When it comes to business trips, a number of travel operators face issues like delivery delays, shortage of jet fuel, payment issues and missing or wrong information. With proper planning and reviewing the fuel tickets before signing, these issues can be largely avoided. There are certain tips which can help you with this and they are:
Instead of paying with cash or credit card go for aviation fuel card
Making use of aviation fuel card is the best way to buy jet fuel at discounted prices and thus lower the overall flight cost. It happens that at some locations the operators are asked to come up with credit card for buying fuel a fuel cards may not be available to get contract fuel. At some remote locations cash may be used to get fuel. In case credit card facility is not available then opting for tinkering fuel can be the best bet.
When you are on the flight carry copies of jet fuel releases
Make sure you have copies of jet fuel release on the flight. Having the copies while onboard ensures that crew is aware about the refuelling as well as jet fuel supplier who is going to refuel it. This comes handy in case the fuel release gets misplaced or lost. There are some suppliers who will not accept the copy from the operator unless they get it directly from the fuel provider.
Solve issues when trying to uplift jet fuel
Some of the common issues that can come across when uplifting fuel are fuel strikes, shortage of fuel, delays during the peak hours, etc. So the best possible way to avoid such issues is to contact the jet fuel companies or say your company and get update regarding the fuel at the next destination. To avoid such issues you can even ask the fuel supplier to alert you in case there is shortage or delay of fuel.
Another issue that can come across is fuelling from a non-contractor and paying full airport price. So always check whether the name of the supplier is notated on the jet release.
Be inquired about the taxes you need to pay for the fuel
There are some charges that you need to pay and they are VAT-Valued Added Tax, HST-Harmonized Sales Tax, MOT-Mineral Oil Tax, FET-Federal Excise Tax, GST Goods and Services Tax, CET-Canadian Excise Tax, Seneam fees sales tax, and carbon tax. The taxes will vary depending on the country and type of flight.
Be clear about the documents you need to have
In case of non-scheduled commercial operators it is important to have either Air Carrier Certificate or Air Operator Certificate and leave at the location where they plan to fuel. This will help in tax exemption. Showing the certificate will help you get the fuel at duty free price. Ensure to get it signed in the manner as it is very difficult to solve issues once signed.
When you are on international airports it can be very difficult to solve the issues. So it is better that you work with your fuel supplier in advance regarding the fuel uplifts. Go through the fuel ticket and see every information there in correct.