ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Gazpromneft-Aero, the operator of Gazprom Neft's aviation fuel business, and leading global supplier of aviation fuels Shell Aviation signed an agreement that will allow partner airline companies of Gazpromneft-Aero to refuel at airports where Shell operates a jet fuelling business, benefiting from Shell Aviation's global network.
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The agreement will allow Gazpromneft-Aero to provide its partner airlines with greater cooperation and a high level of service in foreign airports across the world.
"Cooperation with Shell Aviation which has a strong focus on operational excellence and customer satisfaction is an important step in the development of international business of Gazpromneftt-Aero. Airlines that have framework agreements with our company will receive timely refills of quality fuel, guaranteed high level services at airports around the world, as well as transparent pricing conditions, even in the high season of passenger traffic. I am confident that airline partners will appreciate the new features introduced in connection with the expansion of the geography of cooperation with Gazpromneft-Aero, which will strengthen the company's position in the international market ", - said General Director of Gazpromneft-Aero Vladimir Yegorov.
Xinsheng (Sheng) Zhang, Vice-President of Shell Aviation, said "We are pleased by this new agreement and to collaborate with Gazpromneft-Aero in the further strengthening of its international business. We look forward to serving Gazpromneft-Aero customers through our global network, where they will be able to benefit from Shell Aviation's high level of operational excellence, technology innovation, industry-leading standards on safety and fuels quality, and the support of our professional teams across the world."
Based on the results of 2013, Gazpromneft-Aero has confirmed its status as the leader on the Russian aviation fuel market in terms of retail sales volume. The total volume of the company's aviation fuel sales amounted to 3.4 million tons, of which more than 2.2 million tons were fuelled "in-wing" - up 16% from 2012. The company also has the largest distribution network in the Russian market, which includes 37 fueling complexes.
Gazpromneft-Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company has been carrying out aircraft refuelling and "into-plane" aviation fuel sales since January 1, 2008. Gazpromneft-Aero has been a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in supplying aviation fuel since December 2008.