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06 Jun 22

Alton Aviation Consultancy Advises Ad Hoc Groups of Secured Creditors on Nordic Aviation Capital’s US$6B Restructuring

NEW YORK (JUNE 6, 2022) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy recently advised two ad-hoc groups of secured creditors on the $6 billion debt restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital DAC (NAC), the largest global lessor of regional aircraft. The restructuring was implemented through a pre-arranged Chapter 11 process in the US Bankruptcy Court. Alongside other legal and financial advisors, the group of creditors advised by Alton, with assets valued well in excess of US$1 billion, included BNP, Deutsche Bank, Development Bank of Japan, Export Development Canada, Investec, JP Morgan, Korea Development Bank, MUFG, New York Life, and Silver Point Capital together with other lenders under syndicated facilities. The secured financings included direct loans, finance leases, JOLCO financings and...

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03 Mar 22

Alton Aviation Consultancy and Airlink join forces to support Ukraine

NEW YORK (MARCH 7, 2022) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is today launching a fundraising campaign for Ukrainian refugees in conjunction with Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization. Alton, a longstanding supporter of Airlink and platinum sponsor, is seeking contributions from individuals and corporations and will match donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $100,000. Airlink is currently working with more than 20 relief organizations for airlift and logistics needs, delivering critical aid and responders to those affected by the ongoing war. John Mowry, co-founder and Managing Director in Alton’s New York office, says: “Social responsibility has been core to our business values since the founding of Alton, and we are proud...

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08 Feb 22

Alton Aviation Consultancy opens new office in the Middle East

DUBAI (FEBRUARY 8, 2022) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is expanding its footprint with a new office in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The move will allow Alton to deepen its existing client relationships with airports, airlines, aviation authorities and other service providers in the Middle East, offering responsive in-region support to address their most pressing challenges – strategic, operational, or financial. Spearheading the new office is Managing Director Raffi Kasparian, who brings more than 20 years of experience in international management consulting, transport, logistics and infrastructure to his role. Adam Cowburn, co-founder and Managing Director at Alton, says: “We’re excited to be starting a new chapter in the Middle East, allowing...

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26 Jan 22

Alton well-positioned for continued growth in 2022

NEW YORK (JANUARY 26, 2022.) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the specialist global aviation advisory firm, is well-positioned for continued growth in 2022, building upon a highly successful 2021. In 2021, Alton continued to support its clients in navigating the Covid-19 pandemic amid prolonged uncertainty. Demand for Alton’s advisory services continued to grow across all segments of the aviation value chain that the firm consults in, including restructuring, fleet planning, aviation finance, business & general aviation, air cargo, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul. The firm successfully completed over 90 engagements during the year, many for repeat clients across both operating businesses and equity and debt investors. Selected highlights from 2021 include: Continued growth of its advisory team,...

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12 Oct 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy appoints global Airline Practice Lead

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 12, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce the appointment of Umang Gupta as global airline practice lead. Gupta brings 20 years’ experience in airline strategy and revenue growth, having held leadership positions at United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and Sabre. His expertise extends across revenue management and pricing, planning, sales and distribution, marketing, brand management, advertising, non-airline partnerships, ancillary products, alliances and joint ventures, customer service, experience and loyalty. John Mowry, managing director, says: “Umang’s track record in driving strategic growth and performance improvement across a wide range of carriers speaks for itself. We are delighted to welcome him to the team as an invaluable asset to our airline...

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03 Aug 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy advises KKR on Atlantic Aviation acquisition

NEW YORK (AUGUST 3, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to have acted as the lead commercial due diligence advisor for KKR, a leading global investment firm, on its acquisition of Atlantic Aviation from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC). Atlantic Aviation operates one of the largest networks of fixed base operations (FBOs) in the United States, providing a full suite of services to the private aviation sector. A definitive agreement for MIC to sell Atlantic Aviation to KKR for US$4.475 billion was agreed in June 2021. Adam Cowburn, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy, says: “We are proud to support KKR in this investment. In our role as lead commercial due diligence advisor for KKR, Alton...

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08 Jul 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy Promotes Adam Guthorn to Managing Director

NEW YORK (JULY 8, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is pleased to announce a further expansion of its senior ranks with Adam Guthorn’s promotion to Managing Director. Based in Alton’s New York City office, Guthorn’s areas of subject matter expertise extend across multiple domains of the aviation and aerospace value chain including MRO and aftermarket, aerospace supply chain, aviation finance, and business and general aviation. Guthorn’s functional expertise includes quantitative analysis and modelling of market demand, financial and operational performance benchmarking, asset valuations, and M&A transaction support. Managing Director John Mowry says: “Adam’s contributions to the continued growth and success of the firm have been vast and immeasurable. Alton’s clients clearly recognize and value the expertise...

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06 Jul 21

Alton Aviation Consultancy Recognized by Airfinance Journal for Commercial Aviation 2020 M&A Deal of the Year

NEW YORK (JULY 5, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is pleased to have contributed to Bain Capital’s successful acquisition of Virgin Australia, recognized as the ‘2020 M&A Deal of the Year’ by Airfinance Journal. The $A3.5bn deal (as reported in Australian media) was completed in an expedited timeframe, with the airline emerging from administration in just seven months. Leah Ryan, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy noted: “Virgin Australia was one of the Asia-Pacific region’s first high-profile casualties following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the corporate rescue of the airline was one of the most high-profile and complex deals of the last decade.” Virgin Australia was the first major...

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11 Feb 21

India Outlook 2021 -- An Executive Spotlight with Sanjiv Kapoor

NEW YORK (February 11, 2021) -- Based in New Delhi, India, Alton Aviation Consultancy senior advisor Sanjiv Kapoor discusses airline recovery strategies, the market outlook for India, and the year ahead. Download Executive Spotlight With over 20 years’ experience in the airline industry, Sanjiv has worked with carriers in Asia, Europe, and the US as part of management, as a management consultant, and as an investment advisor in the aviation space. A native of Kolkata (Calcutta), India, Sanjiv received his BA from Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science and Government, and his MBA from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania). Sanjiv started his aviation career in the US at Northwest Airlines in 1997, working within the finance, planning...

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19 Jan 21

Alton enters 2021 well-positioned for continued growth

NEW YORK (JANUARY 19, 2021) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy, the global aviation advisory firm, is entering 2021 with strong momentum despite the challenging business environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Amidst the market dislocation, clients have increasingly sought out the expertise of Alton’s professionals who bring decades of experience across multiple industry up- and down-cycles. Alton saw accelerated demand for strategic, operational, and financial advisory support from the world’s leading airlines, aircraft lessors and lenders, MRO and aftermarket providers – and investors in all these businesses. The firm completed more than 100 engagements over the past twelve months. Selected highlights from 2020 include: Alton continued to grow its advisory team, on-boarding seven new team members Engaged...

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