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Air BP ramps up for Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics

Release date:
20 May 2016
An Air BP tanker driver under the wing of an A320 aircraft at Galeao Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is ramping up its commercial and general aviation fuel operations ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games (5th-21st August) and Paralympic Games (7-18th September) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


To bolster an already robust Brazilian fuel service, the company is introducing a number of Games specific offers and services. Air BP will also allocate extra operational resources to meet the anticipated heightened demand during the Games period.


Recognising the importance of convenient and efficient turnarounds, the Air BP Fast Track Fuel Service Guarantee will be re-introduced for general aviation (GA) traffic at Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG/SBGL) and Cabo Frio International Airport (CFB/SBCB).


The Fast-Track offering guarantees refuellers can attend to a client’s aircraft within twenty minutes of landing, providing the arrival airport is given three hours’ notice. This was first offered during the World Cup of 2014 and was extremely successful with the GA community appreciating the quick and efficient refuelling option.


Alternatively, for those that can plan further ahead, GA flight crew can book a pre-determined fuelling time that suits the pilots’ and passengers’ flight schedule. To support owners, operators and flight departments, Air BP will offer a discounted fuel price throughout the Games period to encourage GA traffic to utilise the less busy alternative Rio airport of Cabo Frio. Equally, Sterling Card customers can maximise the benefits of using their card for fuel purchases at both the GIG and CFB locations.


At GIG, commercial aviation customers will also benefit from IATA Level III panel operations which offer the highest level of fuel delivery services available from Air BP representatives as well as ensure convenience and time-saving when refuelling.


We are excited to play our part during the Games and look forward to welcoming all our general and commercial aviation customers to our Brazilian locations. With the additional resources provided by a strengthened, expanded operations team in Rio we can cater for all our customers’ fuelling needs, in addition to maintaining the standards expected of Air BP for all our customers. We will be drawing upon our operational know-how to ensure a seamless service for this major international event. With that in mind, we do urge customers to act now and pre-advise us if they plan to visit.Ricardo PaganiniAir BP Brazil Director


With the combination of a dedicated general aviation operation at Air BP’s GIG and CFB locations, the high service levels for commercial aviation, the scaled up operational team and the additional services, Air BP is aiming to provide a seamless service to arriving and departing aircraft at what are anticipated to be the busiest airports during the Games.

Editor's notes - about Air BP

  • As the aviation division of BP, Air BP is one of the world's largest suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. It currently supplies over seven billion gallons of jet kerosene and aviation gasoline to its customers across the globe each year.
  • Through its direct operations, Air BP fueled more than 6,000 flights every day – that’s over four aircraft every minute or one every 15 seconds. The company operates at more than 700 global locations in over 50 countries serving customers from the private pilot to some of the world’s largest airlines.
  • Air BP’s technical and operations experts provide a complete aviation fuel consultancy service, including the design, build and operation of aviation fuelling facilities, to help customers protect their operations and manage risks.
  • Customers range from domestic and international airlines, the military, business and private aircraft owners, as well as international airports and airfield operators.
  • Air BP’s services for the General Aviation and Business Aviation sector include the Sterling Card, which can be used throughout the global network, including self-serve locations, providing easy access to fuel for thousands of Air BP clients including private pilots, aircraft management companies and corporate flight departments. Air BP’s card programmes were introduced in 1993 to bridge the gap between airline, general business and private aviation customers as an easy means of payment for aviation fuel on an as needed basis.
  • The BP Group has nearly 60 years’ experience in Brazil and currently employs around 7,000 people in 15 states and Federal District. Besides the aviation fuel business, BP Group companies operate in the oil and natural gas sector, the biofuels industry and the lubricants and marine fuels markets. Visit: www.bp.com.br for more information about BP businesses in Brazil.

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