The Inaugural School of Aviation Finance Dublin

22-23 January 2019

The Convention Centre Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Event Overview

The Inaugural School of Aviation Finance Dublin

The inaugural School of Aviation Finance Dublin is launching this January 22nd - 23rd at the Convention Centre Dublin. During this course you'll join peers from across Europe to gain in-depth knowledge of the latest funding products, discover how to stay ahead of the curve in competitive markets and learn how to put together complex and innovative financing structures. Taught by a combination of University College Dublin academics and leading industry figures; the school promises to be a vital stepping stone in the career of any aspiring aviation finance leader. 

Key features for 2019 include: 

  • A 2-day intensive course, featuring 16+ hours of lessons and practical case studies to enhance your knowledge; in addition to access to premium content at Airfinance Journal Dublin 2019
  • Full supplementary learning materials and advice on continuing your training 
  • Course accreditation 

The opportunity to network with senior course leaders representing companies from across the aviation finance sector.





For anymore information please contact Kate Skinner

T: +44 (0) 20 7779 8281




08 00 AM Registration & morning coffee
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks & case study intro
09 00 AM Introduction to aircraft finance & the aviation industry
  • Drivers of Air Travel – A Cyclical Business
  • Development of the Aircraft Finance Industry
  • Products & Services
  • Aircraft suitable for Leasing
  • Typical Operating Lease Arrangements
10 10 AM How aircraft are financed
  • Sources of Financing 2018
  • Banking Markets
  • Capital Markets
  • Structured Finance
  • Export Finance
  • Insurance Products
11 10 AM Morning networking & refreshment break
11 30 AM Aircraft as investments
  • Value considerations
  • Key components of Aircraft Values
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Technology Impact
  • Maintenance – Impact on Value
  • Tasos Michael, Chief Executive Officer, Inception Aviation Fund
12 15 PM Networking lunch
13 30 PM Structuring an aircraft financing


  • Typical Structures used in Aircraft Financing
  • Use of Special Purpose Entities
  • Financing Terms & Conditions
  • Cape Town Convention
14 30 PM Aircraft operating leasing


  • Leasing Fundamentals
  • Leasing from Lessor and Airline Perspective
  • Lessor OEM Aircraft Orders
  • Lessor Business Models
15 15 PM Afternoon networking & refreshment break
16 00 PM Introduction to maintenance cash flow
  • Commercial Aircraft market environment
  • Overview of Aircraft operating lease cash flows
  • Aircraft maintenance introduction
  • Aircraft maintenance-related lease provisions
  • Maintenance cash flow forecasting
16 45 PM Case study - structuring an aircraft lease transaction
18 00 PM Drinks reception
08 00 AM Morning refreshments & networking
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 00 AM Will strong airline performance continue through a more challenging macro environment?
  • How will airlines react to a shifting macro-economic environment featuring higher fuel prices & interest rates?
  • Will we see increased fleet turnover as the economic case for mid-life assets deteriorate?
  • How do airlines expect to develop their fleet planning over the next 10-15 years & what does that mean for delivery profiles?
09 50 AM Introduction to the Aircraft Operating Lease Industry
  • What are the business models in existence?
  • Overview of key Industry Players
  • Key Requirements to successfully compete in this market
  • Scale, Market Reach, - “Platform”
10 20 AM Lessor CEO Interviews

Back by popular demand, hear the CEO’s of the world’s most influential leasing companies discuss what they see as the future of aviation finance and their strategies for achieving it.

11 20 AM Morning networking & refreshment break
11 40 AM Risk management - portfolio & credit risk
  • Airline Credit vs. Portfolio Risk Management
  • Identifying Risks in a Portfolio
  • Building a Balanced Portfolio
  • Structuring a Transaction to Mitigate Risk
  • Philip Ziegler, Director - Risk Management - Aviation Industry, Citi
12 30 PM Networking lunch
14 00 PM Considerations in the airline M&A market
  • When is it a good idea to buy another airline?
  • What are the most contentious stages of these negotiations?
  • What strategic factors may lead to one airline acquiring another?
  • How are these deals structured and what ownership regulations need to be taken into account?
  • Eric Kohn, Chairman & Managing Partner, Barons Financial Services
15 00 PM Afternoon networking & refreshment break
15 30 PM Manufacturer support
  • Typical OEM support package contents
16 00 PM Case Study Review and Consideration
17 10 PM In conversation with John Leahy

Exclusively at Airfinance Journal Dublin 2019, hear John Leahy in his first public appearance since retireament giving his take on the future of the aviation industry in this free-ranging interview


Tasos Michael

Chief Executive Officer

Inception Aviation Fund

Jay Passfield

Senior Vice President


Philip Ziegler

Director - Risk Management - Aviation Industry


Alec Burger

President and CEO


Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer


Greg Lee

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs

Olivier Bonnassies

Managing Director

Airfinance Journal

John Leahy

Chief Operating Officer - Customers, retired


Declan Ryan

Managing Partner & Executive Chair

Irelandia & Viva Air

Mike Powell

Executive Chairman


Kieran O’Brien

Partner - Head of Aviation Finance & Leasing Advisory


Valerie Itie-Polese

Head of Structured Finance


Matthew Simonetti

Director, Global Structured Finance


Dick Forsberg

Head of Strategy


Bertrand Dehouck

Head of Emea

BNP Paribas

Scott Hamilton

Managing Director

Leeham Co.

Laetitia Achille

Managing Director

Alton Aviation Consultancy

Meseret Bitew

Chief Financial Officer

Ethiopian Airlines

Ricardo Javier Sanchez Baker

Chief Financial Officer


Eric Kohn

Chairman & Managing Partner

Barons Financial Services


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