ABL Aviation and SBI Group have teamed up in an exclusive partnership to offer aircraft investment opportunities to the Japanese investor market using Japanese Operating Lease (JOL) and Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) structures.

ABL Aviation is a specialist aircraft investment firm with an established track record of sourcing and managing quality aviation investments for its investors. SBI Group is one of the largest financial conglomerate in Japan which currently is an active player in JOL/JOLCO market.

SBI Group and ABL Aviation assume to raise this business to $1bn scale within two years. This new venture, capitalising on both parties’ expertise, will focus on new and mid-life aircraft in both the passenger and freighter space.

ABL Aviation and SBI Group are pleased to collaborate in this new exclusive partnership, one of mutual respect with a shared vision for success.

Masahiro Kaito, Chief Executive Officer of SBI Leasing Services, says: “Both the JOL and JOLCO markets are seeing tremendous investor appetite. In the JOLCO market, high demand from Japanese equity investors is leading to many new airlines, as well as aircraft leasing companies, entering this market. SBI Leasing Services and ABL Aviation intend to take advantage of this demand and identify suitable transactions for its investors.”

Ali Ben Lmadani, Chief Executive Officer of ABL Aviation, says: “Recent large JOLCO transactions with high-quality airlines like Vietjet, Ethiopian, Emirates and SAS demonstrate the insatiable equity appetite in the Japanese tax lease market. The JOL market, too, remains robust and more and more players are entering this market. We look forward to expand our JOL and JOLCOs investments with the help of SBI network of banks.”