Airfinance Journal China 2019

13-14 June 2019

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

Shanghai, China

  • Sponsors >

  • Bank of Communications Financial Leasing
    Platinum Sponsor
  • PwC
    Gold Sponsor
  • Deloitte
  • CMB Financial Leasing
  • BNP Paribas
    Silver Sponsor
  • CFM
  • Shannon Engine Support
  • TMF Group
  • Engine Lease Finance Corporation
    Bronze Sponsor
  • CDB Aviation
  • Novus Aviation Capital
  • Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association
    Supporting Organisation
  • Orbis
    Charity Partner

Event Overview

Airfinance Journal China is the longest running aviation finance conference in China. Over the last 16 years it has become a staple in the diaries of senior executives from airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions and investment houses. Our in-person client engagements and meetings programme, personalised concierge services and a variety of unique networking experiences are integral to facilitate marquee, multi-billion dollar deals for the aviation finance industry.

Air passenger traffic volume in China has grown extensively and the country is expected to dominate the world’s aviation market by 2022. Slowing economic growth, escalating fuel prices and heightened customer expectations are some reasons for increasingly fierce competition within the aviation industry. Join us at Airfinance Journal China 2019 to identify business opportunities and explore solutions to the challenges below:

  • How will trade uncertainty affect the aviation industry in China?
  • What are the implications of rising fuel price for airlines fleet planning strategies?
  • What is the outlook for various sources of capital available in the market? 
  • How can Chinese lessors and airlines prepare for currency turbulence?
  • Will we see more Asian and Chinese lessors making use of aircraft securitization?

We're delighted to offer new initiatives that will allow you to participate the China Airfinance in a different way:

  • 1-2-1 meeting programme facilitated by our personal concierge service
  • pre-event networking cocktail party

Who will attend?

Our two days programme will bring together over 700 senior executives from airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions and investment houses to examine the most pressing issues and opportunities of the aviation finance landscape with at least 62% of senior executives and their direct reports. 

Why attend? 

  • Network with cross section of business leader of the aviation market
  • Discover the latest industry developments on aircraft financing in China and Asia Pacific
  • Engage in high-level discussions about China aviation finance and it’s future development


 Chinese / English simultaneous translation will be provided. 

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Contact us

Sponsorship: Kenneth Yu,
Speaking opportunity: Yvonne Kwok,
Registrations: Charis Kwok,
Logistics: Louisa Kung,


08 00 AM Registration and refreshments
09 00 AM Chairman’s opening remarks
09 10 AM Briefing: The state of China’s aviation economy
  • How will trade uncertainty affect the aviation industry in China?
  • Analysis and forecast of passenger and cargo traffic flows
  • Financial performance of Chinese airlines
09 30 AM Keynote presentations: The next ten years
  • The impact of macroeconomy on the aviation industry in China
  • Airline credit risk
  • The internationalization of Chinese lessors
  • Managing the upcoming aircraft redelivery bow wave
10 10 AM Networking coffee break
10 40 AM Airline presentations
  • Optimization of network and routes
  • Fleet planning and financing future deliveries
  • Major challenges and opportunities of the industry
11 20 AM Airlines’ perspectives
  • Is air travel demand maintaining increasing momentum?
  • What are the implications of rising fuel price for airlines fleet planning strategies?
  • What is the development path for newly established regional airlines?
  • Hon Lam, General Manager, Hong Kong and Southern China, Air Canada
12 00 PM Presentation by KPMG: How is US tax reform affecting Chinese leasing companies?
12 45 PM Lunch
14 05 PM Panel discussion: Bringing C919 to the market
  • Order books and delivery schedule
  • Where does C919 fit on the market?
  • How can airlines finance C919s?
14 45 PM Panel discussion: Challenges of lessor financing in the current market condition
  • What is the outlook for various sources of capital available in the market?
  • How to cope with airline credit risks
  • How the latest aircraft and engine issues are affecting business operations
  • Plans to order C919
  • Peter Huijbers, Director, PH Aviation Asia
  • Bob Roy, Managing Director, Aircraft Financing Solutions Group, Aviation Capital Group LLC
15 25 PM Networking coffee break
15 55 PM Panel discussion: Passing through currency turbulence
  • Are we seeing a trend of lessors accessing financing from the capital market?
  • Loan syndication between international and Chinese banks
  • What is the outlook of the USD/CNY exchange rate?
  • How can Chinese lessors and airlines prepare for currency turbulence?
  • Sabri Gmira, Director Transportation & Offshore Structured Asset Finance, ANZ Banking Group Limited
  • Sandra Chen, Managing Director, Fontainburg Asset management Co., Ltd.
16 35 PM Mega banks’ panel
  • Interpretation of foreign exchange policies and their impact on lessors’ fundraising activities
  • How will Chinese mega banks support C919 acquisition?
  • Diversification of domestic financing tools
  • Fei Long, Deputy Director, Project Appraisal Department I, China Development Bank
  • Haitao Zheng, Senior Manager, Transportation, Corporate Banking Department, BOC Aviation
17 15 PM Close of day one and cocktail reception
08 30 AM Registration and refreshments
09 00 AM Chairman’s opening remarks
09 10 AM In conversation with Airbus and Boeing
  • Estimated aircraft demand from the China market
  • Orders and delivery schedule
  • How new generation models fit into Chinese airline and lessor fleets
09 40 AM Engine OEM presentations
  • Features and reliability of new generation engines
  • Production rate
  • Cost-efficiency of engine programmes
10 20 AM Networking coffee break
10 50 AM Chinese lessors’ panel
  • How to differentiate between Chinese and international lessors?
  • What risks and challenges do you foresee in the coming years?
  • How to prepare for the winter and cope with the USD/CNY currency risks?
  • Lune Wang, Director And Deputy General Manager, Comsys (Tianjin) Leasing Company
  • Patrick Hannigan, President & Chief Commercial Officer, CDB Aviation Lease Finance
11 30 AM Panel discussion: The latest development on portfolio securitization
  • How competitive is asset securitization compared to other aircraft financing options?
  • Is maintaining a high investment grade rating important?
  • Investor appetites and preferences
  • Will we see more Asian and Chinese lessors making use of aircraft securitization?
  • Weili Chen, Head of Capital Markets Aircraft Financing, Standard Chartered
  • Clarence Leung, Asset Finance and Leasing Services, Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited
12 10 PM In conversation: Uncertain positioning in the global aerospace market
12 40 PM Chairman’s closing remarks and followed by lunch


