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Suha Kocabal joins Airfinance

Suha Kocabal joins Airfinance

NEWS RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC (February 15, 2018) – AirFinance, a global aerospace and equipment financing business, today announced the addition of H. Suha Kocabal to its business development team. Prior to joining to AirFinance, Mr. Kocabal was with TD Bank

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AirFinance formally launches FlyFunder

AirFinance formally launches FlyFunder

AirFinance has formally launched FlyFunder, an online marketplace to connect buyers of business jets and helicopters with financiers. “The current process for obtaining aircraft financing is a tedious and labor-intensive process that requires a large number of phone calls and emails. Aircraft

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Ex-Im Bank and AirFinance support Gulfstream in Nigeria and AgustaWestand in Colombia

Ex-Im Bank and AirFinance support Gulfstream in Nigeria and AgustaWestand in Colombia

AirFinance, financed three one Gulfstream G450 and two AgustaWestland deliveries in May. The G450 was delivered to Azikel Air part of a Nigerian conglomerate. The two AW139 helicopters were bought by North Pole Investments, an aviation lessor in Panama City.

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Corporate Jet Investor Awards 2015: The winners

Corporate Jet Investor Awards 2015: The winners

Best Private Bank for Business Jet Finance and Advisory EMEA 2015: Credit Suisse As part of a large, internally active private and investment bank, Credit Suisse’s banking solutions go way beyond aircraft loans; they can cater to the corporate needs

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Kirsten Bartok: the innovator

Kirsten Bartok: the innovator

Kirsten Bartok is No. 10 on the Corporate Jet Investor Power List 2015. Kirsten Bartok’s CV is impressive. She has worked as a banker (Goldman Sachs), an operator (XOJET), a manufacturer (Hawker Beechcraft) and as an entrepreneur (Airfinance). In the

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Kirsten Bartok, Airfinance

Kirsten Bartok co-founded AirFinance in 2008 with a few other partners with long histories in aviation financing, and in 2010 took a leave of absence from the company to work with Hawker Beechcraft Corporation the manufacturer of business, special-mission and trainer aircraft. While at Hawker, Kirsten was Vice President, Sales Financing, Structured Finance & Corporate Development where she was responsible for structured finance, sales financing, corporate development, strategy, joint ventures, developing and maintaining relations with financing institutions and investment banking communities as it related to mergers and acquisitions.

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Airfinance Leasing

Airfinance is an exciting new source of finance for non-US borrowers. Although Ex-Im Bank guaranteed loans have been availible for years, Airfinance makes it efficient for smaller transactions. It is a new company with a highly experienced team and already closing deals.

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Is this the start of the golden age of export credit?

The actual aircraft can be similar, but, apart from that, business aviation and the commercial airline market are completely different industries.

Although there are noticeable differences between carriers, all airlines rely on passenger and freight sales to make (or quite often) lose money. A few business jet buyers rely on a similar business model making money from charter, but many others fund their flying from money they make in completely unconnected industries or their own personal wealth.

This fundamental difference has made life difficult for export credit agencies that have been asked to increase their support for business jet exports since 2008.

The Export Import Bank of the US (Ex-IM), Export Development Canada (EDC), Brazil’s Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) and France’s Coface are all very experienced providers of guarantees for commercial aircraft. Although they all have occasionally financed business jets and helicopters for over 10 years, it was not been a major focus for them.

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Business jet and helicopter finance report 2012

The business jet finance market is generally pretty strong. It has not returned to pre-2008 levels (and, possibly, may never) but there is no new aircraft credit crunch in most countries.

The last six months has not seen many significant new lenders start offering business jet finance, but neither has it seen any large financiers formally leave.  This is in contrast with commercial aircraft finance which has seen several large European banks exit from financing airlines.  

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Kirsten Bartok leaves Hawker Beechcraft to focus on Airfinance

Kirsten Bartok has left Hawker Beechcraft  to return to Airfinance a specialist business jet finance company she founded in 2009.

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