Airfinance Journal Middle East 2019

12-13 March 2019

Raffles Dubai

Wafi, United Arab Emirates

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    Gold Sponsors
  • CFM
    Silver Sponsorship
  • Standard Chartered
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market

Event Overview

Airfinance Journal Middle East 2019


Airfinance Journal Middle East 2019 returns in March 2019 for the premier gathering of aviation finance professionals across the Middle East to engage in high-end networking & explore the most pressing challenges & opportunities facing Middle Eastern aircraft finance.

Over two days you’ll benefit from exclusive networking opportunities, ranging from our 1-2-1 meetings service; connecting you directly with who you need to meet, drinks receptions & our dedicated networking space. In addition you’ll be granted access to talks, panels & interviews with the industry’s leading lights, offering business critical insights into the issues your business is tackling on a daily basis.








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Previous companies in attendance included: 

ABL Aviation
Abu Dhabi Global Market
Acumen Aviation
Addleshaw Goddard
ADIB - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
AerCap BV
Aergo Capital
Aergo Group
Aeronautics Fund
AerSale, LLC
Air Arabia
Air Lease Corporation
Air Mauritius Ltd
AirAsia X
Airbus / EADS France SAS
Airbus Group SAS
ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company
Allegiant Travel Company
Allen & Overy
Arena Aviation Capital
Association of Power Producers of Ontario
AviaAM Leasing
Aviation Capital Group
Baker & McKenzie
Bank ABC
Bank of Communications Financial Leasing
Bayerische Landesbank
BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management
BBAM Aviation Services
Bbam LLC
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd
Bird & Bird
BNP Paribas
BOC Aviation Limited
Boeing Capital Corporation
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Boeing Company
Bombardier Aerospace
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
Burnham Sterling & Company
Burnham Sterling and Co
CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited
CDB Aviation
Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation
CIT Aerospace
CIT Aerospace Asia Pte. Ltd.
CIT Aerospace International
Clifford Chance
Clyde & Co
CMIG Aviation Capital Holding Ireland DAC
Conyers Dill
Corendon Airlines
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Daallo Airlines
DAE Capital
DAES Group
Dana Airlines Ltd
DBJ Europe
Denton Wilde Sapte
Dentons UK
Dentons US LLP
Deutsche Bank AG
Deutsche Bank Securities
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Development Bank of Japan
DHL Supply Chain
DLA Piper
Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG
Dornier Aviation
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd
DVB Bank
DVB Bank SE Singapore Branch
DVB Group Merchant Bank
DVB Transport (US)
Egyptair Holding Co.
Egyptair Holding Company
Emirates Airline
Engine Lease Finance Corporation
Etihad Airways
Etihad Aviation Group
Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft
Export Development Canada
Falko Regional Aircraft
Firnas Airways UK
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Fitch Ratings
Fits Air
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
GE Aviation
GE Capital Aviation Services
GE JAPAN Corporation - PK AirFinance
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Go Airlines (India) Limited
GOAL GmbH & Co. KG
Goldman Sachs
Goshawk Management (Ireland) Limited
Greensill Capital
Gulf Air Company
Hahn Air
Hainan HNA Aviation IMP. & EXP. Co. Ltd.
Helaba - Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen Girozentrale

