ORIX Aviation’s Chief Financial Officer and ALI Chair Marie-Louise Kelly is named Sustainability Leader 2023

ORIX Aviation are delighted to announce that our Chief Financial Officer and ALI Chair, Marie-Louise Kelly was named Sustainability Leader 2023 at this year’s Aviation News Airline Economics Sustainability Awards.

The awards celebrate the advancement in aviation sustainability and Marie-Louise was recognised for her leadership in driving the decarbonisation agenda in the aircraft leasing sector through ALI initiatives such as the first-ever Global Aviation Sustainability Day and the launch of the ALI Sustainability Charter.

Accepting the award, Marie-Louise said, “The signing of the ALI Charter saw the Irish aviation leasing community come together as one, committing to ten ESG principles. ALI were proud to deliver this Charter, consulting with our members to ensure we could all support the drive for sustainability in our sector. So many people worked so hard to make the ALI Charter happen, particularly our ALI volunteer team, I was honoured to accept the award on their behalf.”

ORIX Aviation announces the successful closing of its first Lessor JOLCO to Avolon

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited (“ORIX Aviation”) is pleased to announce the successful closing of a Japanese Operating Lease with a Call Option (JOLCO) transaction with Avolon, supported by MUFG acting as lender.

James Meyler, ORIX Aviation’s CEO, remarked: “We are delighted to confirm the closing of our first Lessor JOLCO to Avolon. This transaction is a testament to ORIX Aviation’s strong reputation within the JOL/JOLCO market and further demonstrates our close working relationship with Avolon.”

Andy Cronin, Avolon CEO commented; “Avolon is excited to partner with ORIX on this, our first JOLCO operating lease financing. This transaction demonstrates our commitment to access capital from a wide pool of funding sources and allowed us to leverage ORIX Aviation’s deep investor network within Japan to create a beneficial outcome for both parties.”

Olivier Trauchessec, Head of Global Aviation, MUFG commented; “MUFG is extremely pleased to have partnered with ORIX Aviation and Avolon, acting as Mandated Lead Arranger on this milestone transaction between two successful lessors”

ORIX Aviation announces the successful acquisition of the remaining 50% of a Joint Venture from Merx Aviation

ORIX Aviation is pleased to confirm the 100% acquisition of an aircraft portfolio, consisting of 14 narrowbody aircraft with 10 lessees across multiple continents, from Merx Aviation. The aircraft were previously held in a joint venture between ORIX Aviation and Merx Aviation, which commenced in 2017 with 35 aircraft valued at $1bn. After trading activity, the portfolio currently consists of 14 narrow body aircraft valued at over $300 million.

Commenting on the transaction, James Meyler, Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Aviation, said:

“We are delighted to have taken this opportunity to acquire the remaining 50% of an attractive aircraft portfolio. Our current business plan outlines that ORIX Aviation has committed to invest up to €2bn in aircraft assets across the next 12 months, of which over $1bn has already been contracted to close during the remainder of 2023. The transaction we announce today further underlines our intention to continue to grow the ORIX Aviation platform.”

ORIX Aviation announces the appointment of Dean N. Gerber as Advisor to the Board of Directors of ORIX Aviation

ORIX Aviation today announces the appointment of Dean N. Gerber as Advisor to the Board of Directors of ORIX Aviation. Primarily based in the US, Mr. Gerber will work with the senior management team at ORIX Aviation across a broad range of commercial activities. Mr. Gerber previously served as General Counsel to ORIX Aviation from 2019 to 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Gerber was the Chair of the Global Transportation Finance team at Vedder Price. He currently serves as Board President of the International Society for Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT).

Commenting on the announcement, James Meyler, Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Aviation said;
“We are delighted to welcome Dean Gerber back to ORIX Aviation as an advisor to our Board. I feel certain that Dean’s vast industry experience, along with his working knowledge of ORIX Aviation, will prove invaluable to our Board and senior management as we continue to grow the ORIX Aviation platform.”

Dean Gerber commented;
“I am thrilled to be re-joining my ORIX Aviation colleagues in this advisory capacity and look forward to working closely again with James and all the team in a wide array of commercial matters. The continued recovery across aviation has presented us with both challenges and as well as significant opportunities. As a leading global lessor, ORIX Aviation has an ambitious growth strategy and is well positioned for success in this market environment, and I am most eager to assist ORIX with these endeavours.”

ORIX Aviation partners with Avolon and Global Aviation Leaders to launch Sustainable Aviation Fuel Feasibility Study in Ireland

  • Avolon, Boeing, ORIX Aviation, SFS Ireland and SkyNRG to assess opportunities for SAF production in Ireland

  • Growth in renewable energy makes Ireland a potential location for SAF production

  • SAF can cut sector emissions up to 80% and offer the largest potential to reduce carbon emissions over the next 20 to 30 years in all aviation segments.

