Shell Aviation

Fuels and Lubricants for the Aviation Industry

Shell Aviation is a global company with a portfolio of world-class fuels and lubricants for the aviation industry 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 fuels and lubricants for the aviation industry. 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.

Every day at around 900 airports in about 40 countries, Shell Aviation provides fuel for almost 7,000 aircraft, refueling an aircraft every 12 seconds.

Company Profile

  • Civil Aviation Fuels

    Today’s kerosine jet fuels have been developed from the illuminating kerosine used in the early gas turbine engines. These engines needed a fuel with good combustion characteristics and a high energy content. The kerosine type fuels used in civil aviation nowadays are mainly JET A-1 and Jet A. The latter has a higher freezing point (maximum minus 40 degrees C instead of maximum minus 47 degrees C) and is available only in North America.

    Summary of Jet Fuel Grades:

    Jet A-1

    • Jet A-1 is a kerosine grade of fuel suitable for most turbine engined aircraft. It has a flash point minimum of 38 degrees C (100°F) and a freeze point maximum of -47 degrees C. It is widely available outside the U.S.A. The main specifications for Jet A-1 grade (see below) are the UK specification DEF STAN 91-91 (Jet A-1) Nato code F-35, (formerly DERD 2494) and the ASTM specification D1655 (Jet A-1).

    To read more about the fuel, download its MSDS now.

    Jet A

    • Jet A is a kerosine grade fuel, normally only available in the U.S.A. It has the same flash point as Jet A-1 but a higher freeze point maximum (-40°C). It is supplied against the ASTM D1655 (Jet A) specification.

    Jet B

    • Jet B is a distillate covering the naphtha and kerosine fractions. It can be used as an alternative to Jet A-1 but because it is more difficult to handle (higher flammability), there is only significant demand in very cold climates where its better cold weather performance is important. ASTM have a specification for Jet B but in Canada it is supplied against the Canadian Specification CAN/CGSB 3.23


    • TS-1 is the main jet fuel grade available in Russian and CIS states. It is a kerosine type fuel with slightly higher volatility (flash point is 28C minimum) and lower freeze point (<-50C) compared to Jet A-1.
  • Jet Fuel Additives

    Additives may be included in aviation fuels to improve fuel performance – generally by eliminating undesirable effects – or to meet specific requirements of certain aircraft or airline operators. They are added in quantities that are often only measurable in parts per million.

    The additive content of jet fuels varies considerably, depending on whether the fuel is for civil or military use. Additive packages for Avgas, on the other hand, are fairly standard. Only additives that have been through a detailed and comprehensive evaluation and approval process are permitted.

    Tetra-ethyl lead is added to improve the anti-knock characteristics of Avgas. There are pressures to eliminate this additive on environmental grounds. Alternative ways of boosting the octane rating of Avgas have still to be found however.

    Antioxidants (gum inhibitors) must be used in Avgas to prevent the formation of gum and other antioxidation products. Jet fuels, which are inherently more stable than gasolines, may contain them, depending on the treatment process used during manufacture.

    A metal deactivator – now rarely used – may be added to nullify the effects of dissolved trace metals, especially copper, which can impair the thermal stability of jet fuels.

    Corrosion inhibitors can be used to reduce corrosion in fuel system and improve the lubricity – lubricating properties – of jet fuels.

    Fuel system icing inhibitors reduce the freezing point of any water that may be in the fuel system and prevent the formation of ice crystals that could restrict fuel flow. They are mandatory in military Jet but are not used in civil aircraft that have fuel heaters. They may be added to either Jet or Avgas during the fuelling of small aircraft.

    Static dissipater additives minimise the hazardous effects of static charges that build up during movement of jet fuels. They are sometimes used in Avgas as well.

  • Shell Water Detector

    What is Shell Water Detector?

    The Shell Water Detector is a device for determining the presence in jet fuels of finely dispersed undissolved water in concentrations lower than those normally detectable by visual examination. Water dispersions of this type can result from the emulsification of a water/fuel mixture during pumping, or from the precipitation of dissolved water due to a fall in fuel temperature.

    The Shell Water Detector is manufactured following strict quality assurance standards in a purpose-built, humidity-controlled facility. The manufacturer has ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for quality management, which covers manufacture, assembly, packaging and supply. The Shell Water Detector is proven and now comes in easier-to-use packaging, which is designed to enhance product quality assurance even further.

    For over 50 years, operators across the world have relied on the Shell Water Detector to check their aviation fuel for suspended water that cannot be detected by visual inspections. The detector capsules are widely used, thanks to their effectiveness and simplicity.

    Imitations are available, but, for quality you can trust, we recommend using the original, internationally recognised, industry standard that is the Shell Water Detector.

  • AeroShell Aviation Lubricants

    Be it aircraft piston engine oils, turbine engine oils, greases or hydraulic fluids, AeroShell has one of the most comprehensive and proven range of aviation lubricant products, combined with one of the best technical support in the industry. It is no wonder that the AeroShell range is trusted for generations and used extensively in the aviation lubricants market worldwide.

    • Turbine Engine Oils (TEO) – Our collaboration with turbine engine manufacturers has led to the development of a complete range of turbine engine oils, from mineral oil formulations through to leading edge, fully synthetic hindered esters. AeroShell Turbine Oils (ASTO) have demonstrated their flexibility for use both inside and outside today’s hostile turbine engine environment.
    • Greases – Aircraft greases must be versatile to prevent wear and inhibit corrosion under tough conditions. AeroShell greases are specifically formulated to excel in wide-ranging applications: protecting exposed wheel bearings; lubricating highly loaded gears; in plain, ball and roller bearings; and on sliding surfaces and actuator screws. Our multipurpose greases can help to reduce costs and improve maintenance efficiency.
    • Fluids and Preservatives – The AeroShell range features products for calibration, avionics cooling and hydraulic use, together with internal and external preservatives for piston and turbine engine aircraft.
  • Aviation Technical Services

    For many years the excellence of Shell Aviation Technical Services was a well-kept secret. The challenge has been to design, construct, operate and maintain fuel-handling systems to the most exacting safety and operational standards. More and more partner organisations are seeking this expertise and now customers all over the globe can benefit from the exceptional quality of Shell Aviation’s Technical Services.

    • Engineering – Designing, constructing and commissioning the world’s most efficient fuel facilities.
    • Fuel Operating Systems – Industry leading operating systems providing assurance and confidence in the integrity of fuel operations.
    • Training SystemsTeaching global best practice – for staff at all levels.
    • Health, Safety & EnvironmentProven HSE management system to safeguard people, the environment and equipment.
    • Fuels TechnicalSolving problems and creating solutions for the future plus dedicated Research and Development programmes.


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