Hendsa Partners
HNA Aviation Investment Holding Group Co. Ltd
Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight LLP
Holman Fenwick Willan
Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East LLP
Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP
Hong Kong Aviation Capital
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
IBA Group Limited
Ibdar Bank
ICBC Aviation Leasing
ICBC Financial Leasing Company Limited
Ince & Co France SCP
IndiGo Airlines
International Airfinance Corporation
Investec Bank
Investec Bank plc
Iran Aseman Airlines
IRKUT Corporation
Jackson Square Aviation
Jazeera Airways Group
Jet Ops
Jet Ops Fze
Jet Support Services Inc.
Jetcraft Commercial
Jordan Aviation Airline
JP Morgan
Jubba Airways
JY Aviation Leasing Ireland Company Limited
Kaye Scholer LLP
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
Kuwait Airways
Kuwati National Airlines
Limitless Airways
Macquarie Airfinance
Magi Partners Limited
Maples and Calder
Marubeni Corporation Dubai Office
Maxwell Stamp
MAZ Aviation Consultants
MCAP Europe Limited
MEGA Maldives Airlines
Mercatus Energy Advisers
Ministry of Transport, Republic of Tunisia
Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited
NAS Holding
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
National Bank of Kuwait
NCR National Corporate Research (Hong Kong) Limited
Nedbank CIB
Nedbank Ltd
Nord LB
NORD/LB Girozentrale
NORD/LB Hannover
Norddeutsche Landesbank NORD/LB
North Cape Capital
Norton Rose
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Novus Aviation Capital
OAG Aviation Worldwide Limited
Oman Air
Pakistan International Airlines
Palma Holdings Limited
Palma Ibdar Airlease BSC
Pegasus Airlines
Pembroke Group
Pillsbury Winthrop
Ping An International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.
PK AirFinance
Qeshm Investment & Development Co.
Rolls-Royce plc
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Fly-GH Airline Company Limited
Royal Jordanian Airlines
RPK Capital
Safran Aircraft Engines
Samba Financial Group
Santos Dumont
Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation
Seabury Transportation Holdings
Shaheen Air International
Skyco Leasing
SMBC Aviation Capital
SNR Denton
Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking
SpiceJet Limited
Standard Chartered Bank UK Branch
Stellwagen Finance
Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
TAAG Angolan Airlines
The Boeing Capital Corporation
The Boeing Company
Titan Airways
Tite Consulting FZE
TMF Group
TMF Management
TrueAero LLC
UK Export Finance
Union National Bank
Veling Aviation (UK) Ltd
Via Capital Partners
VietJet Aviation Joint Stock 
VIM Airlines LLC
Volito Aviation Services
Walkers (Dubai) LLP
Warp N Weft
Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP
Watson, Farley & Williams
White & Case LLP
Willis Lease Finance Corporation
Wings of Lebanon





