NASHVILLE, Tenn. / January 25, 2023 / AVIATION NEWS – While most New Year’s celebrations ended weeks ago, the 2023 celebration is just starting for Avfuel Corporation as the industry’s leading independent supplier of aviation fuel and services kicks off its 50th anniversary with plans for a year-long golden jubilee.
Avfuel will spend the next 12 months celebrating a half a century of progress with special promotions and events, giveaways and trivia, and so much more.
Selecting its golden jubilee launch for SDC2023, convention attendees who draw a golden guitar pick at Avfuel’s co-exhibiting FBOs will automatically win a $50 gift card. This is just one component of the fuel supplier’s Take Your Pick promotion—which offers participating attendees a gift of their choice—but speaks directly to the spirit of the year.
Moving ahead, the industry’s original supplier of aviation fuel and comprehensive services will roll out a slew of specials. For AVTRIP members, Avfuel always offers accelerator points, tiers, scholarships, bonus opportunities and a new digital payout system, but its marketing team is also planning special events for employees and customers, and a giveaway promotion celebrating the 50th. In the spirit of sustainability—and to recognize both its anniversary and Earth Day—Avfuel will match 50% of carbon credits purchased by its customers this April.
“Everyone at Avfuel is excited to celebrate the company’s 50th year,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s senior vice president of sales. “We’re looking forward to sharing that excitement with our customers and industry colleagues. To us, 2023 is more than a milestone—our jubilee is a celebration of Avfuel’s growth and evolution over five decades. As we celebrate, we’ll reflect on where Avfuel came from, where it is today and where it can go from here. Together, we’ll envision how Avfuel can continue to be on the cutting edge of aviation services as the needs of the industry continue to shift. We pride ourselves in upholding a legacy of innovation. The best way to commemorate 50 years of business will be to use Avfuel’s story to motivate our team as we usher in the next generation of aviation.”
Avfuel Over the Years
When Avfuel started operations in 1973, it was a regional fuel supplier, mainly serving Michigan and some surrounding Midwest states. When Craig Sincock acquired the company in 1985, he had a vision for the three-employee operation. He saw the potential and has worked diligently ever since to grow and nurture the company in a way that better serves the needs of the aviation industry.
Over 50 years, with an unwavering dedication to aviation—and only aviation—the company evolved from a modest regional operation to the industry’s first comprehensive supplier of aviation fuel and services, operating on a global scale with more than 1,000 employees. With industry counterparts following suit, the definition of a fuel supplier, and the inner workings of the aviation industry as a whole, was forever changed.
“When we leapt onto the market, no one was doing what we set out to do,” said Craig Sincock, Avfuel’s president and CEO. “We didn’t know we shouldn’t compete with the major oil companies, who were the aviation fuel suppliers at the time. It maybe wasn’t the best business plan, but it worked. We asked questions of our customers, listened to their needs and developed solutions to meet those needs. We were the first fuel supplier to offer a complete suite of services that surround the fuel, including: pilot rewards, contract fuel for corporate flight departments, in-house aviation insurance, trip support, on-demand marketing support, on-demand tax support, in-house 24/7 quality assurance and training, an in-house OEM for refueler trucks, and sustainable solutions, such as sustainable aviation fuel and carbon credits. That’s from where our moniker, Fuel … and So Much More, stems.
“Now, you’d be hard pressed to find a fuel supplier that doesn’t offer, say, fuel rewards. It’s expected. It’s become a standard service. The difference is Avfuel is always looking to go beyond standard. We’re not content to fall back on our accomplishments. We’re constantly looking for new ways to push the envelope—new ways to lead the industry and add value to the fuel supplier partnership. That’s how we not only survived for 50 years, but thrived for 50 years. It’s also how we’ll continue to grow for the next 50 years as we not only welcome a new generation of general aviation, but support its vitality.”
While the fuel supplier doesn’t have a crystal ball, it has experts on hand dedicated to analyzing the market and looking into the future. As such, Avfuel’s constantly keeping its pulse on new, innovative technologies that have the potential to alter aviation as we know it. Many of these technologies would require the supply chain to adapt—technologies in sustainability, electrification and air mobility.
“When we look into the future, we’re excited and inspired,” said C.R. Sincock, Avfuel’s executive vice president. “In another 50 years, will we be a fuel company? Perhaps. Or perhaps, more likely, we’ll be an energy company, providing solutions for electric, SAF and hydrogen power sources, for instance. Whatever Avfuel will be, it will exist to serve its customers and the industry we love. So yes, while we celebrate an extraordinary 50 years of growth, our story isn’t nearly complete. We will continue to listen, to evolve and to lead. That’s what it takes to be ‘an original.’ That’s where a legacy of innovation will take you.”
ABOUT AVFUEL CORPORATION
Avfuel provides fuel and services—including sustainable fuel and initiatives—to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United States. Established as a supply and logistics company 50 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that surrounds the delivery of fuel—from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded FBOs. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.
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