Dublin, 10 November 2022: Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces a collaboration with Boeing, ORIX Aviation, SFS Ireland and SkyNRG, to conduct a feasibility study into the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in Ireland. This partnership reflects Avolon and its partners’ commitment to taking a leading role in helping develop future technologies that reduce the aviation sector’s carbon footprint.

The study is being led by SFS Ireland and SkyNRG with the goal of identifying market level opportunities for an investable commercial-scale SAF production facility in Ireland. The study will be completed in 2023.

The planned growth of renewable energy sources in country makes Ireland a potential location for SAF production. As a global leader in aviation finance and airline operations, Ireland is home to key stakeholders in aviation’s decarbonization journey.

SAF is a commercially used fuel that reduces lifecycle emissions by up to 80%, creating the opportunity to significantly lower aviation’s reliance on fossil fuels, as well as its overall emissions. IATA, the trade association of the world’s airlines, sees SAF playing a key role in helping aviation reach its net zero target by 2050 – a target that has been set by its member airlines – contributing to c.65% of the reduction in emissions needed.

Andy Cronin, Avolon CEO commented: “It’s imperative that the aviation sector delivers on its promise to invest in innovation to reduce its carbon footprint. We are delighted to be partnering with a team of global experts that have a shared ambition of being at the forefront of sustainable innovation that will reshape the future of aviation. The path to net zero requires a combination of new technology aircraft and large-scale deployment of SAF, and this project will help deliver sustainable solutions to accelerate decarbonization.”

Sheila Remes, Boeing Vice President, Environmental Engagement and Business Development commented: “We will need a massive increase in the amount of SAF if we are to reach our industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Scaling SAF is paramount. Ireland’s growth in renewable energy makes it a prime location for SAF production with zero climate impact. Global partnerships like this enable us all to advocate for and scale SAF supply.”

James Meyler, ORIX Aviation CEO commented: “We are delighted to be a part of this project which we see as being an important step in the roadmap to decarbonising aviation. We are looking forward to bringing value to this partnership of global experts by leveraging the ORIX Group’s expertise. Further development and large scale commercialisation of SAF is a critical milestone for the industry to reach together and this project will help deliver on that.”

Darren Carty, SFS Ireland commented: “Aviation has a rich history in Ireland, embedded in over 50 years of innovation and leadership. As pilots, we understand and acknowledge the importance of delivering SAF to the market and see the Irish aviation industry as a central player in the mission to decarbonise air transport globally. We are proud to be a part of this exciting new team, forging a path toward a cleaner, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Philippe Lacamp, SkyNRG CEO commented: “The aviation industry will rely on a number of pathways to meet its net-zero 2050 targets and collaboration with global experts to help drive innovation in SAF is key to being successful. We are proud to be working with Avolon, Boeing, ORIX Aviation, and SFS Ireland on this feasibility study. Each new SAF research project brings us one step closer to identifying what production pathways and sustainable feedstocks are available and helping evaluate how best to assist the aviation industry in meeting mandated targets. The outcome of this study will be of great value to Ireland’s aviation sustainability journey.”



About Avolon

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Avolon provides aircraft leasing and lease management services. Avolon is 70% owned by an indirect subsidiary of Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd., a public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SLE: 000415) and 30% owned by ORIX Aviation Systems, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation which is listed on the Tokyo and New York Stock Exchanges (TSE: 8591; NYSE: IX). Avolon is a global leader in aircraft leasing with an owned, managed and committed fleet, as of 30 September 2022 of 833 aircraft. Learn more at www.avolon.aero

About Boeing

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defence products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability, and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality, and integrity. Learn more at www.boeing.com

About SFS Ireland

SFS Ireland’s mission is to help bring a level of sustainability to Ireland’s aviation industry that will meet the urgent climate goals of the European Union and provide a pathway to net-zero emissions before 2050. Established in 2020 by two airline pilots, the company is partnered in this project with leading corporates in the aviation industry, connecting them to the Irish renewable energy and circular bio-economy sectors. With expertise in engineering, business management and operations, the company is well-positioned to facilitate the development of a path to decarbonise the aviation industry here in Ireland.

