Airfinance Journal Africa 2019

06-08 October 2019

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • ACC Aviation Group
  • ATR

Event Overview

Airfinance Journal Africa 2019
Defining the aviation conversation in Africa

Airfinance Journal Africa 2019 returns to Johannesburg over October 6th-8th 2019. An intimate gathering of the most influential players in African aviation finance, the conference will grant you access to business critical contacts and feature expert analysis from the industry’s most senior voices.

Airfinance Journal Africa is the place to develop new commercial relationships, deepen existing ones and ultimately make deals happen.

Event Features

  • Hear from the industry’s most senior figures – featuring airline CFOs and treasury teams
  • A multitude of dedicated networking opportunities including drinks receptions and lunches
  • Networking breakfast featuring a VIP keynote speaker
  • Networking dinner hosted by Airfinance Journal
  • Executive meeting lounge for your all-important 1-2-1 meetings
  • Dedicated networking space available throughout the conference

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19 00 PM Networking drinks reception
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
  • Paul Jebely, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP
09 00 AM Is Africa the “continent of new opportunity”?
Three striking statistics: 303 million international passengers by 2035, 8% growth in the next 20 years, 5 million more passenger journeys per year. The fundamentals of African aviation appear to be stronger than ever, but what is the industry to make of the opportunities posed by the African continent?
09 30 AM Green Africa Airways cleared for take-off in Nigeria
Coming off the back of their behemoth 50+ 737 Max order and having built a stellar executive team, the airline hopes to be the next big player out of West Africa. The question is what sets them apart from other would-be African start-ups, and what is their strategy for overcoming the many hurdles that likely await them in a traditionally challenging marketplace.
10 00 AM Is Africa an answer to lessors’ search for yield?
  • With depressed lease rates on SLBs and increasing competition, is Africa a jurisdiction in which lessors can maintain a greater yield?
  • What can lessors do to build more innovative and bespoke deals with African airlines?
  • Should lessors consider opening operations locally on the continent?
10 40 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 10 AM What does Comair's expansion strategy tell us about the African airline market?
11 40 AM Finding a way forward in African airline ownership – can there be a third way?
Government control of many African airlines has been one of the sources cited for African airlines’ relatively poor performance; being associated with slow moving and overly bureaucratic operating models. Can a greater embrace of public-private partnerships allow African aviation to reach new heights?
12 20 PM Networking lunch
13 50 PM Keys to success for secondary market aircraft traders in Africa
  • What is the foreseeable impact of rising fuel costs on the African secondary market?
  • Is there an appetite among African airlines for new technology aircraft?
  • How strongly have the residual values of regional jets and turboprops held?
14 30 PM Kenya Airways embark on new chapter

Hear Kenya Airways' Chief Financial Officer, Hellen Mwarriri lay out the airline's new strategy for achieving growth and profitabiltiy in a challenging market, which financing structures they're looking to utilise in 2019 and beyond and what impact the nationalisation of the airline will likely have on their ability to effectively compete amongst Africa's airlines.

15 00 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 30 PM How healthy is the market for regional jets and turboprops?
  • Is there a market for the E2 and A220 in Africa?
  • How popular can we expect the CRJ900 to be with African operators?
  • Will increased connectivity in the region allow carriers operating regional jets to increase capacity?
16 10 PM Ethiopian Airlines maintain status as "crown jewel" of Africa
16 40 PM Chairperson's closing remarks
16 45 PM Networking drinks reception
08 00 AM Networking breakfast and VIP keynote speaker
09 30 AM Transport provided to Tambo International Airport


Hellen Mwarriri

Chief Financial Officer

Kenya Airways Ltd

Tewolde Gebremariam

Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines

Jerome Maillet

Chief Strategy & Investment Officer

Air Senegal

Paul Jebely

Managing Partner

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (HK) LLP

Russ Hubbard

Director - Aircraft Remarketing

Air Partner

Dominique Dumas

VP Sales Africa & MEA


Sasha Yusufali

Vice President Marketing

Nordic Aviation Capital

Hani Kuzbari

Managing Director

Novus Aviation Capital

Fabio Miceli


Holland & Knight

Rui Carreira

Chief Executive Officer

TAAG Angolan Airlines

James Geldenhuys

Head: Aircraft Finance

Nedbank Capital

Kirsten King

Finance Director



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ACC Aviation Group

ACC Aviation Group

One of the world’s leading aviation service providers, ACC Aviation Group provides market-leading expertise across aircraft leasing, asset management, strategic consultancy, aftermarket aircraft interiors programmes and air charter.
Through our international office network spanning the UK, mainland Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, we serve a diverse, global client base who trust our experts to deliver a comprehensive range of bespoke aviation solutions.



European turboprop manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the regional aviation market. ATR designs, manufactures and delivers modern regional aircraft, with a customer base fleet encompassing some 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. The ATR 42 and the ATR 72 are the best-selling aircraft in the market segment of 90 seats or less. With continuous improvement as a driving force, ATR produces cutting edge, comfortable and versatile turboprops that help airlines expand their horizons by creating more than 100 new routes every year. Compared with other turboprops, ATRs offer an advantage of 40% on fuel burn, 20% on trip cost and 10% on seat cost, whilst offering the lowest CO2 and noise emissions. ATR is an equal partnership between leading aerospace firms Airbus and Leonardo and benefits from a large global customer support network allowing it to deliver innovative services and solutions to its clients and operators all over the world. For more information, please visit


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Complimentary Airline & Investor Passes



  • Complimentary registration for you to attend!
  • Establish relationships with lessors, financiers and service providers to understand the best options for financing future deliveries
  • Signal to the industry what financing options you’re considering to enhance RFP proposals
  • Meet with manufacturers to deliver the fleet solutions you need to run an efficient and profitable airline
  • Understand your competition’s strategies with regards to fleet development
  • Hear expert analysis that can improve your operations and financial performance


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