OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Tour operator and flying adventure company Air Journey
successfully completed its first journey around the world utilizing
the international fueling experience of U.S. Bank Multi Service
Aviation. In support of the trip, Multi Service Aviation arranged fuel
authorizations for all itinerary locations, and the Multi Service
Aviation Card was selected as the fuel payment method of choice for
all participating aircraft.
The trip lasted 71 days, from May 14 to July 28, and covered
24,000 nautical miles, visiting 23 countries including Greenland,
Iceland, Norway, France, Morocco, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Dubai,
Oman, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea and
Russia. Six aircraft participated in the trip, including a Conquest, a
Cessna Mustang, a Pilatus PC12, two Socata TBM 700s and a Beech Royal
"All of this would not have been possible without the expertise,
knowledge, connections and constant attention to details provided to
us by Multi Service Aviation. Arrangements were so well-made that we
barely had to show the Multi Service Aviation Card and payment never
came into question in the transaction. For journeys to far away
destinations, that is a tremendous weight off our shoulders as well as
those of the participants," said Thierry Pouille, president of Air
Journey. "Multi Service Aviation has provided exceptional attention
and service incomparable to any other company. Air Journey and Multi
Service Aviation work very well as partners, and I can't imagine any
journey to any part of the world without their constant attention and
overlooking our wings."
During the planning stages of the trip, Multi Service Aviation
worked closely with Air Journey to help determine the itinerary based
upon locations where fuel would be available and offered price quotes
to help Air Journey examine which locations offered the best economic
choices. Multi Service Aviation made use of its extensive
international merchant network, putting Air Journey in touch with
experienced merchants who assisted in arranging handling and other
services the group would need throughout their travels in advance.
Multi Service Aviation handled all of the pre-advisal for fuel,
offered price quotes and identified where fuel was available to help
determine an alternate travel course during the trip when slight
changes to the itinerary were caused by weather and permit issues in
Since the Multi Service Aviation Card was chosen as the preferred
method of payment for fuel during the trip, all participants were
briefed by Multi Service Aviation staff members on the card program
and what they could expect during their international operations.
"We were excited that Thierry and the Air Journey team chose Multi
Service Aviation to handle their fuel arrangements and the Multi
Service Aviation Card as their payment during this extraordinary
trip," said Diane Criswell, vice president of Multi Service Aviation.
"This was a great opportunity for us to leverage our international
network to the fullest extent, and from all of Thierry's reports,
there was not a single instance where another payment method had to be
used or any aircraft being denied fuel at any point on the trip, even
in some of the most remote locations they traveled."
The 2009 Journey Around the World will take place from May 13 to
July 22 and will cover 25,000 nautical miles, visiting 26 countries
and 35 different destinations. Air Journey has already decided to
utilize Multi Service Aviation in the same capacity. For information
on the 2009 Journey around the World, visit www.airjourney.com.
About Air Journey
Since 1998, Air Journey has shared its joy of adventure with
fellow pilots, showing them the joy of flying in small groups to
remote parts of the world. Air Journey has led pilots everywhere from
the Bahamas, the Caribbean Basin, Canada, South America, the
Galapagos, to all the way Around the World. Air Journey adventures are
all-inclusive and guided by a world experienced Pilot/Journey
Director. Their journeys range in length from four to 70 days and
visit anywhere from one to 24 countries. Air Journey, the flying
adventure journey specialists wish their participants Blue Skies and
Tail Winds Always. For more information regarding Air Journey, visit
their website at www.airjourney.com or call 561-841-1551.
About Multi Service Aviation
For over 25 years, Multi Service Aviation has served the aviation
industry with financial integrity, security, and unsurpassed customer
service. The Multi Service Aviation Card is accepted worldwide by more
than 7,500 aviation service providers in over 190 countries. Multi
Service Aviation provides cardholders with customized billing, free
online account maintenance, and savings on fuel, while giving
merchants account flexibility, free business promotion, competitive
card processing, and fast transaction authorization and settlement.
Multi Service Aviation promises that whatever you fly, wherever you
go, the Multi Service Aviation Card is the only card you need. To
learn more about U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation, visit
www.multiserviceaviation.com or call 877-MSA-CARD.
Multi Service Aviation is part of U.S. Bank Corporate Payment
Systems and its parent company, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). U.S.
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Source: U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation