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02 Jun 20

Aviation must face up to prospect of long ?COVID overhang?, says Alton Aviation Consultancy report

NEW YORK - June 2, 2020: The ?New Normal? for the aviation industry is 18-24 months away and key players must prepare for an extended ?Covid overhang? period and a long, turbulent journey to recovery, according to Alton Aviation Consultancy. The global aviation advisory firm today released its independent report ?Covid-19: Implications for the commercial aviation industry?, offering detailed insight into the ongoing crisis for the whole aviation industry. The comprehensive paper sets out a list of mitigating strategies and actions for airlines, aircraft lessors, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) providers, aerospace manufacturers, and airports to prioritize resources and manage risk. Adam Cowburn, report author and managing director in Alton?s Hong Kong office, says: ?The surest way out of this crisis is for every player across the aviation value chain to work in tandem with governments and other stakeholders to put airlines back in the air and get revenues flowing again. ?While the fight against the virus continues with travel restrictions and quarantines to limit spread, we are cautiously optimistic that the immediate phase of deep crisis for the aviation industry may come to end in the not-too-distant future. Before settling in the New Normal, the industry will pass through an extended period we are calling the ?Covid overhang? ? certain aspects of life may return to varying degrees of normalcy, but the influence of Covid-19 will continue to loom large over the aviation industry. Businesses must not let unrelenting ambiguity get in the way of continuous mid- and long-term...

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20 May 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy?s Jian Zhu accredited as Certified Appraiser by ISTAT; the first woman in Asia to earn such qualification

HONG KONG - May 20, 2020: Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce that engagement manager Jian Zhu has earned her credentials as an International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Certified Appraiser. Based in Alton?s Hong Kong office, Ms. Zhu adds to Alton?s roster of certified appraisers and becomes Asia?s first female ISTAT Certified Appraiser. Laetitia Achille, managing director in Alton?s New York office, says: ?ISTAT accreditation is the gold standard for valuing aviation-related assets and this achievement demonstrates Jian?s commitment to aviation and the industry best practices we adhere to at Alton. Jian has clearly set a precedent for diversity in the industry and we hope to see her example followed by many more.? There are currently a total of eighty ISTAT certified appraisers worldwide, of which less than ten are women. As well as completing exams in finance, technical, appraisals, and ethics, the process to become certified as an ISTAT Appraiser includes numerous prerequisites including a minimum of five years full-time experience in aviation, with at least two years spent on performing aircraft appraisals. Ms. Zhu joined Alton Aviation Consultancy in 2019 with nearly a decade of advisory experience in aircraft leasing and financing advisory, with strong expertise in finance, aviation asset valuation, and cash flow modelling. Ms. Zhu began her career at SkyWorks Capital, a boutique financial advisory firm dedicated to commercial aviation, before joining international consulting firm ICF as a manager in the aviation asset advisory and management practice. She earned her BSc in Business...

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30 Mar 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy announces appointment of Leah Ryan as a Managing Director

DUBLIN, IRELAND - March 30, 2020: Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce that Leah Ryan has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Based in Alton?s Dublin, Ireland office, Leah will enhance Alton?s advisory offerings in aircraft leasing and aviation finance, risk analysis and restructuring, due diligence and investment strategy, business planning, transaction support, and valuation. Leah is a seasoned aviation financial services leader, bringing two decades of experience in global risk management and aviation finance to her new role. Prior to joining Alton, Leah spent a decade with GECAS across its operating lease and lending (PK AirFinance) businesses, providing oversight on structuring and comprehensive underwriting of aviation leasing and debt opportunities. Earlier in her career, Leah worked with GE Commercial Finance, underwriting and delivering due diligence analysis for leasing and financing products. Leah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Trinity College Dublin. John Mowry, Alton founding Managing Director, says: ?We are thrilled for Leah to join the Alton team in Dublin, cementing our presence in one of world?s major aircraft leasing hubs. In today?s challenging environment, Leah?s deep risk and restructuring experience across leasing and lending products further strengthens our expertise and will provide significant value to our clients.? Ryan adds: ?I am incredibly proud to be joining the growing team at Alton. I look forward to using my experience across aviation finance to offer objective and impartial guidance to the world?s leading aircraft lessors, airlines, lenders, and investors.? About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton...

