Avfuel Corporation has partnered 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 the long-standing, lone FBO on the field: Prior Aviation Service.
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, 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.
“The decision to become a branded partner goes far beyond installing a sign with the Avfuel logo,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s vice president 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 honored TAC Air has entrusted these operational considerations to Avfuel and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead through the power of partnership.”
“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,” said 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,” said Brian Evaldi, TAC Air – BUF general manager.
As part of the acquisition, TAC Air will now take over the full range of KBUF’s FBO services, including: fuel, hangar, aircraft handling, into-plane fueling for commercial airlines, charter handling, cargo services, de-icing and airline maintenance. The FBO complex includes more than 126,000 square feet of hangar and office space across four structures housing private aircraft, charter services, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, flight departments and a flight training school.