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deploying its surplus accounts generated from its petroleum and natural gas exports. “The challenge for the Middle East may be more pronounced, as the countries in the Middle East have much smaller populations and smaller economies than China, that cannot consume the surpluses from their sizeable exports,” Zolotusky said. Their challenge, he added, is to effectively manage these resources to preserve and grow the wealth resulting from their natural resources abundance. One result is that banks in the Middle East are also entering the lucrative global airplane finance market. After initially financing deliveries within the region, Middle East banks have started to partner with Western aircraft financiers. The partnerships of ACG/CIAF and DVB with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi are recent examples. “We continually try to tap in the region’s liquidity and get more players involved,” said John Matthews, Boeing Capital managing director for the Middle East and Africa. Matthews and his team have been holding banker and financier roundtables throughout the region for several years. Recently they held their first such event in Qatar that attracted twice the typical turnout. “Bahrain has historically been the most active in the region. The United Arab Emirates are also active. Qatar also is beginning to enter the space. Our efforts have revolved around getting financiers in the region more comfortable with aircraft as an asset class and to encourage financiers to fund more aircraft rather than real estate or other things,” Matthews said. The Middle East air travel market continued to grow during the downturn unlike other parts of the world. With recovery now underway or beginning, Matthew’s message to the region’s financiers is straightforward: “Financiers willing to take advantage of the short-term market dislocations with a view toward creating a long-term aircraft portfolio should find themselves generously rewarded, as aircraft remain a great asset.”

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Aircraft finance continues to attract new debt providers

Evolution of Aircraft Banking – Since the early days of the Jet era when U.S. banks predominated, the sources for aircraft financing have followed those regions in economic favor, moving from Japan, to Europe to today’s emerging markets, led by China.

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Total Sukuk issuance - growing again

Sukuk Aviation Leasing Inc $500M; five year term @ 3.875% 16 aircraft collateral “Ijara” Sale Lease-back structure

Islamic bond market is evolving rapidly

Boeing has believed for some time that aircraft are perfectly suited for Islamic financing, a market based on Shariah (Islamic law) compliance, in which one requirement is that investments be asset-based. 2009 saw the first Islamic bond (sukuk) deal secured by aircraft. About $500 million worth of bonds were issued, secured by 16 airplanes. (See “Islamic bond market” chart)

“This is a landmark deal and a very important development in expanding global aircraft capital markets. It’s also a significant step forward for aircraft financing in the Islamic finance market, which is estimated to be approximately one-half trillion dollars,” Matthews said. Thanks to Boeing for supplying editorial content for this article. Jetrader 23


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - May/June 2010

Jetrader - May/June 2010
A Message from the President
Q&A: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
ISTAT Shines in Orlando
The State of Aviation Finance
A Closer Look: Airbus A380
Cargo Conversion Candidate Aircraft
Emerging Entrants
Help Yourself
Bavarian Splendor
Flying Higher
Aircraft Appraisals
From the ISTAT Foundation Index
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Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Cover2
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - A Message from the President
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 4
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Contents
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 6
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Calendar/News
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 8
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Q&A: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 10
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 11
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - ISTAT Shines in Orlando
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 13
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 14
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 15
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - The State of Aviation Finance
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 17
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - A Closer Look: Airbus A380
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 19
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Cargo Conversion Candidate Aircraft
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 21
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Emerging Entrants
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - 23
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Help Yourself
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Bavarian Splendor
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Flying Higher
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Aircraft Appraisals
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Jetrader - May/June 2010 - From the ISTAT Foundation
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Index
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Cover3
Jetrader - May/June 2010 - Cover4