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24 Mar 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy Maintains Steady Client-Focused Approach in Turbulent Times

New York - March 24, 2020: As the scale of the coronavirus crisis escalates, our thoughts are with those individuals who have been directly affected by COVID-19, and those indirectly impacted by the fallout from the global response. The aviation industry is facing unprecedented times, with ever-evolving pronouncements of schedule changes, flight suspensions and government bailouts. In this challenging environment, there are often more questions than answers. Now, more than ever, it?s experience that matters, and at Alton Aviation Consultancy our global team of professional advisors stand ready to help make sense of this new reality, with expertise across: Aircraft Leasing & Aviation Finance: Providing risk and restructuring support, financial analysis, credit and portfolio reviews, aircraft asset management, strategy and diligence support, and quick market intelligence with up-to-date industry views Airlines: From full-service legacy airlines to ultra-low-cost-carriers, charter operators to cargo, we support airlines through their most challenging financial, commercial, and operational issues Aviation Investors: We assist current debt and equity investors assess existing stakes maximize returns. For those investors with capital seeking to capitalize on the dislocation, we provide commercial due diligence services, quantifying market opportunities, benchmarking historical performance, assessing competitive positioning, projecting revenues and costs for some of the most significant transactions in the aviation and aerospace markets MRO & Aftermarket: Offering comprehensive support for restructuring, cost reduction, aviation asset management, repossession, and re-marketing Times may be rapidly changing, but our values have not. At Alton, we put our clients at the center of everything we do. About...

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12 Mar 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy advises O2 Investment Partners

New York - March 12, 2020: Alton Aviation Consultancy has advised O2 Investment Partners on its investment in First Class Air Support and Cargo Repair, as the business aims to enhance its product and service offering to customers worldwide. First Class Air Support is a worldwide distributor of aftermarket aircraft components, with an inventory including new, serviceable or overhauled aircraft parts. Cargo Repair is a repair station based in Louisville, Kentucky, certified to perform repairs on cargo loading system components manufactured by a range of leading aviation brands. Brian Rynott, managing director, Alton, says: ?The investment of O2 Investment Partners in First Class Air Support and Cargo Repair presents a strong platform for growth for both firms as they pursue significant market growth opportunities over the next decade. ?Alton?s deep MRO and aftermarket expertise enables our team to provide data-driven insight to inform our clients? business growth strategies, and we are extremely proud to have advised on this investment.? About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The firm was founded by veteran aviation industry executives, globally recognized for their thought leadership, quantitative analytics, and innovative solution development. With no joint ventures, affiliations or other business associations, Alton is independent and objective, trusted to provide a premium offering to serve the best interests of its clients. Offices in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore support Alton?s global footprint, delivering deep domain expertise across the entire aviation value...

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22 Jan 20

Latin American political instability heralds fresh challenges for the airline and MRO sectors, says Alton

Long-term growth of 7% CAGR forecast for region?s MRO, despite near-term uncertainties MRO Latin America, Cartagena ? January 22, 2020: Latin America?s political instability, already impacting the region?s airline and MRO industries, may create greater challenges if it causes air passenger demand to fall, says Alton Aviation Consultancy. Speaking today at the MRO Latin America conference and exhibition in Cartagena, Colombia, Jonathan Berger, managing director at Alton, said: ?This year is likely to see continued political strife in Latin America, which made 2019 a difficult environment for aviation. Governmental changes and civil protests, such as Chile?s ?30 Pesos Revolution?, contributed to steep currency declines versus the strong dollar. As a result, US-denominated MRO services became more expensive locally, hurting airlines? bottom lines. ?Last year, the industry had to adjust to the failure of several Latin American airlines and the restructuring of Avianca. Should ongoing political uncertainly further impact passenger volumes, MRO activity would be an indirect victim of airlines reducing flight frequencies. This is certainly one of the issues that should be top of mind for MRO leaders today.? Notwithstanding these near-term challenges, Alton predicts healthy growth for Latin American MRO over the coming decade. The consultancy?s latest industry forecast sees MRO spend in Latin America growing by 7% CAGR over the decade, from US$5bn in 2020 to US$9bn 2030. Globally, the consultancy forecasts MRO spend rising by 6.3% CAGR, from US$88bn in 2020 to US$161bn by 2030. Berger comments: ?Latin American MROs will benefit from the long-term worldwide growth...

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20 Jan 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy Expands Capabilities After Year of Record Growth

NEW YORK (JANUARY 20, 2020) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation management consultancy, is poised to take on ever more challenging assignments in 2020, following another year of record growth in which it increased its geographic footprint to six multi-national offices, grew its advisory team to more than 25 professionals, and completed more than 80 client engagements. The firm, relied upon by market leaders for independent and objective management consulting and advisory services, is celebrating 2019 highlights that include: Opening a new office in Singapore, led by Joshua Ng, to support clients in Southeast Asia and globally with a deep bench of analytic capabilities. With additional offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, and Dublin, Alton now offers local and regional teams in every major aviation industry hub worldwide. Delivering an array of strategic engagements, including deeper integration and support across transaction advisory; merger and acquisition, due diligence and sponsor-led sales support, including industry sector and market overviews and studies. Successfully completing numerous commercial due diligence assignments for private equity and institutional investors. Adam Cowburn, Alton?s Hong Kong-based founding managing director, says: ?We are excited to be offering our clients even more comprehensive support. It is a privilege to be trusted to advise on their most critical strategic decisions and sensitive transactions. The growth in our number of multi-year repeat client engagements validates our model and demonstrates our industry expertise and focus creates immediate value for clients.? Alton?s engagements in 2019 spanned the entire aviation value chain, with...

