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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 and insight that Adam brings to his advisory engagements. In addition, Adam?s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders at Alton will be critical to maintaining our deep bench of talent for years to come.? After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Guthorn joined the aviation consulting firm SH&E as an analyst in its Financial & Technical Services and Aerospace & MRO advisory group where he held positions of increasing responsibility before joining Alton in 2017 as a founding partner and Director. ENDS For further press information, and interview requests: Chiara Lawrance / Ali Gibson 8020 Communications T: +44 (0)20 7664 6310 E: alton@8020comms.com About Alton Aviation Consultancy Alton Aviation Consultancy is a global advisory firm serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The firm was...

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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 airline to restructure its financings and operating leases amidst the complex market conditions caused by Covid-19. The revised leasing and financing terms agreed were amongst the first significant set of permanent terms agreed globally between an airline and its leasing and financing counterparties post-pandemic. John Mowry, managing director with Alton Aviation Consultancy, adds: ?We?re pleased to have had the opportunity to support Bain Capital, and for Airfinance Journal to have recognized Bain Capital?s investment along with the work of Alton Aviation Consultancy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Korda Mentha and other professional advisors that contributed to the transaction.? The Deal of the Year Awards are held annually by Airfinance Journal and celebrate the most innovative transactions, teams, and individuals in aviation finance. Alton Aviation Consultancy and Herbert Smith Freehills, in conjunction with other advisers, advised Bain...

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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 and procurement divisions. Thereafter, he held senior roles at Bain and Company ? in Singapore, and subsequently in Dallas and London ? as a leader in its airline practice, prior to returning to the airline business in 2010. Sanjiv?s most recent airline management role was Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer of Vistara (Tata ? Singapore Airlines) from 2016 through the end of 2019, following his role as the Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet, India?s #2 low cost carrier, during its turnaround in 2014-2015. 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,...

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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 as the lead fleet planning and restructuring advisor for a major Asia-Pacific airline as it successfully emerged from administration Served as the lead airline industry advisor to the unsecured credit committee (UCC) for one of the largest airline bankruptcies in Latin America Served as lead strategic advisor to Monocle Acquisition Corporation on its business combination with AerSale Served as strategic advisor to a major industrial player on eVTOL product development and urban air mobility strategies Published numerous articles and white papers including ?Covid-19: Implications for the commercial aviation industry?, providing insight and a list of mitigating strategies to help the entire aviation value chain prioritize resources and manage risk Celebrated Alton engagement manager Jian Zhu, who became the first female in Asia to earn the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Certified Appraiser...

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01 Dec 20

Alton reaffirms commitment to Pledge 1% this Giving Tuesday

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 1, 2020) -- Alton Aviation Consultancy is proud to continue its support of Pledge 1% on this Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Pledge 1% is a global philanthropic movement that encourages companies and individuals to give 1% of equity, product or employee time for their communities. Alton?s largest charity beneficiary is Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization. In 2020, Alton?s donations to Airlink have directly supported non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to transport 487,490 lbs of cargo and 522 aid workers and volunteers to 19 different emergencies worldwide, including the Beirut explosion and Hurricanes Eta, Laura, and Sally. John Mowry managing director in Alton?s New York office, says: ?Social responsibility has been core to our business values since the founding of Alton. In 2017, we were the first aviation and aerospace company to join Pledge 1%, and today, despite these unprecedented times, it is important to us that we follow through on this commitment. ?We are delighted to see how our efforts support Airlink in its valuable work responding to crises worldwide.? Airlink has significantly supported COVID-19 relief efforts, and in April 2020 launched the Aviation C.A.R.E.S campaign (Co-ordinated Air Response for Emergency Supplies) to provide a sustainable pipeline of airlift for relief organizations working to help communities affected by the pandemic. Nearly 8,000,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment have been delivered to hospitals on the front lines of the virus response. The charity has also helped NGOs move more than 400,000 lbs of cargo, including sanitization...

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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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  • 24 Aug 21   2021 ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference

    Jonathan Berger, Managing Director at Alton Aviation Consultancy, has been invited to moderate an expert panel discussion at the annual ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference which is being held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from August 22-24. The ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference is the premier annual maintenance and technical purchasing conference in Latin America. […]

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  • 26 Aug 21   2021 ISTAT Latin America

    Alton Aviation Consultancy?s Managing Director Leah Ryan will be delivering the morning keynote presentation at the upcoming ISTAT Latin America Conference, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, on August 25-26, 2021. Leah brings two decades of global risk management and aviation finance experience to Alton with specialities in the aircraft leasing and lending […]

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