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Crowley Installs Automated Card Lock System at McGrath Airport, Providing 24-hour Aviation Fuel Service

Crowley’s Alaska fuel sales and distribution group has unveiled McGrath Airport’s first aviation fuel card lock system, offering pilots the convenience of 24-hour refueling services at one of the region’s busiest airfields. The implementation of the new, fully automated system means that aviators can access Crowley fuel pumps with the swipe of a credit card or proprietary card the same way that drivers would at a local gas station. Moreover, the easy-to-use system eliminates extra fees previously associated with after-hours transactions.

McGrath Airport is popular amongst pilots flying across the state because of its central location. Before Crowley installed the card lock system aviators had to complete their fuel purchase during regular business hours or arrange to have a Crowley employee meet them at the airport. Now, automated sales transactions save pilots time and money.

“The 24-hour availability of our top-quality jet fuel and avgas was something that our customers had been asking about for a while now,” said Sean Thomas, Crowley vice president. “Not only are pilots able to access Crowley fuel around the clock with the card lock system now in place, they’re paying less for that convenience.”

Crowley’s card lock refueling pumps are located at the McGrath Airport on the tarmac east of Runway 25, directly in front of Crowley’s office. Call (907) 524-3019 for more information.

Crowley in Alaska
Crowley, which has been serving Alaska for more than 60 years, currently operates 22 fuel terminals in western Alaska and the rail belt, with over 265 employees.  The company continues to position itself as a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Crowley also supports the energy industry on the North Slope with summer sealifts of large production modules and various marine transportation services. At the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Crowley provides tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, utilizing some of the most technologically advanced and powerful tugboats in the world. 

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