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Feb 28, 2017
Novus Aviation Capital announces new strategic appointments to support business operations and growth

Matt Lancaster joins as VP – Legal while Andy Jennings takes over as VP – Technical


Novus Aviation Capital has increased its senior management team with the appointment of Matt Lancaster as Vice President - Legal, and Andy Jennings as Vice President - Technical.

Matt Lancaster has joined the firm to enhance the legal team and help Novus better cope with the development of its business activities and aircraft portfolio. Matt has over 14 years of legal experience, including over a decade at Clifford Chance; he has also served as in-house counsel at Rolls-Royce.

Meanwhile, Andy Jennings has started his new role with Novus in January 2017 and will supplement the existing technical team out of the Dubai office. Andy has over 15 years of technical experience and has previously worked with leading manufacturers, airlines and lessors.

“We are delighted to have Matt and Andy join the Novus team. The wealth of knowledge and expertise they bring will no doubt boost our capabilities and help us better serve our customers worldwide including airlines, banks, investors and other key stakeholders of our business,” said Safwan Kuzbari, CEO of Novus Aviation Capital. “Novus is committed to providing best-in-class services to its customers, and having the right team to develop our plans is of paramount importance. I am confident that both Matt and Andy will greatly enrich our team’s capabilities and play a key role in providing and implementing high-quality solutions for our clients,” he added.

Novus further announced that the role of Marie Gauchenot, formerly Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will meanwhile evolve to a senior advisory one within the group and will include work on select strategic initiatives. “The Novus Board of Directors joins me in expressing our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Marie for her contribution and commitment to the organization since its inception. Marie will continue supporting the Novus group with several key initiatives, and we are delighted to continue benefiting from her extensive experience” Kuzbari said.


About Novus Aviation Capital:

Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Jan 16, 2017
Novus’ TAF finances three A321-200s for Avation PLC delivered to VietJet

Tamweel Aviation Finance (TAF) has closed the financing of the third of a three-A321-200 new aircraft facility for Avation PLC (AVAP.LN), the London LSE listed and Singapore based lessor. All three aircraft are on long-term operating leases with fast-growing Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet Air.


TAF is the finance leasing platform managed by Novus Aviation Capital (Novus) which brings together a partnership of Airbus SAS (Airbus), the Development Bank of Japan Inc (DBJ) and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB) to provide attractive high LTV mezzanine financing to the world's airlines and lessors for Airbus products. Having just completed three years of successful operation, TAF has grown to a portfolio size of more than US$1 billion of assets by market value.


“We are very pleased to add Avation to the growing list of customers of Novus dedicated financing platform,” said Mounir Kuzbari, Managing Director at Novus.


"A key driver of Avation's profitability is the overall cost of finance and the amount of leverage. TAF's mezzanine facilities are a useful leverage tool for transactions of this nature," said Jeff Chatfield, Executive Chairman at Avation PLC.



About Novus Aviation Capital:

Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.


About Avation PLC (AVAP.LN):

More information on Avation can be seen at: www.avation.net

Avation PLC is a commercial passenger aircraft leasing company owning and managing a fleet of jet and turbo prop aircraft which it leases to airlines across the world. The Company’s customers include Vietjet Air, Thomas Cook, Air France, Condor Flugdienst, Air Berlin, Virgin Australia Airlines, Fiji Airways and UNI Air.

 

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Jan 12, 2017
Novus to Sponsor and Speak at 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference Dublin 2017

Novus Aviation will be a sponsor at the 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference Dublin 2017, which will take place from 17 to 19 January. Mamoun Kuzbari, Managing Director, and Wesley Pollard, Vice President - Research and Risk, will participate as speakers in the airline economics panel.


About Novus Aviation Capital:

Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Nov 16, 2016
Aviation 100 Asia-Pacific awards the Ortus Aircraft Leasing Fund with Asia-Pacific Equity Deal of the Year

At this year’s Aviation 100 Asia-Pacific Awards 2016 gala dinner held during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference in Hong Kong, the ‘Asia-Pacific Equity Deal of the Year’ was awarded to “Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Novus Aviation Capital for the Ortus Aircraft Leasing Fund”. 

Novus Aviation Capital (“Novus”) is co-sponsor in Ortus and will provide its aircraft lease management services to the fund through its global platform, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (“SuMi TRUST Bank”) is the co-sponsor, and a Limited Partner of the Fund. Ortus is designed to capture the demand from Japanese institutional investors and will consist of a portfolio of global airlines and commercial aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus. 

The award is in recognition of this pioneering sponsorship of an equity operating lease investment fund by a Japanese financial institution in the aircraft leasing industry and Novus’ continuous innovative initiatives in the aviation industry. 

“We are happy to be recognized by our aviation industry peers, and receiving this award alongside Novus gives us more incentive to further our continuous efforts to bring new, attractive and proven investment opportunities to our clients,” stated Mitsuru (Brian) Koguchi, Associate General Manager of SuMi TRUST Bank’s Structured Finance Department. 

“The award is a testament to the hard work by both SuMi TRUST Bank and Novus in launching this pioneering fund, which has already transacted on deals just a few months after its inception,” said Hani Kuzbari, Managing Director of Novus Aviation Capital. “Novus looks forward to a stronger relationship with SuMi TRUST Bank and creating more innovative investment opportunities for SuMi TRUST Bank and Japanese investors.” 