About SkyNRG

Since 2009, SkyNRG has been building up SAF capacity and production for the industry to meet its 2050 net zero commitment. SkyNRG has supplied SAF to over 40 airlines across the world and is now developing dedicated SAF production facilities to support the transition from fossil jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel.
SkyNRG does not compromise when it comes to sustainability; we are a globally recognized Certified B Corp™, our operations are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and we are advised by an independent Sustainability Board, as well as a worldwide NGO network to ensure we make the right sustainability decisions across all of our operations. Learn more at www.skynrg.com

ORIX Aviation manages aircraft acquisition from Novus Aviation Capital

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited (“ORIX Aviation”) today announced it has managed the acquisition of a Boeing 777-300 on lease to British Airways from Novus Aviation Capital, a global leading aircraft platform.

Commenting on the transaction, James Meyler, Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Aviation, said “We are delighted to successfully manage the acquisition of this aircraft, yet another example of ORIX delivering for its investors. This transaction also deepens our relationships with long-standing customers of ORIX Aviation, Novus and British Airways, where the aircraft will remain on lease.”

Mamoun Kuzbari, Chief Commercial Officer at Novus Aviation Capital, said: “Novus is delighted to have completed this transaction with ORIX Aviation and extend our long-standing relationship with ORIX. We are seeing the trading market return following the ease of travel restrictions as the aviation market continues to prove its long-term resilience and promise for investors looking to diversify their assets. The appetite for widebody aircraft is returning especially for long term leases with strong credits. The 777-300ER remains a strong asset given its longevity with multiple cargo conversation programmes in the market.”

S&P Global affirm Strong Aircraft Servicer Ranking and Stable Outlook for ORIX Aviation

ORIX Aviation announce that S&P Global Ratings have affirmed our Strong overall ranking on ORIX Aviation Systems Ltd as an aircraft servicer in Ireland, the ranking outlook is stable.

According to S&P Global’s report, the Strong Aircraft Servicer Ranking for ORIX Aviation reflected the company’s solid track record of lease management, its experienced leadership team and ORIX Aviation’s delivery of key metrics on credit risk management throughout the recent pandemic.

ORIX Aviation CEO James Meyler commented; “We are pleased that S&P Global have reaffirmed our Strong Ranking, the highest ranking available, accompanied by a Stable Outlook. Coming as it does almost three years since our last ratings report, this affirmation endorses many of the actions we have taken to meet the difficult challenges brought by the pandemic. As the demand for global air travel rebounds, I remain confident that ORIX Aviation is well placed to benefit from the sector’s recovery.”

Ruth Kavanagh and Cian Coakley included on Airline Economics Forty under 40 list for 2022

ORIX Aviation are proud to congratulate our Airline Economics Forty Under 40 honourees for the Class of 2022, Head of Corporate Planning and Investment Ruth Kavanagh and Director, Commercial Cian Coakley.

The Airline Economics Forty under 40 list for 2022 has been compiled from a record amount of nominations and endorsements, many from senior members of the broad aviation community.

Both Ruth and Cian were recognised by ORIX customers who highlighted the value and support they have brought to relationships, particularly throughout the recent pandemic, which challenged our industry like never before.

In nominating Ruth Kavanagh for inclusion in the Forty Under 40, her clients praise her professional acumen, deep understanding and attention to detail. Cian Coakley’s nominees stressed his relationship with clients; “What sets Cian apart from his peers is his willingness is that he understands the importance of the relationship – not just the business,” noted one customer.

A traditional element of the Airline Economics Forty under 40 sees recipients nominate mentors who have helped guide their careers in aviation. This year ORIX Aviation CEO James Meyler, Chief Financial Officer Marie-Louise Kelly and Chief Commercial Officer Paul O’Dwyer have been recognised for the support they have given to Ruth and Cian.

ORIX CEO James Meyer commented; “We are delighted that Ruth and Cian have been recognised as part of the prestigious Airline Economics Forty Under 40 Class of 2022. This honour is a strong endorsement of their leadership within the ORIX Aviation team. I am pleased too that their hard work is being recognised by the customers who have nominated them for Forty Under 40, thus highlighting the strength of our relationships with our customers, relationships that have only deepened through the pandemic.

You can read the full list of Airline Economics Forty Under 40 honourees and their citations here (AE68)

ORIX Aviation completes the transition and delivery of the first of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft to LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

ORIX Aviation is pleased to announce the successful delivery of the first of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft on lease to LATAM Airlines Group S.A., on behalf of the secured financiers of the aircraft. The aircraft, manufactured in 2018 and 2019, are equipped with Trent 1000 engines and were previously on lease to Norwegian Air Shuttle. James Meyler, ORIX Aviation’s CEO, remarked: “We are delighted to complete the first of these two Boeing 787-9 deliveries and to further build upon our long-lasting relationship with the LATAM Airlines Group. The placement of these aircraft serves as evidence of the continued recovery and resilience of the aviation market, and has also allowed ORIX Aviation to further demonstrate our best-in-class asset management and remarketing capabilities to the industry.”