Airfinance Journal Middle East 2020

09-11 March 2020

United Arab Emirates

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  • Abu Dhabi Global Market
    Platinum Sponsor
  • Boeing Capital Corporation
    Diamond Partner
  • CFM
    Silver Sponsor
  • ACC Aviation Group
    Bronze Sponsor
    Podcast Sponsor

Event Overview

Sirius investor briefing on March 9th 2020 | 2:00PM to 4:30PM.

Airfinance Journal Middle East is back between March 9th - 11th 2020 in Abu Dhabi at ADGM, Abu Dhabi's International Financial Centre. This year, we have partnered up with Abu Dhabi Global Market to bring you an unmissable event, full of business growth opportunities. This is a perfect opportunity to meet decision-makers from across the industry and keep up-to-date with industry developments.

Local residents and ADGM affiliates get discounted rates, please reach out to for further information. 


Attendance includes access to:

  • High-end networking: industry VIP Networking events at a variety of receptions, dinners and informal meetings
  • Investment aviation opportunities emanating from the UAE and wider Middle East, Africa and South Asia region
  • Deal making: access to the most-senior industry leaders
  • Industry insights: explore the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the Middle Eastern aircraft finance world
  • 1-2-1 meetings service: tell us who you'd like to meet and our dedicated concierge team will do the rest
  • ADGM investors briefing on the 9th of March | 2:00PM - 4:30PM


Get in touch

Sponsorship: Elliot Taylor | | +44 (0) 20 7779 8388

Speaking: Jonathon Leader | | +44 (0) 20 7779 8481

Attending: Victoria Warrington-Green | | +44 (0) 20 7779 8349


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08 00 AM Morning refreshments & registration
08 55 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 00 AM Opening keynote address
  • Howard Millar, Chief Executive Officer, SIRIUS Aviation Capital Holdings
09 30 AM How strong is the macro-economic picture for Middle Eastern aviation?
  • Will air traffic increase at the rate necessary to support airline growth?
  • How much of a challenge does overcapacity pose to Middle Eastern airlines and what solutions are available to them?
  • What can Middle Eastern aviators do to increase confidence in the sector?
10 00 AM What will Wizz Air Abu Dhabi bring to the Middle Eastern market?

Wizz Air, a stalwart of the European LCC market has launched a new Middle Eastern initiative, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. Hoping to grow the operation to 50 aircraft in 10 years, hear Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi tell the story of this new initiative, and what impact they hope to have on Middle Eastern aviation.

10 30 AM Will the next wave of lessor consolidation begin in the Middle East?
  • Aircraft lessors usually have at least one eye on fleet expansion, with M&A being a common tool for achieving this. Should we expect further activity in 2020?
  • Are we likely to see entire platforms being traded or more portfolios?
  • What other paths to expansion exist for lessors wishing to increase fleet size and market share?
11 10 AM Morning refreshments & networking break
11 30 AM Will Middle Eastern aviation’s fundamentals hold in the face of exogenous challenges?
  • How severely has Middle Eastern traffic been impacted by coronavirus and drops in intra-Asian travel?
  • Will the UAE maintain its status as a hub of Middle Eastern aviation?
  • What can Middle Eastern airlines and financiers do to bolster profitability and efficiency in the aviation industry?
12 00 PM Will the widebody aircraft market be able to recover in 2020?
  • Airbus A330 values bolster and what does the future look like for this aircraft type?
  • How badly has the region been hit by various engine delivery delays and what impact has this had on airline performance?
  • What are the immediate term prospects for the A350?
  • What does the customer and investor base look like for the 777X?
  • Rob Watts, Vice President, Advisory, ACC Aviation
  • Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President, Marketing, EMEA, Avolon
12 40 PM Networking lunch
14 00 PM Financing aviation sustainably
  • How are environmental concerns impacting financiers today and what can the aviation industry do to alleviate them?
  • Why does aviation have a perception problem on green issues?
  • What options are available for lessors and airlines who wish to bolster their ESG offering and what financial benefits can be enjoyed as a result
14 40 PM How healthy is the market for mid-life aircraft in the Middle East?
  • Residual value forecasts
  • What advantages can Middle Eastern airlines gain from utilising a mid-life fleet?
  • How liquid are these assets in the Middle Eastern market?
  • Sasha Yusufali, Vice President Marketing, Nordic Aviation Capital
  • Edward Coughlan, Chief Commercial Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SIRIUS Aviation Capital
  • Marian Pistik, Head of Asset Management, International Airfinance Corporation
15 10 PM Afternoon refreshments & networking break
15 30 PM How does CFM continue to bolster their position in the Middle East?
  • How significant are recent orders from Jazeera Airways & Qatar Airways?
  • What are the keys to working with customers in this region and what solutions does CFM offer Middle Eastern carriers?
  • New technology engines and sustainability
15 50 PM Are low-cost-carriers the future of Middle Eastern aviation
  • Some of the incumbent Middle Eastern flag carriers have experienced well-publicised turbulence over the last few years, will LCC’s from the region be able to challenge their positions?
  • Which aircraft types make sense for low-cost operators in the region and which financing structures make sense to fund deliveries?
  • Capacity discipline and efficiency
16 30 PM Financing the future – new structures in aircraft finance

