In a world of accelerating Internet and Wi-Fi costs, Satcom1 is putting on the brakes. For a long time, said the Danish satellite systems provider (Booth No. 1891), owners and operators have been “immensely bothered” by the fact that they have to spend an excessive amount of additional man-hours tracking months of SwiftBroadband Internet usage on board the aircraft in order to bill the charter customer. The process, the company added, has led to additional expenses for both the financial as well as operations departments.
With increasing visibility outside North America, operating more than 3,500 locations worldwide, Avfuel (Stand 456) claims that growing availability of its contract fuel service ensures that corporate flight departments are able to buy fuel at competitive prices no matter where they fly. In addition to boasting a growing network of its outlets, the U.S.-based group provides automated billing to streamline transactions.
Taxes. I would like to pay fewer taxes, or none at all, but I accept why societies need them. I know some folks think we should do away with taxes altogether, but I can’t see how that could work. Like death, taxes are inevitable. On that cheery note, there is one tax I believe the aviation community needs to keep and support, if for no reason other than to avoid its alternative. The tax is the one on aviation fuel; its alternative is user fees.
In October, oil companies Chevron Global Aviation and Phillips 66 Aviation announced new rewards programs for fuel buyers, which allow flight operations to give the rewards to any employee instead of limiting rewards to pilots. Rewards in the new programs are merchandise cards and in Chevron’s case gas cards as well.
Phillips 66 Aviation has launched a reward program for buyers of Phillips 66 fuel, with an added bonus of double rewards when buyers use their Phillips 66 Aviation credit card. The new WingPoints program is flexible in that rewards are in the form of debit or gift cards usable at dozens of retailers, and the rewards can be given to anyone in the fuel-buying company.
A marathon may be a grueling 26-mile race, but Marathon Flight Services in Kissimmee, Fla., has a new tool to help aircraft operators sprint through the billing process. Developed in conjunction with Conoco-Phillips 66 and Cornerstone Logic, the Prism credit-card processing software eliminates the need to reenter credit information two and sometimes three times.
Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) provides avionics sales, service, installation and integration for private, corporate and commercial aviation. Located at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, the firm specializes in TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS and RVSM as well as other types of airborne communication, cabin entertainment systems and applications.
FBO Manager software has been recertified to honor ExxonMobil credit cards. Since August 2000, ExxonMobil card customers used traditional phone lines for their transactions. The new system supports all the cards’ features, including the company’s new Pilots Rewards Plus loyalty program.
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.