The way in which aircraft are financed and operated is changing as new aircraft concepts begin to enter the marketplace. George Land, HAV’s Commercial Business Development Director, provides an overview of the options our customers will have when it comes to financing and operating Airlander.
Financing new aircraft types
Traditionally, aircraft OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) build aircraft and sell them to operators, sometimes purchased outright and sometimes with the support of a financial intermediary. However, the mainstream aircraft finance market seeks out proven assets and is therefore not well suited to supporting new aircraft types with early customers. As a result, the financing of early Airlanders could present a challenge for those customers who do not typically purchase assets outright.
At Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) we are working to be able to support the full spectrum of the needs of our customers. In order to provide this flexibility, HAV has secured a $200 million commitment from Global Emerging Markets. This investment, which will become available upon HAV’s successful listing, will allow HAV to hold aircraft on our balance sheet. This approach means HAV can offer more options to our customers on how they own and operate aircraft. These options vary from a more traditional purchase right through to leasing and chartering.