Aviation Asset Finance and funding
The exciting world of Aviation Finance
By Chris Pink, last updated June 29, 2023

Aviation Finance

Aviation finance is a complex and specialised field of financing which requires knowledge and expertise.

I have considerable experience in this area, having worked in aviation finance for more than a decade.

In this article, I will discuss the various types of aviation finance, the terms and conditions associated with it, strategies for financing, evaluating risk, and the various financing options available.

I hope this article will help those who are considering financing for aviation related projects to make informed decisions.

Types of Aviation Finance

You may be wondering what types of financing are available when it comes to aircrafts.

Generally, there are three main types of aviation finance: lease financing, loan financing, and equity financing.

Lease financing is when an airline or other aircraft owner rents an aircraft from a leasing company.

The leasing company is usually the lender, and the lessee pays a monthly fee for use of the aircraft over the term of the lease.

Loan financing is when an airline or other aircraft owner borrows money from a lender.

The lender will set a repayment plan and interest rate, and the borrower must make regular payments until the loan is paid off.

Equity financing is when an airline or other aircraft owner uses their own or someone else’s money as collateral for an investment.

The lender will usually take an ownership stake in the aircraft and the borrower will have to pay a percentage of the profits back to the lender.

Overall, each type of aviation finance has its own advantages and disadvantages, and understanding the details of each can help determine which one is right for you.

It’s important to consider all your options before making a decision about how to finance your aircraft.

Terms and Conditions

Knowing the terms and conditions of aviation finance is essential to making informed decisions. Depending on the type of aviation finance you’re considering, there may be different terms and conditions to consider.

For example, if you’re looking to finance the purchase of an aircraft, you may have to pay a down payment of anywhere between 10-50% of the purchase price.

Depending on the lender, you may also need to provide collateral, such as a lien on another aircraft or personal property.

Additionally, you may be required to pay a closing fee and meet certain credit requirements.

When financing an aircraft, you may also need to consider the repayment terms.

These may include an interest rate, repayment period, and repayment schedule. Generally, the interest rate is based on the lender and the current economic climate, and the repayment period could be anywhere from 1-10 years.

Additionally, you may be able to choose between a fixed or variable rate depending on your needs.

Understanding the terms and conditions of aviation finance is important for making the right decision for your needs.

Aviation Financing Strategies

With so many options, it’s important to have strategies in place to make the most of your aviation financing.

One of the first strategies to consider is securing the most advantageous loan terms and interest rates. This can be done by shopping around for loans and evaluating the various features of each loan.

It can also be beneficial to have a good understanding of your credit score and history. This means you can determine which loans you’re eligible for and which ones you should avoid.

Another important strategy is ensuring that you’re getting the best return on investment.

This can be done by researching the cost of aircraft and comparing them to the potential benefits of owning the aircraft.

Additionally, it’s important to consider the cost of maintenance and repair for the aircraft, as well as the cost of operating the aircraft.

By understanding these factors, you can ensure that you’re making a wise investment.

Evaluation of Risk in Aviation Finance

Evaluating the risk associated with aviation finance requires careful consideration to ensure you make the most informed decisions.

Different factors must be taken into account when assessing risk.

  • such as the type of aircraft
  • the aviation market
  • the financial institution.

Specific risks must be identified, evaluated, and quantified in order to make a responsible financial decision.

Knowing the risks associated with an aircraft or aviation financing opportunity is essential to making a sound decision.

It’s important to recognise and understand the various risks associated with aviation finance in order to mitigate potential losses.

Researching the current market, understanding the industry, and assessing the financial institution can help you understand the potential risks.

A strong understanding of the risks involved can help you make the best decision for your situation.

Aviation Financing Options

Understanding your financing options is key to making the most informed decision when it comes to aircraft purchases.

There are a few key financing options available in aviation finance.

The most common option is traditional bank financing, which offers aircraft owners a loan with a fixed interest rate and a fixed maturity date.

Another option is lease financing, where the aircraft owner pays a fixed rate for use of the aircraft over a period of time.

This option is generally more flexible than traditional financing but may also have higher interest rates.

Finally, aircraft owners may opt for a tax-advantaged financing option. A sale-leaseback, where the owner sells the aircraft to a financial institution and then leases it back.

Each of these financing options has its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to understand the implications of each before committing to a financing option.


I’ve learned a lot about aviation finance today. I now understand the different types of financing available, the terms and conditions, strategies for financing, and how to evaluate risk.

With this knowledge, I’m more confident in my ability to make the best decisions for my business.

I also now know the various financing options available and can choose the one that fits my budget and needs.

All in all, aviation finance can be a complex topic, but with a bit of guidance, I can ensure I’m making the right decisions for my business.

Here at Pinks Asset Finance we are very close to Goodwood so why not meet at the Aerodrome cafe for a chat.

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