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Chevron drops avgas marketing at 200 locations

Chevron’s General Aviation division will withdraw from marketing Chevron and Texaco branded aviation fuels in 27 states (approximately 200 locations). The company said the states are beyond Chevron’s refinery distribution system. The planned market withdrawal will be completed by November 15.

The statement from Chevron said: “Effective June 1, 2010, [Chevron] General Aviation will only market Chevron and Texaco branded aviation fuels in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

“Chevron will continue to be a leading manufacturer of jet fuel and aviation gasoline but is changing its branded distribution channel to reduce costs while continuing to serve the aviation industry. Chevron will utilize its major distributor, Hiller/Air Petro, to sell aviation fuel to the general aviation market.” Hiller, based in Tampa, Fla., just purchased Air Petro, based in California.

Chevron officials said the changes were made to “adapt to changing market conditions and to successfully compete in the marketplace.”

“After an extensive review of our [Chevron] General Aviation business, we are changing our business model,” said General Aviation General Manager Keith Sawyer. “We are aligning our aviation marketing assets with our manufacturing (refining) system to focus on the areas where our supply reliability is strongest.”

“We are pleased that Hiller/Air Petro will continue to represent the Chevron and Texaco brands. This organization is well-established with a team of knowledgeable, experienced aviation professionals who offer a superior level of customer focus,” Sawyer said.

The Chevron statement concludes that the actions “have no impact on product supply. Aviation customers should not experience any impact as a result of this transition.”

Alton Marsh
Alton K. Marsh
Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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