AIRCASTLE DELIVERS A330-200 TO SAA

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 9, 2011 17:10

AIRCASTLE DELIVERS A330-200 TO SAA

Aircastle has delivered the first of six A330-200 aircraft to South African Airways. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines.
Debt financing for this purchase was arranged and provided by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and supported by a guarantee from Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Exterieur (COFACE), the French export credit agency. This debt bears interest at a rate of 3.78% per annum and will be repaid over twelve years.

Ron Wainshal, chief executive officer of Aircastle, said: “We are building a significant relationship with South African Airways and are proud to support its fleet modernization program with these six new A330-200s. These aircraft will provide the airline with significant improvements in fuel efficiency and operating costs and its passengers with a comfortable, state-of-the-art cabin.”

Wainshal said: “With this delivery, we’re beginning to benefit from approximately $700 million of attractive built-in asset growth from our Airbus program over the next 15 months.  This expansion of our asset base — combined with approximately $500 million of new investments we completed during 2010 — positions us to grow our earnings in 2011 and beyond.  With our strong balance sheet and proven access to diverse sources of capital, we are poised to pursue new transaction opportunities and capitalize on the steadily improving demand for passenger and cargo aircraft.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 9, 2011 17:10
Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment

Only <a href="http://www.aviationnews-online.com/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aviationnews-online.com%2Ftechnology%2Faircastle-delivers-a330-200-to-saa%2F"> registered </a> users can comment.