NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG) announced today the formation of its new Aircraft Financing Solutions (AFS) group. The AFS initiative will focus on the development and marketing of credit-enhanced financing structures that provide airline customers more alternatives and greater access to additional sources of capital for aircraft purchases, while providing improved risk-adjusted returns for lenders and capital providers.
“This initiative provides ACG with a compelling complement to its core operating lease services, enabling us to offer a broader set of fleet financing solutions to airlines,” said Khanh T. Tran, president and CEO of ACG. “Our AFS group will work closely with ACG’s marketing team to expand the services we offer to airline customers on a wide range of aircraft types.”
To help launch the AFS initiative, Robert Roy, Andrew Falk and Robert Lewandowski will be joining ACG as managing directors and will together help lead program development, transaction underwriting and management. All three executives were previously with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), collectively serving over 50 years as key members of EXIM Bank’s aircraft finance team. Together, they helped create and run EXIM Bank’s highly successful aircraft finance program, which supported over $100 billion of financings, covering more than 1,700 commercial aircraft.
Mr. Roy commented, “We are extremely excited to participate in the establishment of ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions group as a complementary line of business to ACG's world-class aircraft operating lease platform. Moreover, we look forward to exploring a number of aircraft financing opportunities to meet the needs of our customers. It is truly an honor to work for ACG in this new capacity.”
Mr. Roy, Mr. Falk, and Mr. Lewandowski will join ACG in late March 2018 and will be located in ACG’s Newport Beach office.