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08 00 AM Registration & morning refreshments
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 00 AM How strong are the fundamentals of Middle Eastern aviation?
  • How Avolon sees the macro ME economy and implications for the airline sector
  • The widebody dilemma – decreasing demand (over-ordering), order switching, exiting from older units
  • The emerging role of Istanbul as a new ‘hub’ to compete against DXB
  • Geopolitics and more specifically Aeropolitics in the region
09 30 AM Will DAE Capital continue to tap the aircraft ABS market in 2019?
  • Given the successful issuance from DAE managed Kestrel 2019 Aircraft Funding, what factors are attracting DAE to the ABS market?
  • Which other structures are DAE looking at as it continues to build its managed aircraft portfolio?
  • In light of receiving an investment grade corporate credit rating in 2018, can we expect more unsecured issuances in 2019?
  • Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd
09 50 AM Questions still loom over the region's widebody backlog
  • Over half of the global blacklog for the A380 still resides in the Middle East, what is the future of this aircraft program?
  • With the first A380’s to come off lease being parted out, how much confidence do lessors in the region have in their ability to remarket this aircraft in the future?
  • Which financing structures make sense to fund these deals?
10 30 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 00 AM Will the Middle Eastern economy support growth in aviation?
  • How closely has the Middle Eastern economy correlated with airline performance in 2018/19?
  • What impact, if any, have external political events had on the industry in the Middle East?
  • What direction will Middle Eastern aviation be heading towards throughout 2019?
11 30 AM The outlook for Islamic Financing to the region’s carriers & lessors
  • With Natixis & Noordbank closing their recent aviation asset backed Sukuk with Abu Dhabi Global Markets, what role do we expect this bespoke financing to play in the region moving forward?
  • What impact can we expect to have increased capital from the Middle East to have on the wider aviation finance market?
  • Can we expect the amount of Islamic Finance deals to increase in the year to come?
12 10 PM Air Arabia continue route expansion strategy
  • How will Air Arabia’s fleet financing and renewal strategies change in accordance with recent route expansion across the Middle East and Africa?
  • In Q4 2018, Air Arabia posted a strong profit of AED 26 million, what strategies will the airline employ to continue this trend?
  • Which aircraft types are likely to make up Air Arabia’s fleet in the coming years?
  • Adel Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia
12 40 PM Networking lunch
14 20 PM Saudi Arabian airlines continue to evolve
  • Will we see the demand for widebody aircraft from Saudi airlines grow and how well positioned are they to take on extra capacity?
  • Which financing solutions have we seen being utilised in Saudi Arabia?
  • How strong is the appetite from Saudi financiers & investors for aviation?
  • Ismail Karimi, Chief Finance & Administration Officer, SaudiGulf Airlines
14 50 PM How great is the appetite of local financiers for aviation paper and metal?
  • What needs to happen to bring more local financiers to the table?
  • What opportunities are there for financiers who wish to deploy capital into aviation outside of the ME3?
  • Which financing structures work in the Middle East and what innovations have we seen in this regard?
  • Munawar Noorani, Managing Director & Regional Head of Aviation For EMEA & APAC, Citi
  • Marc Bourgade, Chief Executive Officer, Flying Solutions
  • Kashif Raza, Head of Capital Markets & Distribution, ADIB - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
15 30 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
16 00 PM Can the UAE be a global player in the used aircraft market?
  • Outlook for the secondary market in the UAE
  • How big is the market?
  • Who are the local players? Are more needed?
16 30 PM Chairperson's closing remarks
16 45 PM Open drinks reception
08 00 AM Morning refreshments & networking
09 00 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 05 AM Outlook for oil prices
  • After enjoying a slow and steady climb for much of 2018 – oil prices have dropped nearly 27% since October 1st, what caused this shift?
  • Do we expect oil pricing to recover in 2019?
  • What impact has this had on Middle Eastern carriers?
  • Robert Kokonis, President & Managing Partner / Affiliate, ICF Aviation, AirTrav Inc.
09 35 AM New engine technology developments
  • What impact have engine delivery challenges had in the Middle East?
  • What innovations are engine OEMs providing in engine technology?
09 55 AM Is the region's airline performance a cause for concern for financiers?
  • With some of the ME3 announcing cut profits in the first half of 2019, what is the broad outlook for Middle Eastern airlines amongst the financial community?
  • What role can innovative financing solutions play in helping financiers deploy capital more effectively
  • How strong is the appetite to fund smaller Middle Eastern airlines outside of the ME3?
10 35 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 15 AM Opportunities & challenges in investing in the UAE
  • What differentiates the UAE from other financial centres in the Gulf?
  • Which regulatory measures should investors be aware of and how can they generate significant ROI?
  • How strong are the local finance markets & what challenges have issuers seen in this region?
11 45 AM UAE helicopter leasing: A view after 25 years in the region
12 30 PM Networking lunch and end of conference


Munawar Noorani

Managing Director & Regional Head of Aviation For EMEA & APAC


Firoz Tarapore

Chief Executive Officer

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd

Angelina Valavina

Senior Director

Fitch Ratings

Marc Bourgade

Chief Executive Officer

Flying Solutions

Farrell Sheridan

Head of Strategic Development

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Laura Mueller

Managing Director

Airfinance Journal

Animesh Jain

Senior Vice President

Novus Aviation Capital

Sasha Yusufali

Vice President Marketing

Nordic Aviation Capital

Russ Hubbard

Director - Aircraft Remarketing

Air Partner

Kashif Raza

Head of Capital Markets & Distribution

ADIB - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Will McCallum

Managing Director, Aviation Finance

Standard Chartered

Peter Morris

Chief Economist

Flight Ascend Consultancy

Paul Briggs


Bird & Bird

Tariq Ghalaita

Director - Business Development

Dubai South

Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Asset & Project Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Adel Ali

Chief Executive Officer

Air Arabia

Benedicte Bedaine-Renault

Head of Aviation Finance EMEA


Neal McElvaney

Senior Vice President


Polis D Polycarpou

Managing Consultant

PA (Nyras) Consulting Group

Rob Watts

VP Advisory

ACC Aviation

Marian Pistik

Head of Asset Management

International Airfinance Corporation

Ismail Karimi

Chief Finance & Administration Officer

SaudiGulf Airlines

Christophe Poulain

Vice President Commercial Strategy

CFM International

Robert Kokonis

President & Managing Partner / Affiliate, ICF Aviation

AirTrav Inc.

