In London, almost 200 delegates heard speakers on various topics at the first International Corporate Jet and Helicopter Finance Conference.
The first day of the conference had a keynote speech by Luis Pinto CFO of NetJets Europe followed by Eddy Pieniazek, global head of consultancy at Ascend who talked about where we are in the business jet cycle.
Then Kirsten Bartok of Hawker Beechcraft talked on the ups and downs of business jets as assets.
David McRobert of Premiair and Giorgio Bendoni of Sloane Helicopters continued with a discussion on the outlook for the helicopter market.
Zhangbo Bo vice president of Minsheng Financial Leasing described what exactly his company did and on how they are financing the Chinese growth in aviation. This session was supported by Johnny Lau head of aviation at ICBC and Donal Boylan of Odyssey Aviation.
After lunch Aoife O’Sullivan of Gates and Partners talked about solving some problems when financing aircraft in the Middle East and Asia.
Mark Bisset of Clyde & Co and Michael Rentsch of Credit Suisse presented their opinions on the situation in Russia and CIS in respect of growth.
After a tea break there was a panel moderated by Joe DiLailo of GetJets Services. Sitting on the panel were Kirsten Bartok of Hawker Beechcraft, Sergio Guedes of Embraer, Trevor Esling of Cessna, Marc Meloche of Bombardier and Alex Pittard of Dassault were all asked on how manufacturers see the financial markets.
The final panel was moderated by Brendan Lodge of JetBrokers Europe with panel members from finance, Toennies von Limburg of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Michael Rentsch of Credit Suisse, Jim Crowley of Guggenheim Aero Capital and Paul Walsingham of SG Equipment Finance were all asked on how easy will it be to find finance in 2011.
After this the first day was closed with a few remarks from Alasdair Whyte then delegates were invited to an evening cocktail reception.