Air bp begins aviation fuel venture in Iraq

Air bp has begun an aircraft fuelling venture with United Iraqi Company for Airports and Ground Handling Services at Baghdad International Airport.

Operating under the name MASIL, the joint venture was awarded an operating licence for aircraft refuelling, ground handling and cargo services.

The partnership aims to provide a range of services to further improve the customer experience, safety and operational standards at the airport. Air bp is providing assurance on all aspects of fuel supply and aircraft refuelling operations. This includes operating standards, workforce training to enhance knowledge and competence, and advice on product quality, operations, HSSE and maintenance.

Duce Gotora, VP of strategy and sustainability at Air bp, said: “Air bp is delighted to be commencing this joint venture. We see a strong future for aviation in Iraq and are excited to be involved in this market and contribute to its future development and success. 

“Fuel supply is a vital component of the airport operation that will add value to airline operators. Over time, Air bp and its partners aim to build a strong and sustainable business in Iraq, drawing upon the global expertise of the partners combined with the local skills of Iraqis.”

Air bp has been active in the Middle East for nearly 90 years, providing fuel and services to general aviation, commercial aviation and military customers.