Fei Long

Deputy Director, Project Appraisal Department I

China Development Bank

Lune Wang

Director And Deputy General Manager

Comsys (Tianjin) Leasing Company

Becky Wong



Peter Huijbers


PH Aviation Asia

Sabri Gmira

Director Transportation & Offshore Structured Asset Finance

ANZ Banking Group Limited

Haitao Zheng

Senior Manager, Transportation, Corporate Banking Department

BOC Aviation

Hon Lam

General Manager, Hong Kong and Southern China

Air Canada

Bob Roy

Managing Director, Aircraft Financing Solutions Group

Aviation Capital Group LLC

Weili Chen

Head of Capital Markets Aircraft Financing

Standard Chartered

Sandra Chen

Managing Director

Fontainburg Asset management Co., Ltd.

Paul Finklestein

Vice President Marketing

Pratt & Whitney

Clarence Leung

Asset Finance and Leasing Services, Tax Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited

Patrick Hannigan

President & Chief Commercial Officer

CDB Aviation Lease Finance


Attracting thousands of participants annually from airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, investment houses and government bodies, our events provide you with an unparalleled platform from which to promote your organisation’s brand, products and services.

Find out more about our sponsorship opportunities

Platinum Sponsor

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd (“Bocomm Leasing”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Communications, the 11th largest bank in the world. It was established in 2007 with a registered capital of USD 1.3B. By the end of June 2018, with its total assets of more than RMB 218B, Bocomm Leasing is the largest leasing company headquartered in Shanghai and one of the aviation leasing leaders in China. Furthermore, Bocomm Leasing is the first Chinese leasing company which establish professional leasing subsidiary in Chinese free trade zones. Its fleet consists of over 200 aircrafts in service and about 200 aircrafts in backlog. With over USD 9.7B aircraft assets, it has more than 50 domestic and international well-known aviation customers.

Bocomm Leasing can offer both finance and operating lease products. With competitive multi-currency (such as USD, JPY, EURO, RMB) financing tools, we could meet specific customers’ requirements via SPVs set up both on-shore and off-shore. Powered by professional and innovative management, Bocomm Leasing is endeavored to provide aviation customers with value-added and tailor-made leasing services.

- First lease transaction through SPV established in Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ);
- First finance lease transaction denominated in JPY by Chinese Leasing company through an offshore SPV;
- First spare engine lease transaction through SPV established in SFTZ;
- First operating lease transaction for Airbus Tianjin assembled A320 through SPV established in Tianjin Free Trade Zone;
- First Chinese leasing company to establish subsidiary.