About Novus Aviation Capital: 
Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Nov 06, 2016
Tamweel/Novus Finances A320s for Virgin America

Tamweel Aviation Finance, the partnership fund of Novus, Airbus, DBJ and NordLB managed by Novus, is delighted to confirm the closing of its first single-aisle transaction with Virgin America covering three new A320 aircraft due for delivery in the first half of 2016. Mounir Kuzbari, Managing Director of Novus commented; “We are particularly pleased to have secured this financing with Virgin America as it clearly demonstrates the broad appeal of the Tamweel finance lease product which has now been utilized by first-tier airlines on the widest range of Airbus aircraft from the A320 family to the A380”. According to Anthony Mosse, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Virgin America,  "we are excited by this new partnership with Tamweel, which is an important part of the financing commitments obtained by Virgin America for our 10 new A320 aircraft that are being delivered between mid-2015 and mid-2016."

About Novus Aviation Capital:
Novus Aviation Capital is an independent privately held aircraft leasing and financing platform focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 20 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its four global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Novus currently co-owns and manages aircraft related investments in excess of $2bn. Novus offers airlines and aircraft owners comprehensive aircraft funding solutions and provides tailor-made investment products to investors. Novus’s aircraft portfolio includes A321/A330/A340/A380s as well as B737-800 and B747/B777s.

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Nov 03, 2016
Novus to Sponsor and Speak at the Airline Economics and the 16th Annual Asia Pacific Airline Conferences in Hong Kong

Hani Kuzbari and Mounir Kuzbari, Managing Directors at Novus, will participate as panel speakers at the Airline Economics Conference which will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong from the 2nd until the 4th of November. Hani will be a speaker on operating leases in the lessor panel, while Mounir will be discussing financing strategies in the financing panel. Moreover, Hani will participate as a speaker in the 16th Annual Asia Pacific Airline Conference to be held on the 4th and 5th of November at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong. Novus will be a sponsor in both conferences. 

About Novus Aviation Capital:
Novus Aviation Capital is an independent privately held aircraft leasing and financing platform focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 20 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its four global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Novus currently co-owns and manages aircraft related investments in excess of $2bn. Novus offers airlines and aircraft owners comprehensive aircraft funding solutions and provides tailor-made investment products to investors. Novus’s aircraft portfolio includes A321/A330/A340/A380s as well as B737-800 and B747/B777s.

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Oct 27, 2016
Novus to speak at Hong Kong conferences

Hani Kuzbari, Managing Director at Novus Aviation, will be a speaker at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference, taking place on 3 November 2016 in Hong Kong. Hani will also participate in a panel on leasing jurisdictions at the 17th Annual Asia Pacific Airfinance conference, which will take place on 2 November 2016 in Hong Kong. 


About Novus Aviation Capital:
Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Oct 04, 2016
Novus speaks at Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2016

Hani Kuzbari, Managing Director at Novus Aviation, was a speaker at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2016, which was held at the Ritz Carlton Dubai Beach Hotel on the 3rd and 4th of October 2016. Hani participated in a panel on aircraft leasing in the Middle East.

About Novus Aviation Capital: 
Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Oct 03, 2016
Novus Aviation Capital closes purchase and leaseback transaction with Emirates Airline for an additional Boeing B777-300ER

Novus Aviation Capital has successfully closed the purchase and leaseback for one additional brand new Boeing B777-300ER with Emirates Airline (msn 42337). The aircraft was delivered to Emirates on September 23, 2016 and will be on a long-term lease. This would be the fourth B777-300ER transaction completed by Novus with Emirates this calendar year. This would also be Emirates’ 122nd B777-300ER. 

“Emirates continues to be an important customer for Novus, and this fourth additional B777 acquisition this year, is a testimony of our continued support to the airline,” said Hani Kuzbari, Managing Director at Novus. “With the uninterrupted growth plans of Emirates, we will always look at innovative and competitive leasing and financing solutions that will benefit the airline,” he added. 

Nirmal Govindadas, Senior Vice-President Corporate Treasury for Emirates, said: “Our financial strength and solid track record continue to enable us to secure funding in the global market to invest in new aircraft and expand our wide-body portfolio. We are pleased to finalize this transaction, and we will continue to look for innovative financing opportunities to support our growing fleet.” 

Novus has so far completed sale and leaseback and financing transactions worth close to USD 1 billion this year on both single and twin-aisle aircraft operated by airlines in the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. 

About Novus Aviation Capital: 
Novus is an independent, privately-held aircraft leasing platform, focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 22 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its five global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The company currently co-owns and manages aircraft-related projects worth about USD 3 billion.

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Oct 02, 2016
Novus to Speak at 13th Annual Middle East & Africa Airfinance Conference

Hani Kuzbari - Managing Director, and Wesley Pollard - Vice President at Novus, will participate as panel speakers at the 13th Annual Middle East & Africa Airfinance Conference, to be held on the 13th & 14th of October 2015. Hani will be a speaker in a lessor panel discussing the leasing industry, while Wesley will be a speaker on equity valuation in the capital markets and opportunities in the Middle East.

About Novus Aviation Capital:
Novus Aviation Capital is an independent privately held aircraft leasing and financing platform focused on investing in commercial aircraft assets. Established over 20 years ago, the Novus team operates out of its four global offices in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Novus currently co-owns and manages aircraft related investments in excess of $2bn. Novus offers airlines and aircraft owners comprehensive aircraft funding solutions and provides tailor-made investment products to investors. Novus’s aircraft portfolio includes A321/A330/A340/A380s as well as B737-800 and B747/B777s. 

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