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Technical Fuel Group (TFG)

The IATA Technical Fuel team from the Operations Department, along with the Commercial Fuel team from Industry Charges, Fuel and Taxation, work closely together to build the most informative program possible for the Aviation Fuel Forum, the industry’s premier fuel event. The team collaborates with the IATA Environmental Committee.
Through the Technical Fuel Group (TFG) and the IATA Fuel Quality Pool (IFQP), IATA coordinates with industry suppliers and service providers to ensure a reliable supply of safe and quality jet fuel.
From the refinery process through the delivery of fuel into-plane, IATA establishes and publishes industry-recognized standards, best practices and procedures.
The IATA Technical Fuel Services and Alternative Fuel Project team is comprised of experts with aviation industry backgrounds, specifically in the areas of fuel specifications, fuel quality standards, refueling procedures, supply-chain quality, aircraft fuel system design, fuel system maintenance and also manages the audit quality pools.
The team also provides expertise in the production of traditional and alternative jet fuels, in the future availability of fuel, in the associated consequences for aircraft operators and engine design.


  • To work with industry suppliers and service providers to ensure that specification fuel is supplied at all airports.
  • To investigate all fuel-related incidents, accidents, spills and make recommendations to enhance the safety of the fueling operation.
  • To work with international and national standard setting bodies to pursue harmonization efforts in view of achieving one global standard for jet fuel specifications, its proper and safe handling and quality control.
  • To encourage the participation of airlines in the IATA Fuel Quality Pool to achieve economic benefits, meet safety and technical objectives and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • To improve and standardize aircraft fuel handling procedures, thus enhancing safety and environmental practices.
  • To support all industry effort to achieve IATA fuel efficiency and emission goals.
  • To investigate the potential offered by alternative fuels.
  • To ensure effective working relationships are developed and maintained with other groups, both within and without IATA, particularly relationships with the supplier community and the Commercial Fuel Working Group.
  • To develop work programs and reports for IATA.
  • To manage achievements.
  • With the Commercial Fuel Group, the TFG plans and organizes the bi-annual Aviation Fuel Forum to ensure full airline participation.

Composition and Frequency of Meetings

The TFG is composed of IATA members only. The number of participants is limited to 14. Participants meet in person twice a year at the Fuel Forum and via conference calls once per month.


Commonwealth of Independent States Task Force (CISTF)
Engine Fuel Filter Clogging Task Force (EFFCTF)
Global Application of Electronic Sensors Task Force (GAESTF)
Global Aviation Fuel Handling Standard Task Force (GAFHSTF)
International Specification Liaison Group Task Force (ISLGTF)
Microbiological Contamination Task Force (MCTF)
Standard Into Plane Fueling Procedures Task Force (SIPFPTF)
Super Absorbent Polymer Work Group (SAPWG)

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