NBAA-BACE: World Fuel Services launches web-based platform to enhance FBO operations

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Global aviation fuel provider World Fuel Services has unveiled its fbo360 at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). The web-based platform is the next generation of FBO software providing FBOs with full 360-degree visibility across their entire operation in real-time on any web-enabled device.

“We listened and learned from the ongoing inputs of more than 100 FBOs who have and continue to participate in the development, usability testing and product design feedback,” said Steve Drzymalla, Senior Vice President, Business Aviation Bulk Fuel Sales, World Fuel Services, commenting on the new platform.

Offering access to instant information and better communication, fbo360 enables customer service representatives and line service managers to see the history of aircraft movement details and therefore a complete view of what’s on the ramp at any time. The platform’s mobile-responsive design helps FBOs to provide a better experience for their customers by allowing the FBO to manage on-the-go and reduce both radio traffic and customer wait times, enabling a faster checkout process.

As well as managing fuel inventory, line service personnel can use the tool to manage tasks, hangar reservations and aircraft inventory. It is 100% paperless and eliminates errors created by manual processes like scanning receipts and inputting tickets in multiple places. Other key features include the ability to manage multiple locations under one account and data transfer with third-party integrations.

“The strength of industry knowledge and the resources invested in developing fbo360 should show the market the commitment that World Fuel has to be an innovator and leader in the FBO software space for years to come,” added Drzymalla.

Farnborough offers ongoing supply of SAF for all aircraft

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Farnborough Airport in the UK has partnered with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel and World Fuel Services to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to all aircraft using the airport.

Having been named the world’s first carbon neutral business aviation airport in 2018, the ongoing availability of SAF at the airport allows the reduction of flying emissions by up to 80% and marks a significant next step in the airport’s work to support the decarbonisation of the wider aviation industry.

“The introduction of SAF at Farnborough Airport is a major milestone in our sustainability programme and we are pleased to be able to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel by working with our fuel provider World Fuel Services,” said Simon Geere, CEO, Farnborough Airport. “We are fully committed to a sustainable future and are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to make a greener choice and work with us to play an integral part in delivering against the UK Government’s targets for net-zero carbon emissions.”

In line with its status as a carbon neutral airport, Farnborough has reduced its controllable emissions by over 70% over the last 10 years and is committed to minimising its environmental impact and improving environmental performance throughout its operations.

Produced from 100% renewable and sustainable feedstock and residual raw materials such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste, the Neste MY SAF avaialable at Farnborough Airport reduces up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel over its lifecycle.

Commenting on the partnership with Farnborough and Neste, Duncan Storey, Vice President Supply Europe, World Fuel Services said: “World Fuel Services was the first company to have blended SAF in the UK and worked with Farnborough Airport to make SAF available during Europe’s inaugural SAF demonstration at EBACE 2019.”

He added, “we applaud Farnborough’s leadership in sustainability and look forward to continuing our relationship by delivering a regular SAF supply to the airport. World Fuel services remains committed to supporting Farnborough’s sustainability initiatives by providing carbon-reducing options for business aircraft and continuing to aid in the procurement of sustainable fuels.”

Clay Lacy’s Van Nuys and Orange County FBOs take delivery of SAF

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Clay Lacy Aviation has collaborated with World Fuel Services (SFS) and World Energy to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and as well as renewable diesel for ground support vehicles at both its Van Nuys and John Wayne Orange County FBOs in the US.

WFS  will begin monthly SAF deliveries to both locations this month, with 2021 deliveries forecast to total a minimum of 100,000 gallons. Produced by green energy solutions provider, World Energy, the SAF is produced from inedible agricultural wastes and is also certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. It reduces net greenhouse gasses by up to 80% and represents a reduction of approximately 192 tonnes of carbon this year, the equivalent of 475,000 miles driven by the average car.

“World fuel is a key partner in our sustainability strategy, implementing a broad range of initiatives to significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” said Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy’s SVP of Business Operations. “Developed in concert with their sustainability experts at World Kinnect Energy, our strategy also includes carbon offset programmes for aircraft management clients and Van Nuys and Orange County FBO customers, as well as remarkable energy and sustainable purchasing, construction and operating practices,” he continued.

