Welcome to the new year, a new decade and a new issue of Sterling Card newsletter. We’ve got plenty to update you on and plenty to look forward to in the coming months. In this issue find out about BP’s bold new vision from Bernard Looney, Samantha Webb explores whether carbon offsetting addresses flight shaming and Alisdair Clarke explains the differences between jet fuel and diesel. We’re also delighted to have renewed our contract to supply fuel and services at Évora Airport in Portugal and to have signed an agreement with BAA Training to bulk supply UL91 in Spain.
Plus, we’re busy attending and supporting aviation events in London, Friedrichshafen and Addis Ababa over the next month with a strong focus on sustainability. So, we look forward to seeing you out and about.
It certainly feels like 2019 has passed in the blink of an eye. And as the decade draws to a close Jon Platt, Air BP’s CEO reveals his highlights from the last 12 months and why sustainability is one of the most significant industry challenges. We hear more from Jon as he discusses his BP career spanning 30 years with Amanda Jones, who uncovers a few surprises! She also takes time out with daredevil Elias Sofianos, who’s Superior Air’s CEO and former head of the Hellenic Airforce Training Academy.
Find out how we’ve been part of Manchester Airport’s £1bn transformation and how we’re changing the lives of refugees in Greece. Plus, Airfield Automation rolls out in Greece and Brazil. In our final news of the decade we’re delighted to announce that UL91 is now available in Lubeck. And Västerås in Sweden joins our network. Our fuel promotions at Milan Linate and Tel Aviv continue throughout December.
All that remains is to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season with your family and friends.
From this month until the end of the year we have a fantastic 20% off fuel at Milan Linate Airport and until the end of February 10cpg off fuel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. You can also find out how we’re expanding our global network in Spain and Argentina. Plus, our top global safety expert Didier Gaudillat discusses safety and asks if it can increase efficiency in the fuelling process. On the topic of fuelling we also explain why we never recommend filling up with Mogas.
We also discuss the changes to myinvoice that are launching at the end of year. Meanwhile, Amanda Jones catches up with Pegasus Aero Group’s vice president, Gustavo Almagro Morales. He reveals why safe, reliable fuelling is critical to his business and spills the beans on the daredevil antics of his aerobatic pilot father, Sebastián Almagro. Finally, this month we’ll be at Dubai Airshow from 17-21 November, so come and meet us there.
If you’ve ever wondered why we operate a ‘no decal no fuel’ policy, Kerry Rutherford explains all. It’s not every day you get the chance to sit down with a British Air Racing Champion, but in this month’s newsletter Amanda Jones did just that when she met up with Sterling Card customer, Martin Gosling. We also hear from Suzanne Rayner, Air BP’s GA account manager, UK, to find out more about her work with SaxonAir. Plus, we’re delighted to introduce our fifth Sterling Pilot Scholar and there are also exciting updates from across our global network including the introduction of UL91 at Hannover.
This month we answer your questions on what exactly is sustainable aviation fuel? And if you’re heading to Venice in Italy you’ll be pleased to hear that we’re offering 20% off fuel at Marco Polo Airport throughout September. In other news, we’re very proud of our Air BP team keeping Beira Airport open after Cyclone Idai despite very challenging personal circumstances. September also signals the last ever Red Bull Air Race World Championship, with pilots battling it out to be named the 2019 World Champion in Chiba, Japan (7-8 September).
This month we head back to the future to find out how fuelling has evolved over the last century and explore what’s in store for the industry going forward. We also report from the last ever European Red Bull Air Race. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to attend one of the nail-biting World Championships? Then check out what some of our lucky prize-winning customers got up to when they attended the event in Hungary last month alongside Air BP GA account manager, Laszlo Filep.
There is plenty to update you on this month how we are committed to increasing the supply and delivery of sustainable aviation fuel and how we are strengthening our ties with London Biggin Hill. Plus, with various events taking place at locations across our network throughout June, we shine the spotlight on Paris-Pontoise in France, as well as La Perdiz and Madrid in Spain. You can also find out more about Ocaña Airport where future Red Bull Air Race World Champions underwent intensive training sessions last month.
Ahead of the peak holiday season you can find out how we have improved our jet fuel pricing at our Italian locations and are continuing our collaboration with leading helicopter manufacturer, Leonardo. We also touch down at Belfast International, Paris-Pontoise and Cannes-Mandelieu and there is also a helpful reminder of alternative London locations during the closure of Northolt.
As well as welcoming two new locations to our global network this month, we are also shining the spotlight on one of our most popular destinations in Spain, as we head to Barcelona-El Prat just in time for the Spanish Grand Prix. We also reveal how we have rolled out Airfield Automation at our first Australian location and strengthened our relationships with the UK’s air ambulance services.
We touch down in Cannes on the French Riviera for an exciting lineup of events. You can also find out where we have recently launched our Airfield Automation technology across nine locations in Mozambique and South Africa. And if you are heading to Rio for carnival or simply to make the most of this vibrant city, then take your pick from Santos Dumont and Galeão International Airport.
This month marks the start of the 2019 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. We touch down in Abu Dhabi for the first race of the season and find out what gives Red Bull Air Race pilots their high-flying edge. Meanwhile this month started with the Schedulers and Dispatchers conference in San Antonio, US and we are looking forward to attending Aviation Africa in Rwanda at the end of February.