Rand Merchant Bank has spent US$40 million (about 250 million rand) on three Bombardier Q400 aircraft bought from Flybe to be leased to SA Express as part of a concerted effort to grow its aviation portfolio. “We are an investment bank and we do have a financing mindset,” said Greg McKenzie, a member of RMB’s asset-based finance team, adding that the latest Bombardier aircraft purchase was part of a bigger parcel of aircraft. RMB had already leased out aircraft to SA Express, Air Namibia and to Flybe in the UK as well. “We’ve been dealing with aircraft since about 1996,

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