Airline Economics is celebrating ten years of its legendary Aviation 100 awards where we celebrate all of the very best companies, individuals and transactions in the aviation finance and leasing sector over the past year. 2020 was an unprecedented and transformative year for the aviation industry. When voting in our survey or nominating transactions, we asked the industry to consider companies and individuals’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including their ability to raise additional funds, manage a new operating environment as well as its overall crisis response and future resilience. As a result, the top ten rankings for Airline of the year, Aircraft of the year, CEO/Industry Leader of the year, CFO/Treasury Team of the year, Lessor of the year, MRO of the year, Law Firm of the year, Appraiser of the year, Bank of the year and Parts Supplier of the year, are different to past years showing the dramatic impact the pandemic has had on the industry leaders. Likewise, the Aviation 100 Deals of the Year show the myriad transactions closed by airlines, manufacturers and leasing companies, which have reached new heights of innovation even for a sector as creative as aviation finance has been over the past three decades.
The Aviation 100 Global Leaders awards also include the Face of Aviation award, which is awarded to the individual that has made a significant contribution to the aviation industry during the year. The winner of this category is decided through nomination, overall performance and editorial discretion. The Aviation 100 Lifetime Achievement award celebrates the life and work of one significant individual awarded by the managing director of Aviation News Ltd
The winners of the Airline Economics Aviation 100 10th Anniversary awards will be announced in Issue 60 – our 10th Anniversary edition – of Airline Economics magazine.
Celebrating with the industry
For the past nine years, Airline Economics has held large-scale, celebratory gala dinners for each awards ceremony held around the world with the flagship Airline Economics Aviation 100 Global Leaders Awards being held in Dublin every January during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference. Since 2020 has been such a disruptive year for the world and the aviation industry, with has continued into early 2021, Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin conference was forced to be virtual only in January 2021 and we were not able to hold an awards gala dinner. The Dublin hybrid – in-person and online – conference has been moved to 13-15 September at the Royal Dublin Society – where we very much hope to be able to host a gala awards dinner but we – as everyone – are subject to COVID-19 regulations at the time. Please sign up for our newsletter to keep abreast of all news concerning our events programme. Nominations for Airline Economics Aviation 100 awards 2022 open in October 2021.
Guidelines for nominations
TOP TEN CRITERIA FOR EACH CATEGORY
Since 2020 has been such a disruptive year for all aviation companies, when casting your vote and/or making your nomination, please also consider the management’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the company’s ability to raise additional funds, manage a new operating environment and overall crisis response and future resilience.
AIRLINE OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Profit, debt, load figures, RPK, orders and routes held, M&A/expansion activity.
AIRCRAFT OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Orders against cancellations, performance over last 12 months, result of the Aviation News survey and residual value data.
CEO OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Performance of company over past 12 months, personal involvement with deals/expansions/agreements/suppliers, among others.
CFO/TREASURER OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Best finance deal in past 12 months but also looks at consistency of performance and deals book.
LESSOR OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Number and types of aircraft on books and increase over past 12 months, profit/turnover/debt, value of company against 12 months ago, client list – new clients won in the past 12 months, aircraft owners against aircraft managed, lease rate performance and results of the Aviation News survey for satisfaction.
MRO OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Aircraft/engine types handled, contracts in place – won against lost, global facilities/new facilities/facilities planned, total number of aircraft/engines maintained during past 12 months, turnover, results of the Aviation News survey.
LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Deals worked on, aerospace clients on books, Deal of the Year pitch, value of deals worked on, number of cases closed; number and office locations/employees, employee turnover in the aviation department in the past 12 months.
APPRAISER OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Results of the Aviation News survey, number of clients handled, number offices/employees, turnover in past 12 months, aircraft type specialism.
BANK OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Number of deals closed in the past 12 months, value of deals closed, results of Aviation News survey.
PARTS SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Criteria judged include: Parts stocked, clients on books/new clients in the past 12 months, locations/number of employees, ability to source, supply and timescale; plus results from the Aviation News survey.
FACE OF AVIATION AWARD
The Face of Aviation award celebrates one individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the aerospace industry in the past 12 months. Nominations for this prestigious award are welcomed.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award celebrates the life and work of a major aviation figure. Nominations are accepted but the absolute decision is taken by Philip Tozer-Pennington, Aviation News Ltd managing director.
For the Bank of the Year and the Law Firm of the Year nominations, please submit all relevant deals closed during 2020 in support of your nomination as well as a 200-word explanation of why your firm deserves to win.
HOW TO VOTE
Cast your vote in the annual Aviation 100 surveys now:
Voting will close December 5, 2020.
Companies are invited to send out the link to customers and clients although votes cast for your own company will not be counted.
AVIATION 100 DEALS OF THE YEAR
All of our regional and overall awards present Deals of the Year awards to the most outstanding finance and leasing deals closed in the previous 12 months period. The categories being considered for the Aviation 100 Global Leaders Deals of the Year Awards 2022 are:
Aviation 100 Lease Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Fund of the Year (New Fund)
Aviation 100 Fund of the Year (Long-Term Performance)
Aviation 100 Supported Finance Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Airport Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 M&A Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Equity Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Restructuring Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Capital Markets Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Debt Deal of the Year
Aviation 100 Editor’s Deal of the Year for Innovation
Aviation 100 Overall Deal of the Year
For all of the above categories, deals nominated will be considered for a regional award as well as for the overall category.
Aviation Fund of the Year category criteria All funds debt and equity funds that invest in aviation assets are eligible for nomination. All funds must be more than $50 million AUM. The New Fund Award is for funds launched in 2020 – and the Long-Term Performance Award is for funds that have performed consistently well for more than five years.
Funds will be judged on their risk-adjusted performance over the past year (and in the case of the Long-Term performance award, consistent returns over five years. New funds will be judged on their performance to date and a qualitative judgement on their structure, investment profile and subscription on launch. All of the above information must be included in the nomination for the fund to be considered fully.
HOW TO PITCH
Any company can nominate its clients or its own services for consideration to win one of the top ten categories by submitting a pitch to The Aviation 100 editorial team firstname.lastname@example.org with AE AWARDS 2022 in the subject line. Please indicate clearly which regional award category your deal should be considered for as well as the overall awards.
Please also send nominations for the Face of Aviation award to the same address, describing why that person deserves to win the award for the most outstanding contribution to the aviation industry in 2021. The deadline for nominations and pitches for The Aviation 100 Global Leaders awards is December 5, 2021. Nominations for the Face of Aviation award will be accepted up to December 10, 2021. The editorial team’s decision for all award winners is final.