With financing for business aircraft still far from easy to secure, ExecuJet Aviation has stepped up its efforts to help get more people airborne through its SimplyFly Finance program. The plan is to offer fast-access, simplified nonrecourse financing in the shape of five-year loans or leases for up to 70 percent of the value of an aircraft worth at least $20 million and no more than five years old. An initial fund of $400 million provided by ExecuJet’s main shareholder Dermot Desmond is available to support the program.
ExecuJet Aviation is offering aircraft buyers a more direct and straightforward way to finance and operate business jets through its relaunched SimplyFly program. The package offers a quick decision on financing and the opportunity to have the aircraft managed.
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.
Buying an aircraft can be a daunting task. Unless a company or individual has deep pockets, it will inevitably require either leasing with an option to buy or financing a purchase. Even if paying in cash is an option, doing so can be problematic. Dave Labrozzi, senior v-p and general manager of Danbury, Conn.-based GE Corporate Aircraft Group, explained the difference between leasing with an option to buy and outright purchase.
Students of the now-defunct training school Silver State Helicopters are suing KeyBank, one of the banks that financed their tuition, charging that it engaged in fraudulent loan practices and was an active participant in a Ponzi scheme concocted by Silver State executives. Silver State filed Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy on February 3.
The Springfield-Branson Regional Airport (SGF) in Missouri has become the first borrower under a new $300 million airport projects pooled loan financing program created by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
The European Commission (EC) has ordered Italy to ensure immediate reimbursement of E170 million ($250 million) worth of “illegal” loans that had been allotted to various aerospace programs, including AgustaWestland for the A109 and A119 and Alenia-made Falcon 2000 business jet subassemblies. In addition, Italy must ask Avio to repay a loan for its contribution to the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308 business jet engine.
Mission Oaks National Bank in Temecula, Calif., hopes to become the lender of choice for pilots shopping for general aviation airplanes and, in some cases, helicopters in the western U.S. from New Mexico to Washington, as well as Nevada and Arizona, and occasionally other states. The bank will consider loans on aircraft valued up to $3.5 million. Veteran aviation lender Juan Alonzo has been hired to manage the new aircraft loan department.
When Mary Schwartz, director of aircraft finance for Citigroup (Booth No. 1058), was given the task of forming the New York-based bank’s aircraft finance department six years ago, its portfolio of business airplanes consisted of just a few.