Brazil’s airports are standing by for a huge influx of executive aircraft as the FIFA soccer World Cup gets under way next month. Supporters, teams and other stakeholders will turn to business aircraft for transportation to and from Brazil, and also as a means of traveling around the country during the competition. Recognizing the need to meet the temporarily increased demands for fuel services, Air BP (Booth 634) has launched a number of initiatives to augment its well-established Brazilian fuel services.
Air BP has launched the first direct cash-back reward card for the general aviation market. The Sterling Reward Prepaid Visa card will enable the fuel provider’s Sterling Card holders to earn money back on fuel purchases. The company is rolling out the program first for U.S. customers who can apply online. Customers who receive the card will receive one U.S. cent deposited back into the card for each gallon of fuel purchased from nearly any location that accepts the Sterling card worldwide.
Air BP has added fueling services for general and business aviation aircraft at two Spanish airports. At Palma de Mallorca’s airport, Air BP’s joint venture with Spanish fuel supplier SCLA will serve the island’s largest FBO, Mallorcair, 24 hours a day with dedicated Air BP staff and expanded refueling equipment. The company’s new installation at Don Quijote Airport near Toledo is GEN500 approved and JIG certified and is staffed by Air BP-trained employees. Both locations will accept the Air BP Jet Sterling Card.
Aviation fuel supplier Air BP (Stand 5004) has been active in Brazil since 2002, and has seen continuous expansion since. Hand-in-hand with a growth in fuel demand is a growing need for proficient refueling operators, and to satisfy those requirements Air BP is establishing an Operators University at Campo de San Marte. This will complement the existing Omega training product already offered by the company.
Moving on from the February dissolution of its licensing agreement with BP for use of the Air BP name, fuel distributor Epic Aviation expects to complete the rebranding of the former Air BP network of FBOs in the U.S. and Canada to its own Epic Aviation brand this summer.
The Oregon-based company’s recent alliance with flight-planning provider Universal Weather & Aviation will soon bear fruit. Next month, Epic will roll out a premier brand among its 300-plus affiliate FBOs known as the UV Air FBO Network, which will debut at more than 20 major gateway airports.
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.
BP has sold its share in Epic Aviation to Dallas-based aviation fuel services provider Downstream Aviation. Epic, which operates as Air BP Aviation Services, supports the fuel and business needs of the approximately 400 branded FBOs in the Air BP network. BP and Downstream have entered into an exclusive brand and supply agreement whereby Epic will continue to provide general aviation fuels under the Air BP brand in the U.S. and Canada.
Mike Delk has announced his retirement following 40 years leading Air BP Aviation Services (Booth No. 7903). In a release issued by Air BP, he said he intends to remain involved in the industry, but that he would like to spend more time with his family. Delk’s father bought what was the Valley Oil Company of Salem, Ore., in 1944, and later switched from producing home heating oil to avgas.
Air BP is giving customers the chance to win tickets to games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. Tickets will go to winners in a fantasy soccer competition in which competitors have to pick players from England’s Premier League and they score points based on the performance of these players in the current season.
Air BP Aviation Services has added five FBOs to its fuel dealer network, and all accept the Air BP Sterling Card. The new Air BP dealers are Altair Aviation, Laredo, Texas; Blair Airport near Blair, Neb.; Branson JetCenter at the new privately owned and funded Branson Airport in Missouri; Castle & Cooke’s Arlington, Wash. facility; and Five Star Jet Center at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, Mass.
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