Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of the Gazprom Neft aviation refuelling business, and air carrier Sibir (S7) are the first companies in Russia to combine capabilities for electronic document management (EDM) in line with International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards.
Gazpromneft-Aero specialists are members of the IATA Fuel Data Standards Group (IATA FDSG) developing digital standards in aviation refuelling. New electronic formats are making possible significant reductions in man hours, as well as speeding up document flow thanks to aviation refuelling support operations being undertaken online, in real time.
Pursuant to Russian legislation, electronic documentation — including the universal transfer document and IATA invoice, both used worldwide — can be signed by digital signatures and transferred through EDM systems. On that basis, airlines have the opportunity to receive information in a universal format from both Russian and international fuel suppliers. The IATA-standard digital invoice allows aviation companies to allocate costs for individual flights, planes, airports, fuel and services.
The introduction of modern information systems and common data interchange formats in the aviation industry facilitates to increase competitiveness, reduce costs, speed up airlines’ and suppliers’ responses to market conditions, and allow customers to be offered new services, as well as opportunities for managing refuelling operations at hundreds of airports“
Vladimir Egorov, CEO, Gazpromneft-Aero, commented: “Cutting-edge data interchange formats, replacing paper-based media — that’s the future for the aviation refuelling industry. We are the first in Russia to develop and implement these technologies. Gazpromneft-Aero is ready to offer members of Russia’s aviation industry a step-by-step algorithm for transitioning to international standards in electronic data interchange (EDI) to improve efficiency and speed in aviation refuelling.”
Vladimir Obyedkov, General Director, S7 Airlines, added: “S7 Airlines is constantly implementing cutting-edge technologies, both for passengers — offering new services, and travel in still greater comfort — and in business processes. This new standard, put forward by IATA, means aviation companies can obtain all data from their suppliers in a single, convenient format, saving time — something that makes S7 Airlines’ operations more effective. S7 Airlines is the first aviation company in Russia to move over to this new format for exchanging financial documentation with a Russian aviation fuel supplier, but we already see its advantage in the airline’s operations.”