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Air Elite Newest Locations Span Both Hemispheres – Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean

RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2019

World Fuel Services

Pete Stevens, +1 281-280-2114, [email protected]

January 28, 2019 – San Antonio – World Fuel Services announced today that Platinum Business Aviation Centre (YBCG and YMEN), FBO Redwings (MMQT) and Kayan Jet (TKPK) are the four newest Air Elite Network members. Air Elite continues to attract FBOs and ground handlers around the world with its unique programs to deliver service excellence, share member best-practices and earn the business of discerning flight departments. Air Elite is a global network dedicated to elevated diamond service at distinct facilities. These four new locations meet the networks high standards.

Platinum Business Aviation Centre has two locations in Australia, Coolangatta on the Gold Coast (YBCG) and Essendon Fields in Melbourne (YMEN). These locations boast quick solutions for extraordinary needs including five-star catering, hotel arrangements and limousine transfers. The facilities have a pilot lounge, VIP passenger lounge and airside vehicle access. Airside support includes 24-hour fuel and ground support, aircraft towing and servicing.

Dick Smart, Aviation Manager at Platinum BAC, said: “Joining the Air Elite Network creates an opportunity for Platinum Business Aviation Centres in Australia, to be part of something bigger. Platinum is known in Business Aviation circles across Australia for our corporate jet support and charter operations through our Platinum BAC and Global Jet brands. Having recently expanded our FBO operations to now have a centre at Melbourne’s Essendon Fields Airport, we are appreciative of this opportunity to be part of this group, having been recognized by World Fuel Services and the network as a quality provider. We look forward to continuing to build the Air Elite brand and network in Australia, as well as providing Air Elite global customers a first-rate experience.”

Kayan Jet is in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis (TKPK). This one-of-a-kind boutique location provides luxury services and a relaxing environment for guests. Pilots who prefer slot planning will find Kayan Jet has consistently seamless service and provides operational and weather monitoring. Maintenance and engineering teams develop customized aircraft maintenance programs making it easy for aircraft to be serviced. Hallmark services include personalized concierge services, in-house baggage, immigration and customs handling.

Jyoti Moolchandani, General Manager at Kayan Jet, said: “Kayan Jet is pleased to be part of the Air Elite family. We look forward to welcoming aircraft to our beautiful facility. We are also delighted to bring this brand to St. Kitts & Nevis, which has seen a recent surge in Private Jet traffic due to on-going development on both islands. We highly value the association with Air Elite and look forward to networking with all the members.”

FBO Redwings located at Intercontinental Airport of Querétaro in Querétaro, Mexico (MMQT). FBO Redwings is committed to delivering truly personalized private flight experiences. Their location in the heart of Mexico, only 100 air miles from Mexico, City, provides an optimal logistical alternative for aircraft arriving and departing currently from the busier Mexico City and Toluca airports. In addition to offering a full FBO experience for their customer base, FBO Redwings will monitor all its airplanes, manage international permits and develop flight plans for their managed fleet. In addition, the maintenance and repair operation that has been operating at this location since 2010 will be expanded as aircraft maintenance is essential.

Bernardo Moreno, CEO and Owner of FBO Redwings, said: “We are honored to be accepted into the Air Elite network. Our boutique style, exceptional service, state of the art FBO building, FAA repair station MRO and charter operation make us a perfect match for this elite network. We are looking forward to supporting the network at Querétaro International Airport, gateway to San Miguel de Allende, named best city in the world by Leisure & Travel magazine.”

The Air Elite Network, established in 2011, has grown steadily from 12 founding members to 72 locations worldwide. Each FBO member must meet a number of airport, facility, and service quality standards to qualify for membership. Members of the Air Elite Network offer elevated service training as there are stringent audit requirements to maintain membership.

Steve Drzymalla, SVP Bulk sales North America at World Fuel Services said: “The addition of these high caliber FBO locations in the Air Elite Network speaks volumes to the premier offering of the network. We have watched it grow over the last seven years to be a truly global network with independently owned facilities that are the best in class. Since every Air Elite member is committed to service excellence, operators have the confidence that their aircraft and passengers will be given elevated service delivery upon arrival at any location. Air Elite’s distinct facilities are recognized as the best throughout the world.”

Visit the Air Elite Network rows which host 35 co-exhibiting Air Elite member FBOs. Row 800 and 900 at the 2019 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas from January 29 – 31, 2019.