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 23 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.

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.

Universal-Drivania – Chauffeured Ground Transportation

Universal-Drivania is a joint venture of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. and Drivania Chauffeurs. We are the only ground transportation provider with experience in mission planning and logistics.

  • Explore operational insights from our blog.

    • Lunar New Year – How it impacts business aviation ops
      by Alan Pong on January 23, 2020 at 14:00

      Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) has a huge impact on business aviation in terms of airport congestion and sold-out hotels/services throughout much of Asia. This year's Lunar New Year holiday takes place from Feb. 4-10, 2019. But congestion and service limitations are likely to start as soon as January 30th and continue through February 11th... The post Lunar New Year – How it impacts business aviation ops appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • Ops Update: 2020 Equipment regulation changes and filing requirements
      by Robert Moya on January 22, 2020 at 21:36

      Several aircraft equipment regulatory changes have recently and will soon go into effect. These changes will impact operations over the United States, North Atlantic, and Europe. The post Ops Update: 2020 Equipment regulation changes and filing requirements appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • APIS, TSA and DOT Authorization Info for Non-U.S. Registered Business Aircraft
      by Adam Hartley on January 22, 2020 at 20:50

      It’s important to keep in mind that filing APIS does not negate the requirement to notify customs of your arrival. Contact Universal's Global Regulatory Services Team for the latest APIS filing requirements and to help manage APIS revisions. The post APIS, TSA and DOT Authorization Info for Non-U.S. Registered Business Aircraft appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • Japan Ops Update – New mandatory luggage inspections and expansion of domestic ops permit
      by Hiroshi Higashiyama on January 21, 2020 at 15:01

      Early in 2020, Japan announced increased security inspections of luggage of arrival/departing private jet passengers as well as an expansion for domestic operation permits. The post Japan Ops Update – New mandatory luggage inspections and expansion of domestic ops permit appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.