CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced today the signing of international aircraft lease agreements with Colombia’s flag carrier Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (“Avianca”) for a fleet of five Airbus A320neo aircraft.
With deliveries from the lessor’s order book planned for 2022 and 2023, the aircraft are leased on a long-term basis and configured with three different seat types: Premium, Plus, and Economy.
“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with the longest running airline in the Americas through a transaction that will help drive the carrier’s new strategy, with environmentally sustainable, new technology aircraft,” commented Luís da Silva, CDB Aviation Head of Commercial, Americas. “These new technology aircraft, featuring lower fuel consumption and superior operating characteristics, will advance Avianca’s commitment to the environment and position the airline for a very bright future amidst the ensuing recovery.”
Francisco Raddatz, Avianca's Vice President, Fleet, said: “We value CDB Aviation´s support and confidence in our new business model and we are happy to continue incorporating new technology aircraft that will support our network growth reducing the environmental footprint.”
CDB Aviation’s commercial team continues to expand outreach to carriers in all aviation markets, pursuing aircraft transactions through placements from its order book as well as identifying opportunities in the sale and leaseback channel.
“With the gradual easing of travel restrictions and accelerating vaccination programs across the Americas, the region’s airlines are increasingly gearing up for a recovery with more versatile fleets that can provide network flexibility, maximize capability while minimizing risk, and improving efficiency and sustainability,” underscored Peter Goodman, CDB Aviation Chief Marketing Officer.
“Our team continues to be focused on availing the carriers of the attractive financing conditions and access to the required capacity to meet a resurgence in demand,” emphasized Goodman. “We are ready and able to execute major, complex transactions in support of our customers to address their rapidly evolving requirements and position their networks for efficient recovery,” concluded Goodman.