Fractional provider Avantair shut down today and furloughed employees as it “seeks alternative financing arrangements that it hopes will enable it to resume operations as quickly and efficiently as possible,” according to a June 26 8-K SEC filing.
Vector Financial Services Ireland announced at Heli-Expo ’13 availability of a fleet of customized Super Puma AS332Ls, including new leasing and hourly support options, aimed at utility operators in the European Union, UN and NATO countries.
“Our lease program gives customers the ability to operate a Super Puma AS332L helicopter…without the large capital investment associated with outright purchase of either a second-hand aircraft or the associated typical aircraft financial lease type obligations,” said Vector UK managing director Michael Tyrell.
Magellan Aviation Group, an integrated aftermarket aviation support services provider, has chosen Quantum Control software to manage its leasing, asset management and repair operations for its worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs and MRO companies.
Milestone Aviation Group, the helicopter leasing firm headed by NetJets founder Richard Santulli, is raising $250 million to purchase aircraft and refinance previously purchased aircraft. It is doing this by offering senior unsecured notes that are due in 2017. Milestone, which provides 100-percent operating lease financing for helicopters, has leased more than 60 aircraft worth more than $850 million since its launch in August 2010.
According to figures released today by business aviation data company Amstat, the long hoped-for “broad based business aircraft resale market recovery still remains elusive.” While inventories of pre-owned business aircraft continued to contract and transaction activity continues to increase on a year-over-year basis, the rate of improvement slowed in the third quarter, it said.
Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (SMBC) beat more than 30 other bidders to complete the acquisition of RBS Aviation Capital on October 15, demonstrating the growing importance of leasing in new-airliner acquisitions. The bank’s new SMBC Aviation division intends to merge two other leasing companies owned by its shareholders to challenge for the number-three position in the leasing sector, controlling some 331 aircraft.
GE Capital Aviation Service signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow with CFM International to participate in the engine manufacturer’s new product offering for leasing companies, called Portable Maintenance for Lessors (PML). The final agreement should be complete by year-end, the companies said.
Engine Lease Finance (ELFC) has become the first CFM International (CFMI) spare-engine lessor to use the manufacturer’s portable maintenance for lessors (PML) program under a memorandum of understanding that could be formally ratified by year’s end.
A legal case that could hold serious ramifications for the aircraft financing and leasing industry met its end with a blow against the lenders when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.
Encouraged by last year’s successful effort to secure three European lessors for 10 Air Nostrum CRJ1000s, Bombardier expects the trend toward more lease acquisitions of regional airliners to continue. For the Canadian airframer, attracting lessors will prove vital to the success of the new C Series as well, and perhaps most notably in China, where aircraft leasing remains a relatively new option.