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Air Elite® Network Continues Steady Growth

February 4, 2015

YU Lounge, Jet Centre Curacao, and Ecuacentair Join the Network San Jose, CA (February 4, 2015) – World Fuel Services announced today that it has added three new FBOs to their growing Air Elite® Network. YU Lounge, located at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (TKPK) in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Jet Centre Curacao, located at Hato International Airport (TNCC) in Willemstad, Curacao and Ecuacentair, located at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (SEQM) in Quito, Equador have signed with the network. Operated by Leeward Flight Services Limited, YU Lounge officially signed with the Air Elite Network in December, 2014 at the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition in Dubai. YU Lounge’s private airport terminal features a luxurious lounge and first-rate services for passengers and crew. Beyond the standard FBO/Flight Handling services such as fuel and ground handling, YU Lounge offers travelers a unique personal concierge experience from the moment they step off of their aircraft. “YU Lounge has been eager to join the Air Elite Network as the service and facility standards and commitment to raising the service bar for operators is in perfect alignment with the YU Lounge customer service philosophy. We look forward to growing globally with the Air Elite Network” said Desigen Vythilingum, Deputy General Manager of Leeward Flight Services. Jet Centre Curacao recently started operations in January, 2015 and is Hato International Airport’s first private terminal dedicated to serving business & general aviation customers with a luxurious experience. The FBO offers a wide range of services including on-site customs & immigration services, security, food & beverage, and meeting room facilities. The airport currently receives approximately 3,300 private aircraft arrivals per year, and that number continues to grow. "Jet Centre Curacao is very excited to be one of the newest members of the Air Elite Network along with the other quality FBOs who have recently joined the network. We look forward to the increased industry marketing presence at shows, while partnering Jet Centre Curacao with the strength and reputation of the Air Elite brand" said Ralph Blanchard, CEO of Curacao Aviation Partners. Ecuacentair, an Ascent branded FBO, operates a modern, attractive facility within the General Aviation Building at Mariscal Sucre International Airport. The facility was built in 2013 and is staffed by an experienced aviation services team that works closely with the aviation community in Quito to provide guests a positive experience when visiting the local area. With full passenger/crew amenities and aircraft support, Ecuacentair is a trusted partner on the ground in Ecuador for comfort, ground handling coordination and fuel coordination. “Ecuacentair’s experienced team strives to provide our customers a best-in-class FBO experience when visiting Quito by anticipating and meeting our customers’ needs. We are grateful to be given the opportunity to be one of the first Air Elite FBOs in the Latin American market and we are excited to grow with the network in the future” said Silvio Tano, FBO Director of Ecuacentair. With these additions, the Air Elite Network now has 37 locations worldwide. The network was established in late 2011 and each FBO must meet a number of airport, facility and service quality standards in order to qualify for membership. To learn more about the Air Elite Network, please visit Air Elite at the 2015 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (Row 600) in San Jose, CA from February 3 – February 6, 2015. About Air Elite® Air Elite® is a global network of uniquely exceptional FBOs. The premier network of Diamond Service locations is strategically positioned around the world. The comfort of consistency is delivered through elevated facility standards and customer service. Air Elite offers customers the pleasure of variety with the local expertise and regional nuances of independently owned FBOs. www.AirEliteNetwork.com. About World Fuel Services Corporation Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World Fuel Services is a global energy management company involved in providing energy procurement advisory services, supply fulfillment and transaction and payment management solutions to commercial and industrial customers, principally in the aviation, marine and land transportation industries. World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, call 305‐428‐8000 or visit www.wfscorp.com.

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