Faster refuelling for new generations of aircraft

From the 1930s aircraft grew ever larger and flew further to meet the growing demand for flight. Shell Aviation kept pace by developing high capacity refuelling trucks, culminating in a vehicle capable of refuelling the 747 Jumbo Jet.

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The rise of the hydrant

In the 1950s, Shell Aviation pioneered the development of the underground hydrant system to bring great efficiency and safety to aircraft refuelling. By 1957 Shell had installed over 100 hydrants at airports across the world.

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Our Stories

Faster fuelling in World War I

Shell keeps Royal Flying Corps in the sky with new pump systems.

The birth of efficient refuelling

London Airport leads the way with underground fuel system.

A global fuel card for pilots

Shell launches international fuel payment card for pilots - 18 years before the world’s first credit card.


Shell champions 100 octane fuel to bring greater aircraft performance.

Sealing the deal for asphalt

New sealant paves the way for lower-cost asphalt for airport aprons.

Fuel can settle for less

Shell research makes fuelling more efficient with an end to ‘settling time’.

Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take-off

Our new report, produced with Deloitte, reflects views from right across the aviation industry on the obstacles the sector faces and provides a clear pathway for the sector to accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions.

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Work with us today for a low carbon future

Shell has supported the pioneers of aviation for over 100 years. Share your challenge and let’s work together today for a sustainable tomorrow.

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100 years of going beyond

Since the birth of aviation, Shell has supported innovators and pioneers, helping bring progress and opportunities to people and communities the world over.