Aircraft Finance & Leasing

Specialist expertise

With COVID-19 continuing to impact worldwide, the aviation industry (including airlines, aircraft lessors, aircraft financing vehicles) is struggling to maintain liquidity and revenue, with some airlines having gone into bankruptcy protection or examinership. Forecasts are that the aviation industry will continue to struggle into 2022 with latest expectations being that passenger volumes will not return to 2019 levels until 2024 at the earliest. However, recovery will be at different rates with the Chinese domestic market recovering significantly and the USA domestic market also showing signs of a strong upturn.

Capital can still be raised, with United Airlines raising capital via US taxpayer-backed loans and borrowings from banks using their customer loyalty programme as collateral and in 2021, the first aircraft ABS was issued since the pandemic occurred.

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GATS Approved Trustee

Cafico International is authorised by the Aviation Working Group (AWG) to act as trustee service provider for the Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS), a digital trading platform that has been designed to modernise aircraft equipment trading and financing.

We provide a fully comprehensive, tailored suite of accounting, administration, lease and cash management services to operating lessors, manufacturers, airlines, banks and financial institutions.

We have built a solid reputation as a secure and reliable partner for those wishing to manage their aircraft financing and leasing operations through Ireland.

We have extensive experience in the provision of corporate services to SPVs used for the structuring of lease-in, lease-out (LILO) aviation transactions, securitisations and other forms of asset finance.

Our clients include investment banks, private equity firms, alternative lenders, airlines and aircraft lessors. We manage aircraft leases in SPVs around the world, working with a wide range of aircraft lessors, including both new entrants and established players.

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Our services

  • Managing agent services

  • GATS Trustee Owner trustee services

  • Beneficial Ownership Registers

  • Lease accounting and financial reporting services

    • IFRS, US GAAP and local GAAP

    • iXBRL Financial Statements

  • Corporate Governance and Secretarial Services

    • SPV formation

    • Resident Irish directors

    • Provision of registered office

  • Supporting aircraft purchase and sale transactions

  • Cash management services and ABS structures

  • Aircraft securitisation services

Tailored ancillary services
  • Payroll administration

  • Assistance with pensions and benefits establishment

  • Project management

  • Anti-money laundering regulations compliance

  • Periodic investment management reporting

  • Guidance on GDPR

  • Central Bank statistical reporting

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