Aviation Fuel Management Essentials (LIVE virtual classroom)

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Jet fuel is one of the largest costs in airline expenditure, therefore an important component in the management of an airline. In this course you will learn about the technical aspects of jet fuel so that you can monitor the quality and specifications of the fuel, examine the pricing formulae and pricing structure to enable airlines to choose the right supplier in a particular location, and fuel suppliers to better understand the priorities of the airlines. During this course you will follow the supply chain from the refinery to delivery into the aircraft, learn how to minimize fuel uplift, and understand the processes in place to ensure safety in the delivery of fuel by the fuel suppliers. You will learn how the tendering process works, how to develop best practices in the management of jet fuels, and explore factors affecting supply reliability, and safety.

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Course code: TALF-06-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 15 hours to complete and be held over 5 consecutive days.
  • There will be 2 live interactive virtual classroom sessions per day, each session will be 90 minutes.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment

Technical requirements

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  • Participants should have prior knowledge of airline business
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the salesperson in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

Please check the exact schedule of each class below (View more details) and click ‘Register’.

Next class

Aviation Fuel Management Essentials (LIVE virtual classroom)

Virtual Session EMEA (IATA)
18 - 22 October, 2021
Register before 27 Sep, 2021 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 04 Oct
All prices are before tax. Class no: 145839 English
Dev. Nations
USD 930
USD 1,230
USD 1,370

Virtual Classroom Training Information

Two sessions daily:
06:00-07:30 & 08:30-10:00 UTC
08:00-09:30 & 10:30-12:00 Geneva
10:00-11:30 & 12:30-14:00 Dubai
14:00-15:30 & 16:30-18:00 Singapore

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the basics of the oil and airline industries and the role of jet fuel within them
  • Appreciate how fuel quality is assured in the refinery, through the supply chain to airports and ultimately, into aircraft
  • Explain the basic fuelling processes at airports and how they interface with airline operations
  • Summarize how jet fuel is priced and the pros and cons of the different systems, together with different purchasing options
  • Discuss the basic fuel tendering process from both the airline and fuel supplier perspectives
  • Outline the key factors affecting jet fuel from both technical and commercial perspectives, including environmental challenges and the drive for sustainable aviation fuel

Course content

  • Overview of quality assurance
  • Essential technical specifications
  • Factors affecting jet fuel specifications
  • Supply reliability, availability, and contamination
  • Fuel efficiency: latest technological developments
  • Basics of jet fuel pricing
  • Stages in buying jet fuel
  • Trading and price risk management
  • IATA's role in the aviation fuel industry and key IATA-lead initiatives and activities

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Fuel Purchasing and Planning Managers
  • Fuel and insurance controllers
  • Financial staff, including controllers, treasury officers and accountants
  • Jet fuel suppliers, both fossil and renewable
  • Anyone new to the jet fuel industry who needs a good overview of how the industry works

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on an assessment. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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