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Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards and Deals of the Year 2022 winners announced

Rewarding resilience and ingenuity in a challenging environment for the aviation finance and leasing industry

Airline Economics, the flagship publication dedicated to the commercial aviation finance and leasing industry owned by Aviation News Ltd, has announced the winners of its 11th Aviation 100 Deals of the Year awards 2022.

“2022 was a difficult, yet inspiring, year for the aviation industry,” says Victoria Tozer-Pennington, editor and co-founder of Aviation News Ltd and Airline Economics. “The Aviation 100 Awards celebrate the diligence and commitment of aviation executives and financiers that have supported the industry throughout one of the industry’s darkest periods. This year, we launched our inaugural Aviation 100 Sustainability Awards as well the Technology Innovation Award, to celebrate the great strides the industry is making in its advance towards a more sustainable and a more digital future.”

“For our Deals of the Year awards, we received in excess of 150 nominations for aviation finance and leasing transactions to consider for very few award categories. The volume and innovation displayed in those nominations made the judging process even more difficult but it also highlighted the record levels of financial support airlines and lessors have received over the past year. The deals we have selected in our annual awards reflect the hard work and creativity of the aviation finance community. Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees,” added Tozer-Pennington.

Airline Economics is looking forward to returning to Dublin for its largest-ever Growth Frontiers conference in the city, which is taking over the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), the Intercontinental hotel and surrounding area for four days from the welcome reception on the evening of Sunday May 7th to the end of the conference on Wednesday May 12th. On Monday evening, Airline Economics will celebrate with the award winners of the Aviation 100 Awards 2022, which recognise the achievements of the leading companies and individuals in the aviation finance and leasing world.

Airline Economics had a record-breaking response to its Aviation 100 readers survey, which determines the Aviation 100 rankings. This year, respondents were asked to comment on their choices, which provided a unique insight into the perception of the various aviation companies. Many of the comments for the winning companies have been repeated in the accompanying awards issue of Airline Economics magazine.

In the latest issue of Airline Economics magazine, Issue 66, we celebrate the Aviation 100 Global Leaders Deals of the Yearawards, which recognise the most significant deals closed in 2021 from all around the world. As well as these overall awards, we also present awards to the foremost transactions in relevant categories for the various regions in the Aviation 100 European and Asia-Pacific awards, while the winners of the Middle East North Africa and Americas Deals of the Year awards, which were presented to winners during awards gala dinners at Growth Frontiers Dubai and Growth Frontiers New Yorkconferences in October 2021.

Congratulations to all of the Aviation 100 winners. The stories of triumph in the award articles serve to demonstrate the strength of relationships in the aviation industry, which have certainly proven their worth over the pandemic period and will be equally as critical in the recovery years and beyond.

Congratulations to all Airline Economics Aviation 100 award winners. The Airline Economics team looks forward to celebrating at our Aviation 100 Awards gala dinner at the RDS during Growth Frontiers Dublin on May 9.

The full Aviation 100 awards article features in the Issue 66 of Airline Economics magazine, available here for subscribers. The 2022 winners are shown below.

Global Aviation 100 Deals of the Year
Lease Deal of the Year ACG-Guaranteed Financing for Italian Tax Lease to THY
Equity Deal of the Year Frontier Airlines IPO
Debt Deal of the Year American Airlines $10bn AAdvantage loyalty programme package
Supported Finance Deal of the Year AFIC & Balthazar supported sale-leaseback financing two 787-10s and one A350-900 for Singapore Airlines
M&A Deal of the Year AerCap’s acquisition of GECAS
Capital Markets Deal of the Year AerCap’s $21bn unsecured bond issuance
Bank Financing Deal of the Year AerCap $24bn bridge loan facility
Editor’s Deal of the Year Griffin Global Asset Management Operating and Finance Lease Warehouse
Freighter Finance Deal of the Year American Airlines Cargo Receivable Securitization
Restructuring Deal of the Year Malaysia Airlines Restructuring
Engine Deal of the Year Engine Lease Finance purchase and leaseback of 25 P&W GTF engines
Airport Deal of the Year Tocumen US$1.9bn 2041 & 2061 Notes Offering
New Fund of the Year ABL Aviation & Ellington midlife aircraft fund
   
Sustainability Aviation 100 Deals of the Year
Sustainability Lease Deal of the Year Crianza Aviation and EastMerchant’s first Sustainability-Linked Operating Lease
Sustainability Debt Deal of the Year Jackson Square Aviation Sustainability Linked Loan
Sustainability Supported Finance Deal of the Year Sustainability-Linked Balthazar-supported Senior Secured Loan for one A350-900 delivered to Air France
Sustainability Airport Finance Deal of the Year Sustainability Linked Bond for Aeroporti di Roma
Sustainability Capital Markets Deal of the Year British Airways $553.6m 2021-1 Sustainability-Linked EETC
Sustainability Editor’s Deal of the Year British Airways £2.0 Billion UKEF EDG Facility
Sustainability Finance Overall Deal of the Year Etihad Airways $1.2bn Sustainability Linked Term & Revolving Facilities
Sustainability Overall Deal of the Year Avolon’s $2bn Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL order & placement
   
