Aviation Finance


In the latest edition of Aviation Finance (January 23rd 2020)
Latest issue: Competitive carriers' backlash against UK Government move to subsidise Flybe; Aircraft Leasing Interview: New CDB Aviation CEO; Investment Banking - Credit Suisse's SCALE new aviation investor platform; ‘Appraiser of the Year’ IBA on the trading, values and lease rates outlook; GATS; Financing developments; Report: aviation’s ‘black star’ on emissions is undeserved, says Udvar-Hazy; Lessors’ unsecured assets reach all time high at $95bn, and, just two weeks ahead of Brexit, the UK Government has issued an ambiguous signal regarding state aid conventions in Europe as it made clear it was prepared to provide financial assistance to help keep domestic carrier Flybe afloat. The response from competitive airlines was immediate with Ryanair's CEO, EasyJet and AIG strongly criticising the move. Questions are also being asked as to why the Government is prepared to help Flybe when it refused to provide any help for Thomas Cook last year. A former lecturer of the Ryanair CEO, Michael O'Leary, Trinity College Dublin economist and pro Chancellor, Sean Barrett says in the latest edition of Aviation Finance: 'subsidising airlines to do something that is inefficient may not be a good idea'.

CDB Aviation records 'strong business activity' and transactions involving 89 aircraft in 2019
20th January 2020: CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited, reported today that the year 2019 marked 'another period of strong business activity and growth', in which it executed transactions involving 89 aircraft. “This past year’s continued growth in our operations is evidence of our unwavering commitment to execution and progressing our highly competitive position in the world’s key markets,” said newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Patrick Hannigan.



Trevor Ricards, SVP Asset Trading, GECAS on the secondary equity market for securitizations

DVB's Kieran O'Keefe on the lease rate factor (LRF)
The decline in lease rates analysed
Virginia Fox on GECAS' risk model
Milestone's Greg Conlon on the rotorcraft business model
Peter Chang on relationships between OEMs and lessors
IBA's Stuart Hatcher on values and lease rates


Avolon publishes its annual 'fearless forecasts', with, top of the list, 'MAX will safely return to revenue service in 2020'
Dublin, 19 January 2020: Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, issued its 2020 outlook paper titled ‘Navigating Through Turbulence’. The paper, written by Avolon’s Jim Morrison and Steve Mason, reviews aviation industry trends in 2019 and offers its 'fearless forecasts' for 2020, previously authored by Avolon's Dick Forsberg. The Max may be coming back in 2020, but, see also IBA's analysis, published last week, on the serious implications it will have for values and fares in 2020. Also, another year of strong ABS market issuance is anticipated, while overall the authors are anticipating reasonable orderliness and consolidation of focus amongst OEMS with no new commercial aircraft programmes to be launched, while focus will continue on longer term questions such as emissions reduction.

Avolon announces pricing Of US$1.75 billion Senior Unsecured Notes Offering
9th January 2020: As anticipated in Aviation Finance on January 9th, Avolon has provided pricing details of its US$1.1 billion Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 and US$650 million Senior Unsecured Notes due 2027.

In the January 9th 2020 edition of Aviation Finance
Boeing's important step to recommend flight simulator training for all MAX pilots; Boeing's difficulty - Airbus' opportunity as year-end push helps it hit revised delivery target for 2019; CDB Aviation appoints Pat Hannigan as CEO in succession to Peter Chang; Airlines create equity value, but with significant regional variations; BOC Aviation and Spirit Airlines confirm Airbus orders; Titan Aviation and Bain Capital Credit in $1 billion freight JV; new deliveries by CDB Aviation to Mexico and AerCap to Pakistan start-up; Russian and Chinese plane makers spread their wings.


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In the December 12th edition of Aviation Finance
In the final issue of 2019: we take a series of seasonal, end of year looks at key elements of the aircraft financing ecosystem, including: airline profitability; recruitment in the 25,000 person-strong global airline finance market; the 'Top 20' risk assessment by top aircraft finance executives; trends likely to affect aircraft lease rates in 2020. Interview with Trevor Ricards, SVP with responsibility for US Asset Trading at GECAS, on its options in the ABS market.

The November 28th 2019 edition of Aviation Finance
In the issue: Moody’s Investor Services says 'the aviation finance industry can take much credit in displaying the skill and discipline it has in managing the difficulties and challenges of the past year'; Also SMBAC's profits growth recovery; MAX edges closer to return.

The November 14th edition of Aviation Finance
In the issue: New GECAS CEO Greg Conlon speaks to Aviation Finance. Also: progress by Europe’s leading low cost carriers, with growth in RPKs. Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing's acquisition of Aircastle at a premium; Airborne Capital joins this year’s long list of ABS issuers.



The October 31st edition of Aviation Finance
In the October 31st issue: There is an abundance of evidence to demonstrate the continued vibrancy of the commercial aviation industry and the aviation finance sector that supports it marked by developments in the securitisation market, which is close to hitting last year’s record level of activity. It is also supported by latest data from IATA and the huge order for 300 new aircraft by Indian LCC Indigo.

The October 17th edition of Aviation Finance
In the latest issue: While there are distinct differences in the business models behind the leading aircraft leasing platforms, it is evident that trading is a core strategic component in all of them. That was demonstrated at AFCDublin, 2019 this week. In this issue we focus on some of these. We also note the launch of three more ABS offerings in a busy Q4 securitisation market.

#AFCDublin 2019
October 15th 2019: #AFCDublin 2019 featured interviews with Aercap CEO Aengus Kelly and CDB Aviation's CCO Patrick Hannigan, conducted by Aviation Finance's contributing editor Joe Gill. Following an address by Virginia Fox, Head of Risk of GECAS, on the ever-important matter of risk management, AFC2019 features the first ever CFO Forum, featuring a panel of the world's top aircraft lessors on the 'finance function of the future', chaired by EY's Danny Buckley. More details: here.

Apollo and Athene's acquisition of GECAS' PK AirFinance lending unit
Apollo Global Management and Athene Holding Ltd are to purchase PK AirFinance with Apollo acquiring the PK AirFinance aircraft lending platform and Athene acquiring PK AirFinance’s existing portfolio of loans. Alec Burger, GE Capital President & CEO, said, “Apollo’s vast lending experience, complementary platforms, and exceptional track record across diversified assets and geographies make it the ideal partner to accelerate PK AirFinance’s growth. This sale is aligned to GE Capital’s overall strategy to become smaller and simpler, and our commitment to reduce our assets by $10 billion in 2019 is now more than halfway complete".

The September 5th edition of Aviation Finance is published
In the latest issue: Latest speakers at annual conference of Aviation Finance in Dublin Castle, Ireland, on October 15th next. We note the continuing strong signs of enthusiasm for aviation assets in various forms, including BA’s return to the EETC market and the purchase of GECAS’ subsidiary PK Finance by Apollo Global Management and Athene.

The August 22nd edition of Aviation Finance is published
In the latest issue: Once again, the importance of trading as an inherent component of the aircraft leasing business model – a topic at the heart of the annual conference of Aviation Finance in Dublin Castle, Ireland, on October 15th next – is highlighted by industry leaders in connection with their reports to shareholders and other stakeholders. SMBC Aviation Finance, BOC Aviation and ALC have all remarked on its role as an intrinsic element of their business models.