Gazpromneft-Aero has begun fuelling French airline Aigle Azur's first flights between France and Russia, after signing a strategic partnership with Air Total International SA in 2011 which allows the partners to use each other’s airport facilities. Flights are operated on the Moscow (Vnukovo) - Paris (Orly) route.
Vladimir Yegorov, CEO of Gazpromneft-Aero, commented: “Supplying Aigle Azur is the next step in the development of our collaboration with Air Total International SA and strengthens Gazpromneft-Aero’s position in the global jet fuel supply market. This partnership is testament to our ability to offer international airlines the best long-term agreements to supply fuel in Russia and abroad.”
Isabelle Patrier, Chairman and CEO of Air Total International, said: “Air Total International is a major supplier of jet fuel in Africa and Europe. The beginning of operations with Aigle Azur in Moscow definitely signifies an important step forward in the expansion of our jet fuel supply network. We look forward to further develop our cooperation for the mutual benefits of our companies and their respective customers.”
Gazpromneft-Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company is the industry leader in the Russian jet fuel market. The company has its own chain of refuelling facilities and is the biggest retail chain in Russia by total into-wing aviation kerosene delivered. In 2011, Gazpromneft-Aero increased its retail sales of aviation kerosene by 53% year-on-year.
The company has operated as an aircraft fuel provider and supplier of into-wing refuelling services since 1 January 2008. Gazpromneft Aero has been a strategic aviation fuel supply partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since December 2008.
Gazpromneft-Aero recently became one of the first aviation fuel companies in Russia to take out third party liability and environmental damage insurance. The policy covers all of the company’s global assets, with a maximum insurance payout of $500 million per insured event.
Air Total International SA Company has been operating for more than 50 years since its creation in 1957. Today, Air Total is represented in more than 270 airports and 70 countries. The company employs over 1,000 employees worldwide and is among the largest worldwide suppliers of jet fuel and related services.
Société Aigle Azur Transports Aériens is a French airline founded in 1946. It’s main base is Orly Airport , Paris. Aigle Azur is a IATA member certified IOSA. The airline operates flights to more than 30 destinations in Algeria, Portugal, Tunisia, Mali and Russia. The company’s fleet consists of 12 aircrafts including 4 Airbus A319, 4 Airbus A320 & 4 Airbus A321.";s:4:"TYPE";s:4:"html";}