European Aviation 100 Deals of the Year
European Lease Deal of the Year ACG-Guaranteed Financing for Italian Tax Lease to THY
European Equity Deal of the Year Lufthansa €2.16bn Rights Issue
European Debt Deal of the Year IAG Mutli-Opco $1.755bn Senior Secured RCF
European Supported Finance Deal of the Year SunExpress – UKEF-guaranteed facility for the purchase of Boeing aircraft
European M&A Deal of the Year Project Wings: Acquisition of majority stake in Condor Flugdienst
European Capital Markets Deal of the Year Ryanair’s €1.2bn Unsecured Bond Offering
European Editor’s Deal of the Year Air Greenland Private Placement
European Overall Deal of the Year British Airways $553.6m 2021-1 sustainability-linked EETC
European Airline of the Year Ryanair
European Bank of the Year Credit Agricole-CIB
European Lessor of the Year AerCap
European CFO/Treasury Team of the Year Peter Juhas and the AerCap Treasury Team
European CEO/Industry Leader of the Year Aengus Kelly, CEO, AerCap
   
Asia-Pacific Aviation 100 Deals of the Year
Asia-Pacific Lease Deal of the Year CALC sale and leaseback transaction for 12 China Eastern Airlines aircraft
Asia-Pacific Equity Deal of the Year Cebu Pacific Capital Raise and Liabilities Reprofiling
Asia-Pacific Debt Deal of the Year Recourse Portfolio financing for CDB Aviation
Asia-Pacific Supported Finance Deal of the Year AVIC Leasing Balthazar Financing for four A321NX
Asia-Pacific M&A Deal of the Year Stonepeak Purchase of NAB aircraft loan portfolio
Asia-Pacific Capital Markets Deal of the Year Singapore Airlines US$500 million 3.000% Senior Notes due 2026
Asia-Pacific Restructuring Deal of the Year Philippine Airlines Chapter 11 cross-border restructuring
Asia-Pacific Freighter Deal of the Year Juniper Aviation Investments
Asia-Pacific Editor’s Deal of the Year BOCOM Leasing/China Post Airlines P2F conversion and operating lease for two used 737-800s
Asia-Pacific Overall Deal of the Year Recourse Portfolio financing for CDB Aviation
Asia-Pacific MRO of the Year SIA Engineering Company
Asia-Pacific Airline of the Year Singapore Airlines
Asia-Pacific Bank of the Year Bank of China
Asia-Pacific Lessor of the Year BOC Aviation
Asia-Pacific CFO/Treasury Team of the Year Tan Kai Ping, Executive Vice President. Finance and Strategy, Singapore Airlines
Asia-Pacific CEO/Industry Leader of the Year Robert Martin, CEO, BOC Aviation
   
Middle East & Africa & Islamic Deals of the Year 2021
Middle East & Africa Freighter Deal of the Year AFG Aviation acquisition four A300 freighter aircraft from Qatar Airways
Middle East & Africa Debt Deal of the Year Saudia Fleet Expansion Financing
Middle East & Africa Supported Finance Deal of the Year FPG Amentum, AFIC and Societe Generale Financing of a Boeing 737-8 MAX JOL with flydubai
Middle East & Africa Editor’s Deal of the Year Sale-leaseback one A350-900 & one 787-10 to Singapore Airlines
Middle East & Africa Lease Deal of the Year HSBC-Novus-flydubai sale-leaseback two 737MAX aircraft
Middle East & Africa Islamic Finance Deal of the Year DAE US$280m unsecured Murabaha financing
Middle East & Africa Overall Deal of the Year DAE US1.55bn 144A Reg S Senior Unsecured Bond Issuance
Middle East & Africa Law Firm of the Year Allen & Overy
Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year Emirates
Middle East & Africa Bank of the Year FAB
Middle East & Africa Lessor of the Year DAE
Middle East & Africa CEO/Industry Leader of the Year Tony Douglas, CEO, Etihad
Middle East & Africa CFO of the Year Adam Boukadida, CFO, Etihad
Middle East & Africa Treasury Team of the Year Emirates
   
   
Americas Aviation 100 Deals of the Year
Americas Debt Deal of the Year United Airlines’ $10.75bn senior secured debt financing
Americas Equity Deal of the Year Sun Country Initial Public Offering
Americas Capital Markets Deal of the Year SALT 2021-1 ABS
Americas Supported Finance Deal of the Year AFIC-Supported Financing of six Embraer E175 aircraft for Republic Airways, funded by Apple Bank and CA-CIB
Americas M&A & Editor’s Deal of the Year Carlyle Aviation Partners acquisition of FLY Leasing
Americas Overall Deal of the Year American Airlines $10bn AAdvantage loyalty programme package
Americas Lessor of the Year Air Lease Corporation
Americas Airline of the Year 2021 Southwest Airlines
Americas Bank  of the Year Goldman Sachs
Americas CFO/Treasury Team of the Year Gregory Willis, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Air Lease Corporation
Americas CEO/Industry Leader of the Year John Plueger, President & CEO, Air Lease Corporation

 

Nominations for Aviation 100 2023 Awards will begin in October 2022.