Subscribe Free
in Air Transport

New partnership to enhance quality and safety in aviation fuelling

Posted 17 May 2017 · Add Comment

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed an MoU to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fuelling activities.

“Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport industry. This MoU, covering all airport fuel storage and handling, puts forward an industry-level program for application of standards and a single global reference for airline inspections. This is a great step forward in further promoting global safety and efficiency,” said Hemant Mistry, IATA’s Director for Global Airport Infrastructure and Fuel.

Through the programme IATA, JIG and A4A will seek to encourage the gradual standardisation of aviation fuel processes by facilitating compliance with current industry standards and best practices, and by establishing high quality common inspection processes to ensure that the aviation fuel is delivered clean, dry and on-specification. This is expected to facilitate a reduction in the number of required inspections at a given location, while increasing the scope of coverage across the globe and the reduction of cost.

“JIG’s vision is to work with industry partners to establish and enhance standards for the safe handling and quality control of aviation fuels globally. By partnering with IATA and A4A we will be able to more effectively support the industry by strengthening the implementation of our standards and providing a framework for the development of an industry Quality Assurance Scheme. This will form the foundation of a global inspection process that is supported by airlines,” said John Buxton, chairman of the JIG Council.

A key goal for the aviation industry is alignment of standards and best practices across different regions. The three organizations have agreed to work together to eliminate regional variations in this regard.

“A4A is committed to ensuring that the quality of its members’ fuel is safeguarded throughout the supply chain—from the refinery to when it is delivered into the aircraft. The MoU with IATA and JIG will help achieve this. We are delighted to be expanding our partnerships in this area and work towards eliminating regional variations in standards in fuelling,” said Amy Carico, Director Fuel Services and Technical Standards, A4A. 

“I’m very pleased the three main stakeholders have been able to reach this landmark agreement. It will help ensure the industry maintains sufficient expert resource. The fact that all parties agree to participate in each other’s relevant committees, and to work on joint training and technical assistance, can only strengthen the industry,” said Thorsten Lange, Lufthansa’s Director of Fuel Purchasing, and Chairman of IATA’s Commercial Fuel Group.

“This cooperation between the three major aviation parties is showing the right way forward for airlines and suppliers, which will greatly help coordinate global inspections programs of both JIG and the IATA Fuel Quality Pool,” said Michel Baljet, IATA’s Head of Fuel Services.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

EBACE: TrueNorth new data link unit to improve fairground communications

Communication between pilots and ATC is set to improve following the introduction today at EBACE by TrueNorth, of a new FANS-1/A over Iridium data link unit (DLU) with voice capabilities.

Nextant Aerospace launches large cabin 604XT programme

Nextant Aerospace has announced the launch of a new cockpit avionics programme in conjunction with Rockwell Collins that will bring Pro Line Fusion to the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft platform.

FlightSafety International starts Master-level Advanced Training Courses for Dassault Falcon

FlightSafety International has announced the start of new Master-level Advanced Training Courses for the Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy and 900EX EASy series aircraft.

EBACE: Airbus launches ACJ330neo at European show

Airbus has launched a private jet version of its A330neo at EBACE today. The new VVIP jet combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic and other improvements which the company said will deliver even more comfort, efficiency and true

EBACE: Supercar designer gives new look to Airbus ACJ319neo

Italian exotic car manufacturer Pagani Automobili is moving its design focus to the world of aircraft with a new cabin design for the ACJ319 neo.

Deer Jet to get second 787 DreamJet

Deer Jet is to introduce a second Boeing 787 Dream Jet to its fleet, making it the world's largest operator of the type.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
DIAC BT1105121117EBACE17 BT0103240517DAS BT11051611176th Annual Mediterranean Business AviationAIME BT1204240118