About Us

Making Life Better for Professional Drivers


Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J is the largest supplier of diesel fuel in the United States. With more than 650 locations, Pilot Flying J is the nation’s largest retail operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.

Founded by James Haslam II, the first Pilot was opened in Gate City, Va., in an existing gasoline station in 1958. After more than four decades of rapid growth, expansion and partnership, Pilot and Marathon Oil Company entered an agreement to found Pilot Travel Centers in 2001.

Over the years, Pilot Travel Centers experienced significant growth and expanded internationally, opening its first travel center in Canada in 2006. In 2007, Pilot bought Marathon Petroleum’s shares and entered a new partnership with CVC Capital Partner in 2008. Two years later, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Centers entered a contribution agreement, officially creating Pilot Flying J on July 1, 2010.

Today, Pilot Flying J is ranked by Forbes as the 6th largest private company in America. The Pilot Flying J network provides customers with access to over 60,000 parking spaces for trucks, over 4,400 showers and over 4,000 diesel lanes, of which more than 3,400 offer DEF at the pump. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.



At Pilot Flying J, we believe it is essential to give back to our communities that have given so much to us. Our priorities are education, social services and economic development. Through contributions in these areas, we strive to better the communities we serve.

For more information about our corporate philanthropy efforts, please click here