Austrian increases Vienna self-fuelling

Austrian Airlines has concluded with Skytanking ASIG GmbH & Co. KG a 3-year contract to perform into-plane fuelling operations at Austrian Airlines home base Vienna International Airport on a wider scale.The first official flight to be refuelled by Skytanking ASIG GmbH & Co. KG departed today in the early morning hours.
Commenting on the contract award, Thomas Kleibl, Austrian Airlines Chief Financial Officer said, “By increasing our self-supplied amount of jet fuel from 15% to 22%, and with a mid-term goal to further increase this level to 50%, the operation is getting to a size where Austrian Airlines does not have sufficient internal ressources to handle the volume without a qualified partner. With Skytanking ASIG, we have chosen a partner that has supported us with know-how throughout the length of the project. Furthermore, we are certain that in Vienna, Skytanking ASIG will increase the competition in the refuelling sector, an effect from which the entire airport will benefit.”
“We are delighted that Skytanking ASIG’s expertise, particularly in providing into-plane fuelling services, has been recognised by Austrian Airlines” added Christoph Lindke, Skytanking ASIG’s Managing Director for the Munich and Vienna subsidiaries. “Skytanking ASIG is one of the few independent companies in the world that has the technical and operational skills to undertake this kind of project within this short timeframe.”
In order to reduce rising costs on kerosene Austrian Airlines started August 2005 at Vienna International Airport with self fuelling. So far this was limited to long-haul wide body jets. Now Skytanking ASIG enables a flexible fuelling to all sizes of the Austrian fleet.