Bank of America and Avjet Aviation Services yesterday announced a strategic alliance whereby business jet buyers will receive preferred terms if they finance their airplane through Bank of America and enter into a management agreement with Avjet.
The results of a major bank merger are on display at the NBAA Convention. The aircraft-financing divisions of San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia, which was acquired by Wells Fargo on December 31, are showcasing their offerings together in the exhibit hall.
Perception is reality. That was the message yesterday from European and U.S. business aviation leaders who are waging an image campaign against politicians and the media engaged in class warfare against travelers who fly privately.
Credit is tight, but money is available. That’s the message from Jim Pulie, director of business development for Center Capital’s general aviation division.
As the global economy churns, the aviation finance market holds its breath. A recent report from UK-based aviation analysis firm IBA Group predicts that financing will become even more difficult to secure as the year progresses, as lenders chart a cautious course through the turmoil.
Long Island-based jet charter and management company ExcelAire has been selected to join Executive Jet Management, Jet Aviation and Jet Direct as a partner by Bank of America’s aircraft financing division. According to the bank, customers seeking aircraft financing will be offered discounted lease terms if they select one of these management providers.
World banking giant Bank of America (Booth No. 700), a long-time player in fixed-wing financing, announced yesterday its entrance into the rotorcraft market. Although the bank has financed helicopters on an individual basis in the past, this marks the company’s first attempt at luring a broad spectrum of new clients.
Bank of America (Booth No. 2390) announced today that it is establishing a cross referral and joint marketing program with Atlantic Aviation Flight Services, a subsidiary of Sentient Jet. According to Bank of America, clients who have signed on with Atlantic Aviation will receive “enhanced economics” in their financing terms from Bank of America.
A proposed wholesale change to Embraer’s capital structure will see CEO Mauricio Botelho leave his chief executive’s post in April next year and become chairman of the new company until April 2009, the end of his three-year term. Embraer’s CEO since September 1995, 10 months after the company became a private enterprise, Botelho called the decision to step down a personal one.
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