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

20 May 20

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 Administration and BA in Mathematics from the University of Richmond, and her MSc in Operations Research from Columbia University.


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. The firm offers full value chain coverage, with clients including airlines, manufacturers, MRO and aftermarket service providers, lessors and the broader financial and investment community.

With offices in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore, Alton’s diverse team of professional advisors bring a global perspective with deep regional expertise across the entire aviation value chain to its client engagements. Typical client engagements include strategy and business plan development, operational performance improvement, and transaction support.