Kahala Aviation Group is a global aviation company engaged in acquiring, leasing and trading used commercial aircraft.
Our strategy is centered around owning and leasing mid-to-end of life aircraft, and while our focus has been primarily on narrow-body aircraft, previous acquisitions have ranged from 777-200ERs to 50 seat turboprops. Our lessees have ranged from major carriers such as Air Canada, Delta and Korean Airlines to smaller operators in emerging markets such as Belarus, Cambodia, and Kenya. Additionally, we are one of the world’s leading lessors of narrow-body freighter aircraft and offer structured financials solutions as well as aircraft management services.
Our team has over 100 years of combined experience and has been working together since 2004. We have deep expertise in both the passenger and cargo sectors and have acquired more than 100 aircraft with a total asset value approaching $1 billion in addition to trading aircraft mortgage securities and loans. With offices in Dublin, New York and Tokyo, we have all the in-house capabilities to technically manage and remarket any aircraft type in any location globally.
Having made over 100 acquisitions since inception, Kahala Aviation has a strong track record of closing transactions globally.
Committed equity capital to facilitate a smooth closing process
History of acquiring aircraft both on and off lease as well as forward purchases
Technical capabilities to transition aircraft
Leading player in the narrow body freighter conversion market with extensive experience of acquiring and converting used aircraft
With a global network spanning both major airlines and smaller operators in emerging markets, we have the full capability to remarket wide and narrow-body aircraft, regional jets, and large turbo prop aircraft.
Expertise remarketing aircraft in a variety of jurisdictions
Capability to manage transitions with a customer focus
Kahala Aviation is a full service asset management company with the technical and market expertise to see aircraft investments through their full lifecycle.
Focus on mid-to-end of life aircraft with specific expertise in maximizing value through lease extensions, remarketing, partout and conversions
Significant experience in lesser known jurisdictions
Pioneered the narrow-body Boeing Classic freighter conversion strategy
o Full technical management of the conversion process in order to control costs for maximum returns
o Deals done on a speculative basis with positive outcomes – all freighters placed on lease at or near conversion completion
o All conversions have finished on-time and on-budget
o Successful Partnerships with PEMCO and AEI
With longstanding relationships in the financial community we offer innovative financing alternatives to the aviation industry
• Acquired the E-Note in the Diamond Head Aviation ABS transaction
o 30 aircraft portfolio financed by $260 million of investment grade bonds (S&P/Kroll)
o Diamond Head represented an industry first with respect to allowing the E-Note holder substantial decision making authority regarding the portfolio
• Special situations investor historically active in the EETC market and as a first lien direct lender during periods of market dislocation