SOURCE: EPIC Aviation, LLC

EPIC Aviation, LLC

November 17, 2015 14:00 ET

EPIC Aviation Dramatically Expands Network in 2015

More FBO Locations, Broader EPIC Card Acceptance and Major Investments in Technology Enhance Customer Service Options, as the Company Celebrates 77 Years of Continuous Operations

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - November 17, 2015) - EPIC Aviation, LLC, a leading fuel supplier to the general and commercial aviation industries, announced major expansions to its EPIC FBO Network®, its EPIC Card® acceptance locations, and its customer-service offerings.

Major Network Expansion

EPIC is pleased to announce eight new domestic locations and two new international locations to its FBO network. The new members who joined the EPIC network in 2015, span from coast-to-coast in the United States and include two major international gateways, further expanding EPIC's reach, literally around the globe. EPIC is proud to welcome the following extraordinary FBO's to the EPIC family:

Domestic Additions to the EPIC Network

  • (KILG) Dassault Falcon Jet-Wilmington-located at New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Delaware. As a full-service facility and FBO, DFJ-W specializes in maintenance, interior modifications and refurbishment, paint, major engine maintenance, engineering support services, avionics installations, and upgrades for all Falcon models. In addition, DFJ-W features four large hangar bays totaling more than 300,000 sq. ft., plus a modern structural repair center, paint shop and complete FBO amenities.
  • (KTRM) Desert Jet-located at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, California. Desert Jet recently announced a substantial investment to expand its operations at the popular Palm Springs area airport with the construction of a new facility and the formation of a new business, Desert Jet Center. In addition to many state-of-the-art amenities, Desert Jet Center will build a 48,000 gallon fuel farm to enable continuous availability of jet fuel to the thousands of business aircraft that visit the airport annually.
  • (KDXR) Executive Air Services-located at Danbury Airport in Danbury, Connecticut. Executive Air Services offers aviation fuel, ground handling services, including GPU and power carts. Ramp or tie-down parking, as well as hanger leasing or sales, are readily available.
  • (KLVK) Five Rivers Aviation-located at Livermore Municipal Airport in Livermore, California. Five Rivers will formally open its operations on November 20 at the general aviation airport. The first phase of this $5 million project includes 25,000 square feet of hangar space and a 6,000-square-foot FBO complete with pilot and charter support amenities which will be completed in December.
  • (KGPI) Glacier Jet Center-located at Kalispell Airport in Kalispell, Montana. Glacier Jet Center is an UVair Network-branded full-service FBO with extensive menu of line services provided by NATA PLST certified line service agents. Located in northwest Montana with easy access to Glacier National Park, Glacier Jet Center also offers heated hangers, charter services and professional aircraft maintenance on all types of aircrafts.
  • (KCXP) Mountain West Aviation-located at Carson City Airport, in Carson City, Nevada. Mountain West Aviation's Carson City location is a full service FBO, also offering convenient self-service fueling and is known to have the most competitive fuel pricing in the region. The fuel island is located mid-field off taxiway Bravo on the north side of the runway and it is open 24 hours a day. Hanger sales and leasing are also available on the field.
  • (KEKO) Mountain West Aviation-located at Elko Regional Airport in Elko, Nevada. A recent addition to Mountain West Aviation's stable of FBOs in Nevada, the Elko location is a full-service FBO with brand-new, luxurious facilities. All of the line service personnel are Safety-First qualified. In addition, the FBO is a certified 145 Repair Station with A&P Mechanics on staff.
  • (KRCM) UCM Aviation-located at Skyhaven Airport in Warrensburg, Missouri. Owned and operated by the University of Central Missouri's (UCM) nationally acclaimed Department of Aviation, this is the only university-owned airport in the state of Missouri and home to the University's fleet of training aircraft, including the latest acquisition, a factory new Cessna 172S, which sports the Department's new colors and UCM red tail flash to commemorate the famous WWII Tuskegee Airmen - Red Tails.

International Additions to the EPIC Network

  • (CYYZ) The Aerospace Centre-located at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. As an international gateway location, construction is already underway at the Aerospace Center when completed will house new state-of-the-art facilities including approximately 250,000 square feet of hangar space and FBO-related office and retail facilities. The Aerospace Centre is expected to open in stages beginning in 2016, with full-operations expected by early 2017.
  • (ZBAA) CJET/Million Air-located at Beijing Capital International Airport (ZBAA) in Beijing, China. EPIC has partnered with Capital Jet Company (CJET) and Million Air to operate CJET/Million Air, the first and only FBO facility located at Beijing Capital International Airport. Million Air will establish the standard of service by conducting premium customer service training for the entire facility's staff. EPIC will provide EPIC Card processing for CJET/Million Air and partner with China National Aviation Fuel (CNAF) to supply fuel for the FBO. CJET/Million Air will proudly accept the EPIC Card. Customers choosing to use the EPIC Card at this location will receive exclusive priority services including convenient aircraft parking, luggage valet services and access to the new pilot's lounge. CJET/Million Air in Beijing will formally open on January 1st, 2016.

