Bank of America and Avjet Aviation Services yesterday announced a strategic alliance whereby business jet buyers will receive preferred terms if they finance their airplane through Bank of America and enter into a management agreement with Avjet.
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The results of a major bank merger are on display at the NBAA Convention. The aircraft-financing divisions of San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia, which was acquired by Wells Fargo on December 31, are showcasing their offerings together in the exhibit hall.
Cessna Finance has introduced new lower-rate financing for Cessna piston singles and Caravan turboprops. The program, which applies only to 2009 purchases, covers the Cessna 172, 182 and 206 high-wing pistons; the Corvalis and Corvalis TT high-performance low-wing pistons; and the 208/208B Caravan/ Grand Caravan turboprops.
In an economy that has ravaged aviation, one stable segment is the insurance industry, but change is coming. “Nobody knows what [the future is] going to look like,” an industry expert told AIN.
“Available business jet inventories look finally to be stabilizing,” UBS Investment Research noted in its latest business jet update, although pre-owned inventory remains at record-high levels, at 18 percent of the in-service fleet.
Credit is tight, but money is available. That’s the message from Jim Pulie, director of business development for Center Capital’s general aviation division.
As the global economy churns, the aviation finance market holds its breath. A recent report from UK-based aviation analysis firm IBA Group predicts that financing will become even more difficult to secure as the year progresses, as lenders chart a cautious course through the turmoil.
The standoff between buyers and sellers over the last six months is beginning to show some wear. It seems that sellers had been concentrating on where prices were six months ago, as buyers were predicting where they would be six months forward. The dichotomy in perspectives aided in slowing transactions to a crawl.
Last year when AIN took a close look at the aviation finance industry, the prevailing sentiment among industry insiders was that if you were looking for money to finance a business jet, the money would find you. At the time, many of the aircraft finance divisions still felt they were relatively insulated from their mortgage brethren, even within the same company.
Business aircraft buyers can expect loans to be harder to find and more costly, according to Adam Warner, president of Key Equipment Finance, Downers Grove, Ill. “There are fewer players in the finance market because some banks simply don’t have capital to lend,” he said. Those that have money are more selective and now less willing to finance 100 percent of an aircraft’s value.