February 1999

Entry into Aviation Fuelling

During negotiations in 1998 between Oiltanking Deutschland and the Omnitank Group in connection with the acquisition of several tank terminals, the idea to purchase Omnitank’s 50% interest in Omni Aircraft Service at Munich Airport is mooted.

The background: a few years previously, when the old Riehm Airport relocated to the Franz-Josef-Strauß Airport south of Munich, the tank terminal operation and aviation fuelling licences were also re-issued. And although the oil companies were used to running a joint-fuelling-pool at airports, the airport authority successfully ended their dominance by awarding licences to the Lufthansa subsidiary AFS and the newly-founded Omni Aircraft Service (OAS). OAS was a joint venture between the Omnitank Group and the Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG) of America. OAS initially faced huge difficulties: the company took on the staff from Munich Riehm airport and the vehicles had to be flown in partly from Australia and England.

At the time the company is offered for sale to Marquard & Bahls AG, it already has an excellent reputation at Munich Airport. It quickly emerges that this could be the start of something big...