In addition to the supply of SAF, World Fuel is also providing renewable diesel fuel to power Clay Lacy’s fuel trucks, GPUs, tugs and other ground support vehicles. Clay Lacy’s transition to renewable diesel will eliminate 64.5 tonnes of carbon in 2021, the equivalent of 8,225,828 smartphones charged.

“We are delighted to begin providing a regular supply of SAF and renewable diesel to both Clay Lacy FBOs,” said Darren Fuller, World Fuel Services. “Demand for SAF is growing and it is rewarding to work with Clay Lacy to help our industry achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2050”

Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer at World Energy added, “By making SAF accessible to the business jets flying out of their FBOs, Clay Lacy is leading a shift toward more sustainable operations and creating the opportunity for others to benefit from using cleaner fuels.”

The renewable diesel fuel for Clay Lacy’s ground support vehicles is made by hydrotreating non-petroleum-based feedstocks. Renewable diesel fuel burns cleanly and efficiently in all diesel engines with no modifications required to the motor or the vehicle. Nontoxic and biodegradable, renewable diesel has up to 80% lower carbon intensity than regular diesel.

World Fuel Service adds Gateway Aviation Windsor in Canada to its network

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Aviation fuel supplier, World Fuel Services, has grown its footprint in Canada with the addition of Gateway Aviation Windsor, it’s newest supplied FBO at Windsor International Airport (CYQG).

Operators flying in to the FBO will be able to refuel with Jet-A and 100LL and they will now benefit from World Fuel products and programmes. It’s an ideal base for those travelling in the northeast between Canada and the US, particularly the Detroit, Michigan area.

“From our modern facilities to our dedicated team members, customers an expect a first-rate experience when travelling through Gateway Aviation Windsor,” said Mike Hogan, General Manager, Gateway Aviation Windsor, referencing the new partnership. The FBO features modern passenger and crew facilities, 20,000 sq. ft. of heated hangar, luxurious conference room, roof terrace and type 4 de-icing availability.

Meanwhile, World Fuel Service’s Senior VP for business aviation bulk fuel, Steve Drzymall, said: “We welcome Gateway Aviation Windsor into the World Fuel Network family. Their operational expertise, dedicated customer service and world-class facilities create a premium experience for our flight department customers and cardholders travelling in the region.”

World Fuel Services expands network with four new locations

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World Fuel Services is expanding its network of supplied locations with the addition of Fly Jet Center and Beach Aviation Services at Myrtle Beach Airport, Grand Strand Airport and Conway-Horry County Airport and Huron Regional Airport.

All three of Beach Aviation Services locations (Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and Conway-Horry County) are situated close to South Carolina’s beautiful stretch of coastline, known as the Grand Strand. While Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand offer complete aircraft services with NATA-certified staff, Conway-Horry is the smaller of the three regional hubs and offers a complete line of aircraft services with NATA-certified staff.

“From our modern facilities to our dedicate team members, customers can expect a world-class experience when travelling through Beach Aviation Services. We look forward to our new relationship with World Fuel Services and the continued success of MYR and CRE as the premier general aviation gateway to coastal South Carolina,” said Scott Van Moppes, AAE Director of Airports, Beach Aviation Services.

Fly Jet Center’s Huron location in South Dakota meanwhile is a great destination for quick turn arounds. In addition to refuelling services Fly Jet Center offers pilot services, rental cars, catering, a heated hangar, ground handling and a private jet charter service.

Commenting that, “Air travel has become ever more utilised as a primary means of transport, bringing business, people and ideas to other’s doorsteps,” Matt Holtzen, Fly Jet Center’s President added that the agreement with World Fuel Services will “ensure our continued success.”

Meanwhile, Steve Drzymall, Senior VP for Business Aviation Bulk Fuel, World Fuel Services stated: “These new locations will provide our flight department customers and cardholders with exceptional facilities and customer service for anyone travelling to these regions.