Hear Blue Swan Capital CEO, Marc-Karim Vermette, unveil what promises to be a disruptive new financial structure: the Nojoum Aviation Finance Program

16 50 PM The rise of Abu-Dhabi as an aviation powerhouse - ADGM
  • What explains the rise of Abu-Dhabi’s prominence on the global aviation map?
  • How can companies best utilise this jurisdiction and what are the key factors they need to consider?
  • What role has Abu-Dhabi Global Markets played in this rise and what strategies are they planning for future growth?
17 30 PM Chairperson's closing remarks
17 35 PM Networking reception & close of day 1
08 30 AM Morning refreshments
09 00 AM Chairperson's opening remarks
09 05 AM Jordan Aviation prove there is a market for smaller Middle Eastern airlines to succeed

Hear the CEO of Jordan Aviation lay out their strategy for fleet growth and financing, and what it takes to maintain a viable airline operation in one of the world’s toughest operating environments.

09 35 AM How can financiers maximise value in the Middle East?
  • Amongst historic levels of competition both within the banking world and from lessors, how can lenders stay ahead of the curve?
  • Which structures are most prominently in demand for Middle Eastern carriers & lessors?
  • Have changes in the regulatory environment impacted lenders’ ability to offer competitive rates on financing?
10 15 AM Expanding the investor base for the Aircraft ABS market
  • What advantages can Middle Eastern institutional investors find in this market place and how can they utilise them?
  • How has the structure of ABS transactions progressed over times and how does this impact both debt and equity investors?
  • What are the prospects for new-technology aircraft ABS pools?
10 55 AM Morning refreshments & networking break
11 15 AM Alternative financing sources and how they've impacted Middle Eastern aviation
  • Which capital sources have Middle Eastern carriers & lessors traditionally used to finance deliveries?
  • How big is the role of Islamic financing in the region?
  • What forecast should we expect for capital markets activity in the Middle East?
  • Vasgen Edwards, Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Boeing Capital Corporation
  • Bob Morin, Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader, AFIC
11 55 AM It’s all about the metal

Aviation remains a relatively niche asset class in the broad spectrum of the transportation sector, and often the technical merits and demerits of the underlying assets can be overlooked by investors. Ranging from widebody distress, engine delivery delays and residual values, hear a panel of experts breakdown the issues you need to understand to stay ahead in the Middle East.

12 35 PM Financing North African airlines
  • How should investors & lessors weigh up credit and jurisdictional risk for airlines in this region and how can they help ensure positive outcomes?
  • Which financial structures make sense for these airlines to utilise?
  • Which asset types are in demand in North Africa?
13 15 PM Chairperson's closing remarks
13 20 PM Close of conference


Howard Millar

Chief Executive Officer

SIRIUS Aviation Capital Holdings

Marc-Karim Vermette

Chief Executive Officer

Blue Swan Capital

Jozsef Varadi

Cheif Executive Officer

Wizz Air

Rob Watts

Vice President, Advisory

ACC Aviation

Paul Briggs


Bird & Bird

Captain Zuhair Al-Khashman

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jordan Aviation

Sasha Yusufali

Vice President Marketing

Nordic Aviation Capital

Edward Coughlan

Chief Commercial Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer

SIRIUS Aviation Capital

Vasgen Edwards

Managing Director, Middle East & Africa

Boeing Capital Corporation

Munawar Noorani

Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Aviation


Sarah Pirzada Usmani

Managing Director - Head of Asset & Project Finance

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Christophe Poulain

Vice President Commercial Strategy

CFM/Safran Aircraft Engines

Farrell Sheridan

Head of Strategic Development

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Marian Pistik

Head of Asset Management

International Airfinance Corporation

Sarah Aoun

Head of Aircraft Investors - Capital Markets


Bob Morin

Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader


Peter Morris

Chief Economist

Flight Ascend Consultancy

Paul Boyle

Senior Vice President, Marketing, EMEA


Krishnan Balakrishnan

Chief Financial Officer

Jazeera Airways Group

Lynn Guiney

Head of EMEA


Daniel Tromans

Director of Treasury

Etihad Airways

Shyamal Jeewoolall


Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East LLP


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Platinum Sponsor

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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Diamond Partner

Boeing Capital Corporation

Boeing Capital Corporation

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

Silver Sponsor



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.

Bronze Sponsor

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.


Podcast Sponsor



GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is a world-leading aviation lessor and financier. For over five decades, we have solved our customers’ challenges and helped their businesses to thrive. Whether your need is for narrow- or widebody aircraft, regional jets, turboprops, freighters, engines, helicopters, financing or materials, our name has become synonymous with trusted relationships, domain expertise and delivering on our promises.  GECAS offers a broad array of financing products and services on these assets including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, asset sales and servicing, and airframe parts management. GECAS owns, services or has on order more than 1,850 (~1,500 fixed wing/ ~350 rotary wing), plus provides loans collateralized on an additional ~320 aircraft. GECAS serves ~250 customers in over 75 countries from a network of 21 offices around the world.

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