Shell Aviation announced it supplied the engine oils for a memorial flight that recreated an important aviation event that Shell did the same for 100 years ago.
A historic Catalina seaplane landed on Sunday having replicated the 1913 Circuit of Britain, which was the first major competition for seaplanes. The common aviation engine oil in 1913 was a simple castor oil. 100 years on, the Catalina used the modern AeroShell100, part of Shell's extensive range of high-quality oils capable of protecting technically-advanced engines operating at extremes of temperatures and speeds.
Xavier Hery, General Manager for Shell Aviation Middle East and South Africa, said, "Although this event happened in the UK, it is a good opportunity to stop and remember how far aviation has come in the last 100 years. Milestones like this allow us to remember our business's heritage, while we continue to innovate for the future. In the last 100 years Shell has been involved in many of the innovations that enable flight as we now know it. We will continue to develop technologically-advanced products that support our customers throughout our region every day."
Aviation technology has come a long way since its first tentative steps in the early 20th century. Then, engines using castor oil could only operate for about 10 hours before needing a service. Today Shell's performance engine oils help modern engines fly at speeds unimaginable in 1913 for thousands of hours, before the need of an overhaul.
Over the last 100 years, flight has become an irreplaceable part of society, bringing people together and creating opportunities for trade and tourism. Shell Aviation has been involved in the development of modern aviation every step of the way and this will continue into the future. Examples of Shell's innovation include developing the first high-octane aviation fuel (avgas) in the 1930s, which allowed more powerful and faster flight. In the following decades, Shell supported the development of the jet engine, formulated synthetic engine oil specifically for the Concorde's supersonic engines and fuelled its first flight. More recently Shell has developed the high-performance AeroShell Ascender engine oil, designed specifically for the latest jet engines. Shell has also developed a cleaner burning jet fuel made from natural gas, which is produced at the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar. The first commercial flight was fuelled with GTL Jet Fuel fuelled in January this year.
Shell Aviation is proud of its long heritage and will continue to invest in new products for modern aircraft and fuel efficiency, today and into the future.
Shell Aviation remains active in this region and continues to supply specialty aviation fuels, lubricants and greases across the Middle East. For the third consecutive year Shell Aviation has been named the best aviation fuel provider for the Middle Eastern and surrounding region at the Emerging Markets Aviation Awards (EMAA). Shell has branded operations at airports in the UAE and Oman, and serves customers through third party distributors. In the UAE Shell Aviation has recently signed a fuel concession agreement with Dubai World Central, Al Maktoum International Airport. This agreement supports its presence in the UAE while also expanding its international airport network. And in Dubai Shell and ExecuJet Middle East recently announced a new refuelling partnership at Dubai International Airport.