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Strong Economic Growth in India to Fuel Business Aviation Market: A Survey

New Delhi. Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range business jets, expects that the demand for business aviation in India will increase in the backdrop of the country’s strong economic growth.

Simon Davies, Vice President, Sales India at Global Jet Capital is currently in India meeting prospective clients who are looking for finance to support potential acquisitions of mid to heavy business jets.

Global Jet Capital’s new research reveals that over the last decade (2006-15), 70 mid to heavy business jets were delivered to India with a combined value of around $3.5 billion.

Global Jet Capital says these aircraft typically cost between $25-75 million each, and up to 80 per cent of the funding used to purchase these is sourced through external financing. The Indian business aircraft fleet has a greater proportion of mid-sized to heavy jets than the global average. 44 per cent of the Indian fleet is classed as mid-sized to heavy, compared with a worldwide figure of 31 per cent, indicating that demand for finance from Indian buyers is likely to be greater than from other regions.

The aviation finance specialist, which recently completed the purchase of the aircraft lease and loan portfolio of GE Capital Corporate Aircraft in the Americas representing approximately $2.5 billion of net assets, has around $1 billion to lend to clients to purchase relevant business aircraft in India and elsewhere around the world.

Simon Davies, Vice President, Sales India, Global Jet Capital said: “For the fiscal year 2015-16, India’s GDP growth was around 7.6 per cent, and some market commentators are predicting that growth will gain momentum in 2016-17, with GDP growth of around 7.8 per cent.

“Demand for business aviation is closely correlated to economic growth so we believe long-term, India will see a significant increase in demand for business jets.  This is already a very attractive market for us, and we expect it to become even more appealing in the coming years.”

Global Jet Capital, which was launched in 2014, is capitalised by three global investment firms – GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone company in partnership with Franklin Square Capital Partners; The Carlyle Group; and AE Industrial Partners.

The company’s current management team and executive committee is composed of leaders from business jet manufacturers, maintenance and service providers and leading financial institutions who have served the private aircraft industry for a combined 200-plus years and have completed over 3,500 aircraft transactions.

With $2.5 billion in assets under management and the additional current committed capacity to lend $1 billion, Global Jet Capital provides financing solutions for the private aircraft market. The company is capitalised by world-class private investors with expertise in the global aviation industry: GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone company, in partnership with Franklin Square Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners. The Global Jet Capital management team has served the private aircraft industry for a combined 200-plus years and has completed over 3,500 aircraft transactions. The company has the expertise, financial strength, industry relationships and infrastructure necessary to offer a variety of flexible financing solutions at the speed the market requires.