EPIC Card Acceptance Takes Off Home and Abroad

In addition to its ever-growing network, EPIC has also enjoyed substantial growth in the acceptance of the EPIC Card both domestically and abroad. Much like the expansion of the EPIC FBO Network, new locations accepting the EPIC Card literally span from coast-to-coast and around the world including the following:

  • (4S9) Infinite Air Center, LLC at Mulino State Airport, Portland-Mulino, OR
  • (60R) Spinner Aviation at Navasota Municipal Airport, Navasota, TX (KALW) Sullin Air Jet Center at Walla Walla Regional Airport, Walla Walla, WA
  • (KBFI) Landmark Aviation at Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Seattle, WA
  • (KHRL) Sun Valley Aviation at Valley International Airport, Harlingen, TX
  • (KILG) Dassault Falcon Jet at New Castle Airport, Wilmington, DE
  • (KLZU) Gwinnett Aero at Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville, GA
  • (KMQJ) Indy Jet at Indianapolis Regional Airport, Greenfield, IN
  • (KPNS) Pensacola Aviation Center at Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola, FL
  • (KPWK) Hawthorne Global Aviation Services at Chicago Executive Airport, Wheeling, IL
  • (KRCM) University of Central Missouri Aviation at Skyhaven Airport, Warrensburg, MO
  • (KSAF) Jet Center at Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, NM
  • (KSFB) StarPort at Orlando-Sanford International Airport, Sanford, FL
  • (KSGU) Above View Jet Center at St. George Municipal Airport, St. George, UT
  • (KTUS) Million Air at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, AZ

Thanks to a strategic alliance with UAS International Trip Support, EPIC Cardholders have greater access to competitive international pricing around the world. EPIC has enhanced its international fuel program with the addition of fuel pricing in over 200 countries now available through FuelerLinx and PFM web services. All current EPIC Card customers will see international pricing seamlessly added to their FuelerLinx and PFM accounts. EPIC has also worked closely with JetFuelX operators to easily view and compare Jet Fuel Pricing via CSV file.

Since the EPIC Card is co-branded with Multi Service Aviation, cardholders have a one-card solution inside and outside the EPIC Merchant Network. As such, transactions made both inside and outside the network will be conveniently found within each cardholder's EPIC Card statements.

Wingtip-to-Back Office-EPIC Invests in Technology and Customer Service.

QT Technologies (QT), EPIC's sister company, developed an Into-Wing Fuel Management system that was first introduced to the Commercial Aviation industry, and is now widely used by many of the largest airlines in the world. Field-tested and proven durable with very-high volumes, EPIC, in conjunction with QT, is bringing this unique system to FBOs in General Aviation.

EPIC's Wingtip-to-Back Office technology turns a manual, paper-based, error-prone, inefficient and costly process of fueling, inventory management, and accounting for fuel transaction into a seamless, automated, and cost-effective process. The functionality of the system completely transforms the fueling processes and the results go directly to the FBO's bottom-line.

Several EPIC FBOs are currently testing the system which enables them to maintain control of their fueling process and inventories, but relieves the expense and inaccuracies of a manual/paper driven-system, excess inventories, and costly back-office expenses.

The system consists of a small meter reader on fueling equipment/truck/tanks along with a handheld unit used by line staff. The transactions flow seamlessly from dispatching of the fuel request, to delivery at the wing tip and real-time reporting into a POS and back-office.

The EPIC/QT Wingtip-to-Back Office system is expected to be widely available in 2016.

About EPIC

EPIC Aviation, LLC is a global supplier of aviation fuels, supplies and services to airlines, air cargo operators, general and corporate aviation, Fixed Base Operators as well as government and military customers around the world. Our diverse fuel supply network of over 300-plus supply points utilizes major refineries and all modes of transport to securely deliver quality-tested fuel to meet the needs of global aviation. EPIC helps to fuel our partners' success through high-quality customer service, industry-leading technology and responsible environmental stewardship. The EPIC FBO Network® and UVair FBO network locations can be found throughout North America and beyond. For more information please see EPIC online at www.EPICAviationLLC.com.

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