Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has its award-winning Airfield Automation digital technology live at 300 network locations across 28 countries in four continents, with Magdeburg City Airport (ZMG/EDBM) the 300th location to implement the technology. Since launching in May 2018, over one million fuellings have been processed using Airfield Automation.
Designed to enhance safety and reliability in airport fuelling operations, Airfield Automation has been well received by operators who have reported increased speed, accuracy and efficiency in refuelling. For example, the time taken to get
fuelling data into the system has reduced by 95%1 in Portugal, one of the first countries where rollout took place. Another example of the efficiency this brings to customers is that requests for copies of delivery tickets can be responded to immediately without, in most instances, requiring action from the airport.
Air bp’s Airfield Automation safe2go technology, deployed at over 125 of the locations, is a pioneer in the
provision of an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuelling. It consolidates the data related to airport fuelling operations and verifies fuelling requirements via an app on a handheld device in the fuelling vehicle.
Aircraft operators will also benefit from the rollout of new services recently added to the platform which give the opportunity to further enhance efficiency. These include the real-time two-way connection between flight crew and fuel operator during the aircraft turnaround at the airfield which trials have shown result in a 15 - 30% reduction in the refuelling time2. From receiving the preliminary order through to a revised final order, concluding with an electronic ticket sign off, the service provides instant visibility and more efficient refuelling operations.
Olivia Stone, vice president technical services and HSSE, Air bp said:
Valerio Ferro, vice president sales and marketing, Air bp, adds:
Air bp’s Airfield Automation received the Excellence in Application Modernisation Award and the Product Innovation Award and was declared the Overall Winner at the 2020 UK Real IT Awards.
1 Time taken for fuelling data to be captured in systems – average for Portugal fuellings in 2016 vs 2020
2 Trial data from 70 short-haul aircraft fuellings
About Air bp:
As the aviation division of bp, Air bp is one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. It has been
investing in the aviation industry for more than 90 years to keep people flying safely around the world. In 2019 we supplied over 6.7 billion gallons of aviation fuel, fuelling over 7,000 flights per day at over 700 locations in more than 55 countries – that’s more than five planes a minute.
Its customers include commercial airlines, the military, business and private aircraft owners, airports and airfield operators. Air bp has a wide range of services to support its fuel offer including the design, build and operation of fueling facilities, technical consultancy and training, low carbon solutions, the Sterling Card for efficient general aviation refueling and innovative digital platforms to increase efficiency and reduce risk. As the aviation division of bp, Air bp is one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. It has been investing in the aviation industry for more than 90 years to keep people flying safely around the world. In 2019 we supplied over 6.7 billion gallons of aviation fuel, fuelling over 7,000 flights per day at over 800 locations in more than 55 countries – that’s more than five planes a minute.