Shyamal Jeewoolall


Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Lynn Guiney

Head of EMEA


Dr Mark J Pierotti


Abu Dhabi Aviation

Michael Nissyrios

Vice President Financing

Emirates Group


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Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. is a globally recognised aerospace corporation and one of the largest aircraft leasing companies in the world. Headquartered in Dubai, DAE’s leasing and engineering divisions serve over 110 airline customers around the world from its six offices in Dubai, Dublin, Singapore and the US.
DAE’s award-winning leasing division DAE Capital has an owned, managed and committed fleet of nearly 400 Airbus, ATR and Boeing aircraft with a fleet value of US$ 14 billion. DAE’s strong capital base, its full-service, best-in-class platform and its three decades of leasing experience allows it to provide customised and comprehensive solutions to airlines to address their fleet ambitions.

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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.


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Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good. 
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), an international financial centre located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015.  Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM governs the Al Maryah Island as the designated financial free zone, enabling financial entities and firms to efficiently conduct financial and commercial services and thrive successfully within an international regulatory framework based on Common Law.   
ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s key strengths including private banking, wealth management, asset management and financial innovation. It reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a global centre for business and finance and serves as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.  ADGM has been awarded the “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for two consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region
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Complimentary Airline & Investor Passes

We invite all airlines & investors to register for a complimentary pass to attend Airfinance Journal Middle East.


Once you've registered you'll gain access to our bespoke AFJ Concierge Meeting Service where you tell us who you want to meet and we make it happen!

*All complimentary delegate passes are subject to approval from the Airfinance Journal Events team. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this promotion to sell-side representatives or Investment Banks. Sell-side representatives and Investment Banks can register for this event here.

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AFJ Concierge

The Airfinance Journal team recognises that you need to get as much value as possible from attending Airfinance Journal Middle East, especially as in the billion dollar industry of aircraft finance, it can be difficult to meet the right people at the right time.

With this in mind we’ve introduced a personalised concierge meeting service - AFJ Concierge.

Our team take the strain by doing the leg work for you, so all you need to do is arrive at Airfinance Journal Middle East ready to do business.


How it works

Step 1: Send the AFJ Concierge a list of up to 10 individuals or organisations you’d like to meet, along with a little explanation of why you’d like to meet them.

Step 2: Our dedicated research team will reach out to the list on your behalf. We can use our industry knowledge to suggest any additional contacts that could add value to your attendance.

Step 3: We'll diary manage to find the best time and place for you to meet.

Step 4: Check-in with our concierge team onsite.

Step 5: Get deals done!


How do I get involved?

It's simple. All you need to do is register for Airfinance Journal Middle East, then contact our AFJ Concierge and start arranging meetings.



Do I need to be registered for Airfinance Journal Middle East to take advantage of the service?
Yes. This service is only available to registered delegates of Airfinance Journal Middle East.

What if people on my list don’t want to meet me?
We'll do our best to arrange meetings with your wishlist. If someone on your list doesn't wish to meet you, we'll use our industry know-how to suggest other delegates that might be of interest to you.

It's key that you provide us with a solid rationale of why you want to meet each person on your list, the better the reasonsing, the more likely they are to agree to a meeting and the better informed we will be to suggest additional delegates for you.

How will you schedule the meeting?
The AFJ Concierge will either use our meetings system to book the appointment for you or they will send you and the person you wish to meet a calendar invite.

What happens if the person I’m meeting doesn’t turn up?
If you let the team onsite know that the person you're supposed to be meeting hasn't turned up, they will be able to check if the person is onsite and reach out to them for you. Depending on the circumstances, we will do our best to reschedule the meeting for you.

Will I get the contact details of the person I’m meeting beforehand?
If the person you want to meet has agreed for their details to be shared pre-event then yes. If not you'll be able to collect their details during your meeting.

Have a question? Contact the AFJ Concierge today



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