Gold Sponsor



PwC China, Hong Kong and Macau work together on a collaborative basis, subject to local applicable laws. Collectively, we have around 600 partners and 16,000 people in total. 
We provide organisations with the professional service they need, wherever they may be located. Our highly qualified, experienced professionals listen to different points of view to help organisations solve their business issues and identify and aximise the opportunities they seek. Our industry specialisation allows us to help co-create solutions with our clients for their sector of interest. 

We are located in these cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau.



Deloitte‘s Aircraft Leasing and Finance Advisory team delivers first-class advice to clients in a wide range of areas including structuring and financial advice on the establishment or investment into an aircraft leasing platform, M&A and IPO advice, debt raising and treasury advice to leasing clients (including transfer pricing), valuations, changing accounting practices, international tax reform impact, aircraft and lease/loan portfolio securitisations and the cross-border acquisition, leasing and disposal of aircraft. We also provide audit and tax compliance services to some of the largest aircraft lessors in the world. At Deloitte, we make an impact that matters for our clients, our people, our profession, and in the wider society by delivering the solutions and insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. As the world’s largest global professional services and consulting firm, with over 286,000 professionals in more than 150 countries, we bring world-class capabilities and high-quality services to our clients. Our people have the leadership capabilities, experience, and insight to collaborate with clients so they can move forward with confidence.

CMB Financial Leasing

CMB Financial Leasing

CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (abbreviated to the “CMBFL”), approved by the State Council, is one of the first batch of five financial leasing companies affiliated with banks in China. With the approval from China Banking Regulatory Commission, CMBFL was founded in March, 2008. CMBFL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Merchants Bank (abbreviated to the “CMB”) with the registered capital of RMB 6 billion. CMBFL opened on April 23, 2008. Since the establishment of CMBFL, it has been actively researching and developing all kinds of financial leasing products in accordance with the need of the physical economy. CMBFL launched financial solutions for clients from various fields of industry including aviation, shipping, energy, equipment manufacturing, energy saving and environmental protection, health industry, public utility and culture industry, financial leasing companies. The clients of CMBFL come from a variety of large, medium and small companies. CMBFL permanently persists in the core values of “Service, Innovation and Moderate” and the corporate objective of “High-Base, High-Standard and High-Level”. The balance of the leasing assets of CMBFL exceeded RMB100 billion in Sept. 2014 which made CMBFL among the ranks of “100 billion” financial leasing companies. On the new development stage, CMBFL has formally established the strategy of “internationalize, professionalize and differentiate” so as to build sustainable competitive edge to become the expert in financial solutions with excellent professional service abilities, and be committed to becoming the best financial leasing company in China. The balance of the leasing assets of CMBFL exceeded RMB150 billion in Sept. 2017.

Silver Sponsor

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 markets, with more than 198,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets in Europe, International Financial Services and Corporate & Institutional Banking.
In Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas is one of the best-positioned international financial institutions with an uninterrupted presence since 1860. Currently with over 17,000 employees* and a presence in 14 markets, BNP Paribas provides corporates, institutional and private investors with product and service solutions tailored to their specific needs. It offers a wide range of financial services covering corporate & institutional banking, wealth management, asset management, insurance, as well as retail banking and consumer financing through strategic partnerships.



CFM International (CFM) was formed in 1974 as a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. Today, CFM is the world’s leading supplier of commercial transport aircraft engines and the best example of a successful international joint venture. Since the first engine was delivered in 1982, CFM has received orders for more than 48,500 CFM56 and LEAP engines from 550+ operators worldwide, of which more than 33,000 engines have been delivered. In addition to the highly successful CFM56 product line, CFM introduced the advanced LEAP-1A engine into commercial service on the Airbus A320neo in August 2016. Through March 2018, 16 other airlines taken delivery of a total of more than 160 LEAP-1A-powered aircraft. The engines have performed exceptionally well in commercial service, with many airlines operating up to 11 flights per day and executing 25-minute turn times. To date, the fleet has logged more than 700,000 highly reliable flight hours. In May 2017, the first LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX airplane entered commercial service with Malindo Air in Malaysia. A total of 94 aircraft had been delivered to 24 customers by the end of March 2018. A third model, the LEAP-1C, has been undergoing flight tests on the COMAC C919. Two flight-test aircraft have logged more than 60 hours. Overall, CFM has garnered orders and commitments for more than 15,000 LEAP engines. The engine is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with significant reductions in noise and emissions signatures. All of this while maintaining CFM’s industryleading reliability and overall cost of ownership. In 2008, with the launch of the LEAP engine, CFM announced that all services offerings for this new product would come from directly from CFM. The organize could also provide support for CFM56 engines, as well. This was done to support customer requests for seamless product sales and support. Since then, the primary focus of CFM Services has been to provide world-class aftermarket products and programs, working with customers to meet their unique, evolving needs from entry-into-service to mid-life through maturity and retirement.

