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Aircraft financing – the next big hurdle: Chris Tarry

(Singapore:

09 November 2006) Speaking at Outlook 2007, aviation finance analyst Chris Tarry outlined one of the bigger obstacles soon to confront airline managers: the availability of aircraft finance. The airline industry’s low returns on equity will push capital to more profitable arenas. “A rendez-vous with reality”, is imminent, he warned, adding that, “future financing will be an issue.”

Outlook 2006

A longstanding leading City airline analyst and current principal of transport strategy consultancy CTAIRA, Mr Tarry advised that the current airline sector cycle shows signs of peaking in 2007/2008, with a consequence that affordable capital will become scarce for airlines whose fundamentals are not solid. With the industry as a whole likely to post operating returns of just 3% at the peak of the current cycle, “investors will find places to put their money offering better returns with less risk,” he said.

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