ON DECEMBER 8 Shell Aviation (SAV) announced it has begun refuelling aircraft at Roskilde Airport (IATA RKE), a business aviation hub situated 30 minutes from Denmark’s commercial centre, Copenhagen. SAV is now providing fuel supplies and refuelling services to airlines at RKE.
A SAV statement said: “The entry into RKE aligns with Shell’s selective growth strategy and further boosts Shell Aviation’s global footprint and network capability to supply key airline partners.”
Roskilde Airport becomes the seventh Danish airport served by Shell Aviation and it follows its recent expansions at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport in the United Arab Emirates and London City Airport in the UK. Shell-MRPL, Shell’s marketing joint venture in India, also announced recently that it had grown its operations to 12 airports across India.
Sjoerd Post, Vice President, Shell Aviation, said: “The launch of operations at Roskilde Airport marks the continued growth of our international airport network. We are looking forward to bringing our world class expertise, leading technology and global best practices in running airport fuelling operations in many parts of the world to Roskilde while making an important investment and contribution to one of Denmark’s leading business airports.”
SAV says Roskilde “will also benefit from Shell’s extensive experience in working with airport authorities and other stakeholders to improve overall airport safety and operating standards, including into-plane fuelling, self service unit design, airport network planning and fuel farm systems.”
Lars Lip, RKE Airport Manager, added: “We are pleased to welcome Shell Aviation to Roskilde Airport. Shell’s presence will bring important benefits such as increasing supply security and price competitiveness at the airport, along with supporting our exciting growth plans.”
The start of Shell’s fuel supply operations at RKE follows an agreement that was signed in June 2010. The airport is primarily used for general aviation flights, along with flight instruction, taxi and training flights. On average an aircraft takes off and lands approximately every five minutes.
SAV also supplies fuel to Copenhagen (CPH), Billund (BLL), Aalborg (AAL), Aarhus (AAR), Esbjerg (EBJ) and Sonderborg (SGD) airports in Denmark.
…and Across India
ON DECEMBER 2 Shell Aviation announced that it is expanding its operations into 12 Indian airports, providing airline fuel at Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Calicut, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore, and Mangalore. These are in addition to the airports in Bangalore and Hyderabad where it began its Indian operations in 2008.
Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA), a joint venture between Shell and Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), signed the new deals to extend its fuel supply services to these 12 airports across India.
SAV says its entry into India via the joint venture: “aligns with Shell’s downstream selective growth strategy.”
Sanjay Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited commented: “We are delighted to expand our network in India and hope to serve an increasing number of customers that see value in being fuelled by Shell.
“We are committed to providing the same high quality products and services in India that our global customers have come to expect of Shell.”
Shell says it is currently the only multinational oil company with a government license to market aviation fuels in India. Earlier this year, Shell was named the best aviation fuel provider in the emerging markets, including India, as voted by customers in the Emerging Markets Aviation Awards (EMAA) in May 2010.
“Shell has contributed to the introduction of international approaches such as Mean of Platts Arab Gulf (MoPAG) plus Differential pricing, which provides more transparency compared to Posted Airfield pricing,” said Peter Mihm, Manager Fuel Procurement, Lufthansa. “We hope that this transparency and the entrance of an additional fuel supplier would help keep fuel prices in India at internationally competitive levels.”
James Rigney, the Chief Financial Officer for Etihad Airways’ commented: “The expansion of Shell into the Indian market promotes healthy competition and this supports Etihad’s approach to transparent fuel procurement.”