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We Are Energized By Our Heritage & Our CEO

In Qatar, we are managing millions of gallons of jet fuel for the U.S. military. Commercial jets at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel are being fueled by our personnel. At Guantanamo Bay, our people—on speedboats—are moving between U.S. Navy vessels to ensure fuel quality control. In Chile, our office is procuring roses to move to LAX. In Japan, Korea, Europe and South America we are managing the loading of passengers, cargo and fuel onto commercial, corporate, and U.S. Military aircraft.

Mercury Air Group never sleeps. We are a global leader in the aviation services industry with business operations in more than 60 locations worldwide with 1,350 employees.

To never sleep takes energy. Mercury gets its power from two sources—our heritage and our CEO.

Flying Tiger CrewMercury was founded in 1956 by three members of the legendary, World War II, First American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers—Thomas C. Haywood, Robert P. “Duke” Hedman and Robert J. “Catfish” Raine. It is this tradition of teamwork, integrity and achieving strong results that drives our Chairman & CEO-- Joseph A. Czyzyk.

Joe, as everyone calls him, was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors, he traveled Europe as a toddler and grew up in Canada. His parents moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old and he became a U.S. citizen. With that kind of childhood, it’s no wonder Mercury is an international company.


Joe has visited nearly 100 nations and has established business operations in more than 45 countries during his career, which started in the airline industry. He joined Mercury in 1984 to establish the company’s cargo division. As Chairman of the Board, he privatized the company in 2006, after nearly three decades on the American Stock Exchange.

Joe Czyzyk, CEO
Joe Czyzyk, CEO
Mercury Air Group

From extensive travels to every part of the globe, but with a special emphasis on South America, Asia and the Middle East, Joe has deep international relationships, which have allowed Mercury to expand far beyond its Los Angeles headquarters.

Civic activism is a cornerstone of Joe’s career. Joe is past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce—the oldest and most prestigious business association in Southern California.

Joe's Bio

More About Mercury Air Group

Privately held, Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group provides jet fuel, air cargo services and transportation as well as support services for international and U.S. commercial airlines, general aviation and the U.S. government through three primary subsidiaries: MercFuel, Inc., Mercury Air Cargo, Inc. and Maytag Aircraft Corporation.

  • MercFuel is one of the world’s largest independent providers of aviation fuel, utilizing a network of over 400 third party fuel supply locations in the U.S. and over 1,000 international locations.
  • Mercury is the longest continually operating tenant at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mercury Air Cargo is the #1 airline cargo handler at LAX. Mercury has the distinction of operating the Nation’s first TSA certified Independent Cargo Screening Facility, as well as the largest on-airport refrigeration unit on the West Coast—both located at LAX, SJC, and SFO.
  • Maytag Aircraft Corporation is a U.S. Government services contractor, providing essential operations and maintenance services ranging from aircraft refueling, bulk fuel storage management and air terminal and ground handling to base operating support at multiple international and domestic U.S. military locations.

Mercury remains on the move. Between China and Mexico, our offices are sourcing capacity on numerous cargo flights. In Germany, our team is providing jet fuel at U.S. and NATO military bases. Throughout the world we are replenishing supplies at Army, AirForce Exchange Stores for U.S. personnel and contractors. Our U.S. offices are doing their fair share too.

After all, Mercury never sleeps.

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