Inter-American Development Bank, Bioventures Brasil, Rio Pardo Bioenergia, Air BP and TAM Airlines–to accelerate the production of crude jatropha oil as a source for biojet fuel in Brazil.
Continuing the recent trend of major oil companies scaling back their general aviation commitments, ExxonMobil announced it has decided to cease providing general aviation fuels in the U.S. The fuel conglomerate stated the move “pertains only to its U.S.
Most major U.S. airlines stayed profitable in the second quarter despite dramatically higher fuel costs. Delta, United Continental, US Airways, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all reported quarterly profit in earnings releases late last month. An exception was American Airlines, which reported a net loss of $286 million blamed in large part on fuel prices. The story sounded similar across the Atlantic.
A revised specification issued by standards organization ASTM International establishes requirements for the use of biofuel blends in conventional jet fuel, facilitating wider use of cleaner-burning “renewable” fuels made from plants.
ExxonMobil confirmed to AIN that it has decided to exit the general aviation fuels business in the U.S. and dissolve its network of Avitat-branded FBOs.
Fuel purchasing software developer FuelerLinx has launched the newest version of its fuel data tracking program. FuelerLinx 4.0 offers users networking capabilities in an application for mobile devices that allows for in-travel price comparisons.