Gazpromneft Aero and Latvian airline AirBaltic have signed a deal for refueling regular flights in Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Kaunas, Lithuania; and Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, Egypt. This is the first time that Gazpromneft Aero will be refueling the airline’s aircraft at Barcelona-El Prat airport, as well as Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris and Kaunas International Airport.
The contract is to last one year, and involves a tenfold increase of fueling operations for AirBaltic conducted via Gazpromneft Aero’s network outside Russia. The total volume of fuel to be supplied under the agreement will exceed seven thousand tons.
Gazpromneft Aero plans to expand its collaboration with AirBaltic in the long run. At present, the airline is developing a network of connecting flights through Riga to over sixty airports in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, the CIS, and the countries of the Middle East.
Gazpromneft Aero fuels AirBaltic flights abroad in partnership with direct aviation fuel suppliers, including the French company Air Total, the Portuguese company Galp Energia, as well as the Lithuanian fuel company Baltic Oil.
“We put great value into our partnership with AirBaltic, and are prepared to expand our interaction at airports in Russia and throughout the world. Working with direct fuel suppliers that lead foreign fuel supply markets makes guarantees an invariably high quality of services to our clients, timely refueling, and that the formula pricing principles will be effective at all airports where Gazpromneft Aero operates,” emphasized Gazpromneft Aero CEO Vladimir Yegorov.
Gazpromneft Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company has been providing aircraft refueling services and selling aviation fuel at airports since January 1, 2008. Since December 2008, Gazpromneft Aero has been a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the field of aviation fuel supply.
Gazpromneft Aero is the leading aviation fuel supplier on the Russian market in terms of its retail sales volume. The company utilizes “Green” technologies meaning that they meet the highest refueling operations safety level.
At present, Gazpromneft Aero’s network includes over 110 airports outside of Russia throughout the world.
Latvian airline A/S Air Baltic Corporation (AirBaltic) was founded in 1995. In 2012, AirBaltic carried over three million passengers. Also in 2012, AirBaltic won the International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR).