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Corporate Jet Investor Power List 2015

Corporate Jet Investor Power List 2015 Updated

Picking out the best sports stars, films or songs is always fun. Over the next two weeks we will be counting down the 10 individuals that we think will change the business jet market in 2015. We have deliberately left

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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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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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Kirsten Bartok: The truth about investing in corporate jets

While the leasing market for commercial jets is based on well-understood financing techniques and has attained a high level of sophistication, that for investing in corporate jets is at an earlier stage of development. For many would-be participants the corporate jet market is one of misconceptions and, for the present, incomplete information.

This article covers points made by Kirsten Bartok, vice  presentation structured finance, Hawker Beechcraft, at International Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance 2011.

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Kirsten Bartok, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation

Kirsten Bartok is Hawker Beechcraft Corporation’s Vice President, Structured Finance & Corporate Development. 

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Airfinance Leasing Corporation: Changing operating leasing

Airfinance Leasing is not just a new company. Kirsten Bartok, its founder and CEO, is trying to create a new market. Bartok, who was one of the launch team of XO JET, believes business jet fleet operators – she prefers this term to calling them fractional companies – should copy airlines and use true operating leases to finance aircraft.

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