From the private pilot to the largest global airlines, Shell Aviation earns the loyalty of its customers by creating value through the safe and timely supply of high quality aviation fuels and a comprehensive range of high performance aviation lubricants and fluids.

Shell Aviation produces, distributes and sells high quality aviation fuels and lubricants globally. We provide our aviation products to airports and airlines, big and small - as well as private customers such as flying clubs and corporate jet operators.


Who We Are

An industry leader with a truly global reach.

Shell Aviation is a global company that provides the aviation industry with a portfolio of world-class fuels, lubricants and associated services. We strive to put the customer at the heart of what we do, invest in technical innovation and develop genuine partnerships with our customers and equipment manufacturers.  

Shell Aviation has one of the world’s most extensive fuelling networks. This is supported by a strong supply chain based on Shell’s own refineries and Shell’s considerable fuels trading expertise. This ensures security of supply for our customers. 

Shell Aviation offers a comprehensive range of quality lubricants which have been proven around the world to protect the whole aircraft; oils for the engines, fluids for hydraulic mechanisms and greases for the airframe and gearing mechanisms.  

Dedicated teams of Shell Aviation account managers and technical support staff have the knowledge and operating experience to respond quickly to any technical or commercial situation our customers face. They can also offer value adding services, such as alternative pricing mechanisms to help manage fluctuating fuel prices, give technical advice on the right lubricant and  offer solutions which enable customers to comply with environmental regulations.

Shell Aviation is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading providers of aviation technical services. A consistent winner of “Best Technical and Operational Performer” Armbrust Award, we have significant experience designing, building and managing fuelling operations globally. We have also been named the Best Aviation Fuel Provider at the Emerging Markets Aviation Awards (EMAA) for three consecutive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Our Heritage

Shell has developed and supplied products since the start of modern aviation.

Aviation has come a long way since its first tentative steps in the early 20th century. It has become an irreplaceable part of the world’s mobility, bringing people together and creating opportunities for trade and tourism.  Shell Aviation is one of the few companies who have been part of the aviation story for over 100 years, innovating fuels and lubricants that power flight.  

Shell’s involvement in aviation began with providing the fuel for Louise Blériot’s crossing of the English channel in 1909, which has been described as the start of modern aviation. 10 years later in 1919, Shell provided a specially mixed fuel called “Shell Aviation spirit” for the first none-stop flight across the Atlantic. In the same year, we also fuelled the first flight from England to Australia.  

More recently, in 1976, we supplied fuel and lubricants for the British Airways Concorde aircraft on its first commercial flight from London to Bahrain. We also supplied fuel for the record breaking non-stop Qantas flight of a Boeing 747 from London to Australia in 1989. 

Shell Aviation will continue to build on this long heritage, providing fuels and lubricants for today and tomorrow’s aircraft.


Our Innovation

We invest in technical innovation for the aviation industry.

Shell brings world-class technological insight to its aviation business. We are one of the few energy companies with research and development facilities dedicated to the aviation sector that cover aviation fuels, fuel handling and lubricants. 

Shell Aviation’s team of scientists work at a specialist aviation research facility in Houston, USA. Experts in their field, they explore and create new and innovative premium fuels, additives and lubricants. They can also draw on the expertise of Shell scientists around the world that develop fuels and lubricants for other sectors. In 2012, Shell spent $1.3 billion overall on research and development. 

Throughout Shell’s long history supporting the aviation industry, we have achieved some important technological milestones. 

  • In the 1930s, Shell produced Avgas 100/130, which was more powerful than previously available fuels. 
  • In the 1940s, Shell scientists assisted Frank Whittle to develop one of the most important aviation inventions of the century - the jet engine.
  • In the 1950s, Shell introduced the first ashless dispersant piston engine oils. The Shell Water Detector was also developed, critical for testing the dangerous build up of water in jet fuel.
  • In the 1960s, Shell developed a lubricant especially for Concorde, capable of protecting its engine under the high temperatures and pressures encountered at super-sonic speed.
  • In the early 2000s, Shell developed new ways to measure cleanliness of fuels and an innovative way to increase the speed of refuelling an aircraft.
  • In October 2009, the world’s first commercial passenger flight powered by fuel made from natural gas by Shell was flown by Qatar Airways from London Gatwick to Doha.


Our Partnership

We develop strong working relationships with equipment manufacturers and customers.

Working alongside equipment manufacturers and customers is at the core of what we do. Shell Aviation has been partnering with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and our aviation customers for over 100 years, jointly developing, testing and approving products for aviation that are used globally everyday.

Building strong alliances with OEMs, as they develop engines and equipment is important for the development of fuels and lubricants formulations.  We have strong experience collaborating with these companies.  Recent examples include working to improve the thermo-stability of jet fuel additives with GE, KLM and Airbus; developing airframe greases with Boeing and testing a natural gas derived gas to liquids (GTL) kerosene blend with Rolls Royce, Airbus and Qatar Airways.

We also work closely with industry groups and academic institutions on technology development, such as the Federal Aviation Administration funded partner programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, flight testing of novel fuels at the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands and a joint collaboration programme with the University of Sheffield and Rolls-Royce in the United Kingdom.

Shell Aviation continues to work closely with a range of partners to develop and test quality fuels and performance enhancing lubricants. 

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