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 BANJERCITO TO SIGN MAJOR CHARGE CARD AGREEMENT WITH AIR ROUTING


INTERNATIONAL AND ROYAL BANK OF CANADA; AVIATION CHARGE CARD PROGRAM
 EXPANDS FOR MEXICAN CARDHOLDERS
 HOUSTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The premier Mexican government- owned bank, Banjercito, yesterday signed an agreement with Air Routing International Corporation (ARI) and the Royal Bank of Canada (Montreal Stock Exchange: RY) to handle the ARI/Royal Bank of Canada BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS(R) charge card program in the Republic of Mexico.
 This will be the first time that a charge card, managed domestically and dedicated for the payment of aviation fuel and ground handling services for commercial and non-commercial aircraft, will be available throughout Mexico.
 The ARI/Royal Bank of Canada card, distributed by the Royal Bank of Canada, has been accepted throughout Mexico for the past 5 years by aviation services and fuel suppliers. Local management of the card, however, will greatly enhance both use and acceptance of the card in Mexico.
 Currently, the ARI/Royal Bank of Canada card is accepted in 166 countries around the world, with over 1,300 aircraft worldwide.
 The signing took place on Wednesday, 17 November, in Mexico City at Banjercito's offices. Present for the bank were Colonel Jose Luis Coronel Guzman, director general, and Harold H. Rabling Torres, director general adjunto, of Banjercito; Rudy Fabre, president of Air Routing International Corporation (Houston); Richard Wilkens, president of Air Routing International (Canada); and David Smith, manager BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS, Royal Bank of Canada.
 "The Mexican aviation market is the second largest in the world in private aircraft, second only to the United States," said Mr. Fabre. "It is a billion dollar marketplace. With the acceptance of the ARI/Royal Bank of Canada charge card, obtaining aviation fuel and ground services will be tremendously easier for every pilot and aircraft owner who flies in or through Mexico."
 The ARI/Royal Bank of Canada BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS charge card is unique to the aviation industry and only available through Air Routing International. The card matches the registered tail number of the individual aircraft and offers immediate credit at the point of sale for aviation fuel or ground services.
 Unlike other bank charge cards, the ARI/Royal Bank of Canada BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS card facilitates payments for aviation goods and services with minimal formality. In the aviation industry where time is critical, this credit card facilitates the immediate purchase of all ground or fueling services.
 The card is held by both commercial and non-commercial (corporate and private) aircraft.
 Air Routing International Corporation is a privately held international flight services provider to the corporate and charter operator communities flying international itineraries. Air Routing provides a comprehensive and integrated array of crucial aviation- related services to more than 600 clients through a network of more than 650 agents worldwide.
 Banco Nacional Del Ejercito, Fuerza Aerea Y Armada, S.N.C. (Banjercito) is the national bank of the armed forces of Mexico and is incorporated by Mexican law.
 The Royal Bank of Canada, with more than $100 billion in assets, is recognized as the largest bank in Canada and the fourth largest financial institution in North America.
 "Mexico is a great place to do business," Mr. Fabre commented. "The government of Mexico, through Banjercito, has realized the potential for this aviation charge card program. Its availability throughout the country will put Mexico's aviation services at the fingertips of all our international cardholders."
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