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.
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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.
Honeywell’s corporate Gulfstream G450 made bizav history when it landed at Le Bourget in time for the Paris Air Show after the first transatlantic flight using biofuel, a trip that resulted in net equivalent savings for the seven-hour flight of roughly 5.5 metric tons of CO2.
Aviation fuels provider Avfuel has added North Philadelphia Jet Center and the Kearney Aviation Center as branded Avfuel dealers. North Philadelphia Jet Center, located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, provides ground support, transportation, overnight hangar rentals and tiedowns, in addition to such crew amenities as a pilot’s lounge, pool table, a rooftop hot tub and patio area as well as snooze rooms, showers and kitchen facilities.
At least six aviation services providers have expressed interest in taking over management of the FBO at the UK’s Cambridge Airport, according to the airport authorities. The FBO offers extensive business facilities, boardroom options, VIP hospitality and crew rest facilities. The airport’s 6,447-foot runway can accommodate aircraft up to a Boeing 757 or Airbus A320.
Two years ago at the last Paris Air Show, jet biofuels were just talked about, but at the airshow this week they appear to have come of age. On Saturday, Honeywell made history by landing a Gulfstream G450 at Paris Le Bourget after the first transatlantic flight using a blend of biofuel and jet-A.
The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed here at Paris Le Bourget Airport yesterday at 5:35 p.m., after completing the first transatlantic flight of a commercial airliner powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation biofuel.
AvFuel has added a trio of new locations to its distribution network. In Morgantown, W.Va., Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) operates the recently remodeled FBO, which provides ground services, aircraft ground handling, fuel and oil sales, hangar and tie-down space and pilot planning services. The airport features a 5,100-foot-long runway and FAA-contracted control tower and can accommodate large aircraft as well as small.