Air BP, one of the world's largest suppliers of
aviation fuel products and services, has become the third national
partner of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Air BP supplies jet fuel at around 60 locations
in Australia, this includes an extensive network of facilities
offering a reliable service to rural and remote locations.
As part of the partnership agreement, in
addition to offering the bespoke fueling services required in each
of the regional communities that RFDS services, Air BP will also
be sponsoring the ongoing operation of the service.
“We want to thank Air BP for signing up to be
one of our National Partners”, says Martin Laverty, CEO of the
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. “As a direct result of
Air BP fuel, the Flying Doctor will be able to provide continued
health service access to those needing it.”
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is Australia’s
third largest airline, with 69 aircraft in service, as well as a
large fleet of ground service vehicles. They provide emergency
medical and primary health services to regional, remote and very
remote areas of the country.
People that live in remote communities in
Australia have less access to health care services and as a result
are known to suffer poorer health than those that live in the
cities. Country Australians see a doctor at about half the rate, a
medical specialist at one third the rate and a mental health
professional at one fifth the rate of those that live in the city.
As a consequence, country people are expected to die two and a
half years earlier and expected to have up to three times the
amount of avoidable chronic illness.
“At Air BP we are proud of our long standing
relationship with the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” said Alan
Wilson, Managing Director Air BP Asia Pacific. “Air BP is uniquely
placed to provide a quality aviation refueling solution throughout
rural and regional Australia and to support this essential and
iconic service for the communities in which we operate.”