Avfuel Corporation is partnering with TAC Air as the branded fuel supplier of its newly-acquired FBO at Buffalo Niagara International airport. The FBO makes for the fourth TAC Air location in the Avfuel-branded network, along with KLIT in Little Rock, Arkansas, KBDL in Hartford, Connecticut, and KRDU in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
The branding agreement comes on the heels of TAC Air announcing its acquisition of Prior Aviation Service, the long-standing, lone FBO on the field.
Having served the Buffalo aviation community for nearly 60 years, the FBO is transitioning from one family-owned business to another, befitting a partnership with a family-owned fuel supplier. While Avfuel has been the contracted fuel supplier at KBUF for more than 10 years, providing consistent, safe, reliable aviation fuel products, the new partnership with TAC Air - BUF expands the contract to include branding elements and support services as a full Avfuel network FBO.
By maintaining a fuel supply relationship with Avfuel and keeping the 120 employees from Prior Aviation on board, TAC Air ensures a seamless transition for customers. But with an expanded branding agreement, the FBO and its customers will now benefit from a slew of proven, efficient solutions.
In addition to competitive pricing with Avfuel Contract Fuel, guests will enjoy transaction ease with the Avfuel Pro Card, the new preferred payment solution at KBUF. The Avfuel Pro Card enables users to put fuel and non-fuel items on one transaction, with or without the physical card present for a touch-free transaction process.
“With over 11,000 GA flights at Buffalo airport last year, we look forward to serving customers in this market with the same great experiences they find across the TAC Air FBO network,” states Joe Gibney, TAC Air chief operating officer.
“Avfuel has shown the same commitment to our customers and the industry as the TAC Air team, and we are thrilled to expand our existing relationship,” adds Brian Evaldi, TAC Air - BUF general manager.
“The decision to become a branded partner goes far beyond installing a sign with the Avfuel logo,” explains Joel Hirst, Avfuel's VP of sales. “It's a true testament to the trust an FBO has placed in a fuel supplier as its end-to-end aviation service provider. We're honoured TAC Air has entrusted these operational considerations to Avfuel and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead through the power of partnership.”
As part of the acquisition, TAC Air will now take over the full range of KBUF's FBO services, including: fuel, hangarage, aircraft handling, into-plane fuelling for commercial airlines, charter handling, cargo services, de-icing and airline maintenance. The FBO complex includes more than 126,000 sq ft of hangar and office space across four structures, housing private aircraft, charter services, US Customs and Border Patrol, flight departments and a flight training school.