ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Gazpromneft-Aero, the operator of Gazprom Neft's aviation fuel business, has increased the monthly refueling volume of Star Alliance Group in Russia by 50% since July 2014, to more than 7,000 tons. This growth has been achieved due to entering into long-term agreements for into-plane refueling of regular flights with Lufthansa, Air China and SAS airlines at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
Currently Gazpromneft-Aero also refuels the aircraft of Star Alliance Group airlines at the Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg and Emelyanovo Airport in Krasnoyarsk.
Before the refuelling of Air China, Lufthansa and SAS airlines began, the Gazpromneft-Aero fueling complex at Sheremetyevo international airport was inspected by representatives of the Star Alliance Group. The experts confirmed that the fueling complex had both a high level of operating safety and strong environmental safeguards, providing for refueling of aircraft without limitations.
The General Director of Gazpromneft-Aero, Vladimir Egorov stated: "I am sure that cooperation with the Star Alliance Group Airlines - the largest aviation alliance in the world - will both support the improvement of domestic standards of aviation fuel supplies and strengthen the position of Gazpromneft-Aero on the international market."
"We are happy to continue the strong business relationship with Gazpromneft-Aero, which has been growing steadily over the recent years" said Torsten Luft, Vice President of Lufthansa.
Based on the results of 2013, Gazpromneft-Aero has confirmed its status as the leader on the Russian aviation fuel market in terms of retail sales volume. The total volume of the company's aviation fuel sales amounted to 3.4 million tons, of which more than 2.2 million tons were fuelled "in-wing" - up 16% from 2012. The company also has the largest distribution network in the Russian market, which includes 37 fueling complexes.
Gazpromneft-Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. The company has been carrying out aircraft refuelling and "into-plane" aviation fuel sales since January 1, 2008. Gazpromneft-Aero has been a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in supplying aviation fuel since December 2008.