Gazpromneft-Aero and Latvian carrier airBaltic have concluded a long-term agreement (to run for a period of two years) on the refuelling of its new scheduled flights between Riga and Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. Flights on this route commenced in November 2014, running five times a week on Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. Thanks to this new agreement, Gazpromneft-Aero’s supplies to airBaltic at Moscow airports have increased two-fold since September 2014, to 3,000 tonnes of aviation fuels per year.
This latter agreement is the second to be signed between Gazpromneft-Aero and airBaltic regarding refuelling at Moscow airports. Under an existing contract, to 2016, the company is also responsible for refuelling of the carrier’s aircraft at Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Cooperation between the two companies is also being extended internationally, with Gazpromneft-Aero continuing to provide refuelling services at the international airports of El Prat (Barcelona) and Charles de Gaulle (Paris) throughout 2015.
Gazpromneft-Aero also plans to further extend its collaboration with airBaltic in the long term. The carrier is currently developing a network of connecting flights via Riga to more than 60 airports located in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, the CIS, and the countries of the Middle East.
Gazpromneft-Aero CEO Vladimir Egorov commented: “We place a very high value on our partnership with airBaltic and are ready to extend our collaboration at airports throughout Russia and the world. The signing of a new long-term contract for refuelling at Vnukovo is testament to the quality of our services on the part of our international partners. Gazpromneft Aero guarantees carriers a high-quality service, timely refuelling, and an adherence to the principle of pricing services appropriate to the various airports in which the company operates.”
Gazpromneft-Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company has been in business since 1 January 2008, specialising in aircraft refuelling and the “wing-tip” supply of aviation fuels. Gazpromneft Aero has been an aviation-fuel strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since December 2008. Gazpromneft Aero holds a leading position in the Russian market in terms of total sales volumes of aviation fuels. The company’s use of technology ensures its full compliance with the highest standards in refuelling operations, i.e. “Green”. Today the Gazpromneft Aero international network includes more than 140 airports throughout the world.
Latvian aviation company Air Baltic Corporation (airBaltic) was established in 1995. The company carried more than 2.95 million passengers in 2013. In 2012 airBaltic was counted among the 10 most innovative aviation companies in the world. It was the first European aviation company to offer flights on planes equipped with high-ecology turboprop engines complete with satellite navigation.
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