Shannon Engine Support

Shannon Engine Support

Shannon Engine Support Limited (SES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CFM International, specialises in providing spare engine lease solutions to CFM56 and LEAP operators around the globe.
Headquartered in Shannon, Ireland, with marketing offices in Beijing and Budapest, SES has a portfolio of more than 200 CFM56 and LEAP spare engines, including CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B, LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.
SES’ 13 strategic pool locations gives SES both the capacity and the reach to support airlines operating CFM56 and LEAP powered aircraft worldwide.

TMF Group

TMF Group

TMF Group is a Global Business Operator present in every country our clients’ aspirations demand. We are renowned for helping clients operate and invest seamlessly, in and beyond their home markets, by providing Global Business Services that allow them to focus on their core competencies. We have extensive experience in providing services to companies and special purpose vehicles (SPVs) used for owning and leasing aircraft. Our clients include aircraft lessors, banks, airlines, private equity and hedge funds. We have staff in every major global jurisdiction used for aviation services, which allows us to move swiftly and provide efficient, effective services anywhere in the world. We specialize in providing services to operating lease platforms including holding companies and aircraft owning companies (AOCs), aircraft financing structures, lease in, lease out (LILO) special purpose vehicles and aircraft and engine securitization vehicles. We manage hundreds of aircraft leases in SPVs around the world, nine out of the ten top global aircraft lessors are our client; we service half of the top 50 aircraft lessors globally.

Bronze Sponsor

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

Engine Lease Finance (ELF) is the world’s leading independent spare engine financing and leasing company, specialising in the provision of flexible short, medium and long-term spare engine support packages for the airline industry. Headquartered in Shannon, Ireland, ELF is a group company of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited ("MUL"), whose shares are wholly owned by MUL. ELF has the financing power and stability to meet the varied needs of airlines and to meet the commercial challenges presented by today’s rapidly changing world markets. ELF has access to extensive funding at favourable rates, therefore ensuring low cost flexible financing for the airline. ELF’s client base includes some of the world’s most established airlines, some of the newest start-ups and many of the seasoned LCCs around the world. The client base also includes several significant MRO providers, airframe lessors and the OEMs.

CDB Aviation

CDB Aviation

About CDB Aviation

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”) is a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”) a 33-year-old Chinese leasing company that is backed mainly by the China Development Bank. China Development Bank is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Council of China and is the world’s largest development finance institution. It is also the largest Chinese bank for foreign investment and financing cooperation, long-term lending and bond issuance, enjoying Chinese sovereign credit rating.

CDB Leasing is the only leasing arm of the China Development Bank and a leading company in China’s leasing industry that has been engaged in aircraft, infrastructure, ship, commercial vehicle and construction machinery leasing and enjoys a Chinese sovereign credit rating. It took an important step in July 2016 to globalize and marketize its business – listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX STOCK CODE: 1606).

Novus Aviation Capital

Novus Aviation Capital

Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing, leasing and financing of commercial aircraft assets. Established over 25 years ago, the Novus team operates globally out of six offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company has an aircraft portfolio under management worth about USD 4 billion.

Company website:

Supporting Organisation

Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association

Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association

The Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association (HKALA) was founded in June 2017 to promote the development of the aircraft leasing and finance industry.
HKALA's members include key international and domestic lessors, lessees, banks and other financial institutions, investors, law firms, accounting and tax advisory firms and other service providers involved in the aircraft leasing and finance industry.
The Association seeks to be a united force in the industry that strives to enhance Hong Kong's status as an international aviation and financial center.

Company website:

Charity Partner



Orbis is an international non-profit working to eliminate avoidable blindness. We are a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years and have worked in 92 countries. We operate the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital onboard an MD-10, a state-of-the-art teaching hospital that allows us to travel the world to share knowledge and develop skills with communities that need it most. Orbis provides education that is both high-quality and long-lasting so that these medical professionals can use their new skills to treat their patients even after the Flying Eye Hospital departs. Visit to learn more.


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