International Ops 2017

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Ops normal at NZAA/Auckland

The fuel issue that has been affecting flights out of Auckland has been rectified and it’s back to business as usual.

NCRG/Rarotonga and NFFN/Fiji, which had also been rationing fuel have also resumed normal ops.

Hopefully that is the last that we will hear on fuel issues out of Auckland.

Cheapest Jet fuel on the Atlantic? $1.15 a gallon

The cost of a gallon of Jet A1 has been rather unstable lately. Over the last couple of years, we’ve produced several versions of our  North Atlantic Plotting Chart, and as we’ve done so, the price of Jet A1 has dropped each time across the Atlantic seaboard.

So, where is cheapest? Answer: Keflavik. $1.15 for a gallon of Jet A1 at the best available commercial airline rate. Now, that was six weeks back or so, when we did the research for the chart, and prices have been rising since (tracking the Oil price pretty well).

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Next best on the list is Shannon, Ireland – $1.37 USD/USG, thanks to the Shannon Free Zone, which strips out most of the taxes that the EU levies as standard.

Next question, then: most expensive? Narsarsuaq, at $5.65 for a gallon. Why so much more? Primary reason: getting the fuel to BGBW is an awful lot harder than getting it to BIKF. The rest is down to the difference in government tax policy.

Fuel price is of course not the only tech stop or diversion consideration on the North Atlantic, but given that security, safety, and service quality is pretty much equal across the entire NAT region, it’s an important factor – along with the cost of handling.

If you look at the snapshot above, you can see that your G550 will cost around $1685 including Airport Fees; taking a B787 to KEF will run around $4300 all in.

The North Atlantic Plotting Chart has all this information for all the common North Atlantic ETOPS/Diversion Fields – namely: CYYT/St Johns, CYQX/Gander, CYJT/Stephenville, CYYR/Goose Bay, CYFB/Iqaluit, BGSF/Sondrestrom, BGBW/Narsarauq, BIKF/Keflavik, EGPF/Glasgow Intl, EGAA/Belfast, EINN/Shannon, and LPLA/Lajes.
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Our Story: Flight Service Bureau – what we’re about

Chances are that you found us by reading the International Ops Bulletin that we produce once a week, on a Wednesday. We’ve got 25,000 readers, and we regularly get the question: I find the bulletin useful, so what else do you guys do at Flight Service Bureau?

Well, quite a lot actually. Our tagline reads “We work with Airlines and aircraft operators worldwide to provide critical flight information, and a 24-hour mission support service through our network of Flight Service Stations”. So what does that mean?

In short, we help international aircraft operators (mostly Airlines, Manufacturers, Private operators, and Leasing Companies) with Ad-hoc flights, Ferries, and Deliveries; we run flight plans, build routes, check security issues, recommend handlers; we create maps, bulletins, ops notices; monitor air traffic; liaise with ATC and CAA’s, arrange special permits, help with diversion recovery, build tools and maps, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Take a look at Our Story; and if you’d like to speak to a real person, just email service@fsbureau.org.

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