Our Brands

It's all about mission success.

The story of our brands is a simple one. It’s always been about your success. We started with weather in 1959, and grew into trip logistics when our clients needed us to. Later, our clients asked for ways to reduce their fuel costs, ground support that focused on business aviation versus commercial, and more reliable in-flight catering—so that’s what we did, and we helped pioneer an industry.

Today, whether used together or standalone, each of our brands represents the different ways we support our clients in an ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated operating environment. And while these brands may appear different, they all work together to help operators overcome the unexpected, exceed the high expectations placed on them, and achieve mission success.

Explore our brands and discover how they can help you and your operation succeed.

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

Often called just “Universal” or “UV”, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. is the name of our parent company and is best known for providing complete trip support services for business aviation. Our clients count on us to help them navigate ever-changing regulations worldwide, overcome the unexpected, and make every mission a success.

UVair® Fuel Program

UVair is the fueling division of Universal. Created in 1981, it was the first-ever contract fuel program for general and business aviation, helping operators reduce their overall fuel costs. Today, the UVair Fueling Card is carried by 19,500+ card holders and accepted at 5,000+ locations around the world. It serves a variety of operator types, including business aviation, commercial, government, and military.

Universal Aviation – Worldwide Ground Support

In the late 1970s, Universal established its first international ground handling locations, which would later become the Universal Aviation® worldwide ground support network. Today, Universal Aviation has 50+ FBO and ground support locations in 20+ countries, and is known for delivering an experience on the ground that exceeds expectations.

Air Culinaire Worldwide

Recognizing the critical importance that in-flight catering plays in the success of a mission, Universal acquired Air Chef Holdings, LLC in 2011. Today known as Air Culinaire Worldwide, our 21 owned-and-operated kitchens serve 133 airports across the United States, United Kingdom, and France. Combined with our network of associate catering partners, we can deliver a total in-flight catering experience that is simple and enjoyable across 1,800+ airports worldwide.

UVair FBO Network

In 2012, EPIC® Aviation, LLC. and the UVair® Fuel Program, the fueling division of Universal, came together to create the UVair FBO Network – a network of premier, independently-owned FBO partners across North America, dedicated to delivering what business aircraft operators need most on the ground: comfortable spaces, consistent service, and confidence in knowing what to expect when they land. All UVair FBO Network locations meet the strictest standards for facilities, operational safety and customer service.

Universal Private Transport

Ground transportation is a critical component for both passengers and crew on any trip. A late arrival, the wrong size vehicle, or badinformation can ruin the mission. Launched in spring 2016 to mitigate these risks, Universal Private Transport– a wholly-owned Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. company – provides global ground transportation services for business aircraft operators. Universal Private Transport empowers users with the ability to track reservations, changes, confirmations, driver details and movements in one centralized location, reducing stress and eliminating surprises.

A2G Concierge

Created in 2016, Air2Ground Concierge (A2G) is a global concierge network dedicated to ensuring the success of our clients’ missions at their destination—by offering a high-touch level of service focused on the passenger and crew, beyond that of what is typically received from the ground handler. A2G is exclusively available on missions coordinated by Universal® Trip Support Services.

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      by Adam Hartley on November 13, 2018 at 12:30

      Keeping up with complex carbon emissions regulations has been a challenge for business aviation operators over the past decade. The task has become more daunting, with two new trading schemes – SWISS-ETS (CH-ETS) and CORSIA – joining the regulatory landscape. The result is there are now three separate emissions programs affecting segments of the general aviation industry concurrently. Understanding the programs’ regulatory requirements, monitoring methodology, tools, deadlines, applicability and exemptions is critical to creating a strategy for compliance. Below is a review and update for all three programs: 1. CORSIA and the future of emission schemes In 2016, ICAO approved […]

    • NEW TEMPORARY CAYMAN ISLANDS PEAK SEASON SLOT RESTRICTIONS AT MWCR
      by Universal on November 8, 2018 at 16:35

      It was just announced that arrival and departure slots will be required for all general aviation flights operating to Owen Roberts International Airport (MWCR) in Georgetown, Cayman Islands from Nov. 18, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019. For a full breakdown on everything you need to know about operating to the Caribbean during peak season visit our blog article: Caribbean peak season bizjet travel – how to eliminate “island time” ops stress. […]

    • Am I eligible to become a Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)?
      by Jaclyn Gilbert on November 7, 2018 at 12:30

      If you’ve managed to find your way to this article, it’s safe to say you likely work in business aviation (or want to) and are looking for ways to advance your career into a leadership role. A quick Google search for Certified Aviation Manager or CAM will pull up a myriad of good resources and articles explaining the benefits of the program. I won’t rehash those in this article. My intent here is to simply share my personal views on the program, clear up a common misconception, and share what it’s meant for me professionally, allowing you to make your […]

    • Flying a business jet to the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix
      by Marcia Taue on November 5, 2018 at 12:30

      Guarulhos (SBGR) is the preferred airport for many international general aviation (GA) arrivals into Brazil for the Formula One Grand Prix event which runs November 11 and 12. As of October 25, 2017, at 0001, local new long term GA parking procedures go into effect at SBGR... […]