Bombardier Aerospace might well have secured its place in the Russian airline market during the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011) this week, when the country’s largest airplane lessors signed a memorandum of understanding covering up to 30 C Series jets.
The world’s aircraft leasing industry appears to have weathered the proverbial storm of the global recession and now looks well positioned to exploit aircraft placement opportunities in markets such as China, in particular. However, such opportunities won’t come without their challenges, according to some of the leasing company bosses who appeared at this spring’s International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT) conference.
Avantair now offers leasing of fractional shares of Piaggio Avanti turboprops. The new Axis lease program allows buyers to lease a share of a fractional Avanti; this is a true lease, not a block-charter program.
The market for business aircraft in India is wide open and set to grow at a rate of about 13 percent each year over the next decade, according to Alok Wadhawan, a manager with the structured finance division of South African bank Investec.
Chinese companies are at the forefront of efforts to provide the capital needed to expand that country’s business aircraft fleet via finance and operating leases. Beijing-based Minsheng Financial Leasing has already acquired 32 jets and expects all of these to be in service with operators in China by year-end–at which point it intends to have extended its portfolio of aircraft ordered to around 50.
Bombardier Aerospace late last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ICBC Financial Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, to provide up to $8 billion in financing for Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, as well as for the Canadian manufacturer’s airliners.
Milestone Aviation Group (Booth No. 4042), a global finance company focused on providing leasing of high-value helicopters and private jets, announced at Heli-Expo 2011 that it has closed $141 million in transactions for 27 new and used helicopters since the company was launched in last August.
Milestone Aviation Group (Booth No. 4042), a global finance company focused on providing leasing of high-value helicopters and private jets, announced at Hel-Expo 2011 that it has closed $141 million in transactions for 20 new and used helicopters since the company was launched in last August.
Aircraft valuation specialist Ascend painted a mixed picture of prospects for airliner leasing and sales this year in its Evolution 2011 webinar on February 10.