Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – A new partner for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the 2017 season will be Air BP, one of the largest international suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. With its best-in-class expertise in areas such as product quality, safety, operations, and technical design and innovation, Air BP will fuel the world’s best pilots across three continents. The partnership started with the season opener in Abu Dhabi, UAE and will continue across six global stops with the finale taking place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA. Air BP will also work with Red Bull Air Race to offset the carbon emissions associated with aviation fuel during the 2017 race season.
The aviation division of BP, Air BP fuels more than 6,000 flights every day, serving customers from private pilots to some of the world’s largest airlines at over 800 locations in more than 50 countries.
“To win the World Championship, our teams must get maximum performance from their cutting-edge raceplanes at every stop around the globe, and of course fuel and its timely, efficient delivery is a vital component,” said Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race. “Air BP’s deep experience in worldwide operations and its leadership in both technical innovation and safety make the company a natural fit, and we’re looking forward to working together across the season.”
Jon Platt, CEO of Air BP, stated, “Sponsoring the official World Championship, recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, is an exciting new chapter in the history of Air BP. With our global expertise, we’re keen to address the needs of this top-flight international sport – and help Red Bull Air Race achieve a carbon neutral fuel footprint for the 2017 season.”