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06 Jan 20

Alton Aviation Consultancy provides advisory services for Monocle/AerSale business combination

NEW YORK (January 6, 2020) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy recently served as an adviser to Monocle Acquisition Corporation in its business combination with AerSale. The combined company, which will be named AerSale Corporation, will be publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Monocle Acquisition Corporation is a public investment vehicle formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or similar business combination with a focus on the aerospace and defence sectors. AerSale is a leading, integrated global supplier of aftermarket aircraft, engineered solutions, spare engines, flight equipment, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, and used serviceable material (USM) support. Brian Rynott, one of Alton Aviation Consultancy?s Managing Directors, commented, ?We?re pleased and proud to have played an instrumental role in the combination of Monocle and AerSale. The newly formed AerSale Corporation is well-positioned in the growing aviation aftermarket. Our participation as an advisor on this transaction is added testament to Alton?s advisory capabilities across the wide range of aviation services including MRO/aftermarket, distribution, and asset management.? About Alton Aviation Consultancy A specialist advisory firm dedicated to serving the aviation and aerospace industries, Alton Aviation Consultancy was founded by seasoned aviation industry executives who are globally recognized for their thought leadership, quantitative analytics, and innovative solution development. With offices in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore, Alton?s engagements span the aviation and aerospace value chain with typical projects including strategy and business plan development, operational performance improvement, and transaction support....

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03 Dec 19

Alton Aviation Consultancy Supports Pledge 1%

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 3, 2019) -- A member of the Pledge 1% corporate philanthropy movement, Alton Aviation Consultancy pledges 1% of its revenue to charitable organizations as well as 1% of its time to good causes in the local communities around the world where it works. For the third consecutive year, Alton Aviation Consultancy has donated 1% of its revenue to charitable organizations. Alton donated this year to Airlink, a rapid response humanitarian relief organization that sends aircraft to disaster zones, and the MS Society, which provides support for people with Multiple Sclerosis and research into better treatments. Alton Aviation Consultancy has also worked with a number of other charitable causes in the past year: in New York, Alton?s team volunteered in soup kitchens with the Salvation Army and on an affordable home construction site with Habitat for Humanity; in Japan, Alton?s team volunteered for Earth Day Tokyo; and in Hong Kong, the team volunteered for the Food Angel charity which distributes surplus food from different sectors to underprivileged communities. Alton Aviation Consultancy, which has offices in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Beijing, joined Pledge 1% in 2017, becoming the first company from the aviation and aerospace industry to join the movement. Says John Mowry, Managing Director, Alton Aviation Consultancy: ?We are pleased to continue our support for a movement that promotes companies which integrate giving back as a core value of their business proposition.? Adam Cowburn, Managing Director, further adds: ?The Alton Aviation Consultancy team has...

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08 Nov 19

The Final MRO Frontier - An Executive Spotlight with Jonathan Berger

NEW YORK (November 8, 2019) -- From the New York offices of Alton Aviation Consultancy, Jonathan Berger, a Managing Director and leader of the firm's MRO & Aftermarket practice, talks about consulting and the MRO outlook. Download Executive Spotlight For more than 27 years, Jonathan Berger has delivered bottom line value to aviation industry clients facing a range of challenges. Jonathan specializes in strategic planning, market analysis, operational improvement, and commercial M&A due diligence in the aerospace and MRO segments. His discerning client base of investors, airline executives, OEMs and MRO aftermarket service providers value his unique ability to resolve complex strategic and technical issues in a data-driven, financially quantifiable manner. About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a specialist advisory firm dedicated to serving the aviation and aerospace industries. Alton was founded by seasoned aviation industry executives who are globally recognized for their thought leadership, quantitative analytics, and innovative solution development. Clients trust the Alton Aviation Consultancy team to deliver the objective, data-driven guidance and insight required to inform their business strategies, allocate capital, prioritize resources, and manage risk. With offices in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore, Alton Aviation Consultancy?s engagements span the aviation and aerospace value chain to include commercial, financial and technical aspects. Typical projects include strategy and business plan development, operational performance improvement, and transaction support. Clients include airlines, manufacturers, MRO and aftermarket service providers, lessors, and the broader financial and investment community. To learn more, please visit www.altonaviation.com.

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