Boeing, Qatar First Investment Bank highlight aircraft investment opportunities at inaugural Qatar Round Table
“The Middle East was the only part of the world to see air passenger growth during the current downturn. This is a positive sign of industry health which, when combined with reduced competition in the financing marketplace because of current market conditions, creates great opportunities for people with capital who are willing to invest,” said Mr. John Matthews, managing director for the Middle East and Africa at Boeing Capital Corporation, the aircraft manufacturer’s customer financing unit.
Mr. Matthews, along with Mr. Mike de Graffenried, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar First Investment Bank, co hosted the company’s first ever Financier and Investors Qatar Roundtable at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha. The event saw one of the largest turnouts to date for such a company-sponsored regional roundtable.
The event brought together senior corporate executives of leading financial institutions and investment companies in Qatar. It was part of Boeing’s investor outreach program aimed at energizing and expanding markets for aircraft financing.
The agenda included presentations on the current aviation market environment, Boeing product strategy and an overview of aircraft financing both regionally and internationally.
Boeing noted that while aircraft as an asset class have held up better than most other investment alternatives, the current market disruption has created even better opportunities for savvy investors.
“Financiers willing to take advantage of the short-term market dislocations with a view toward creating a long-term aircraft portfolio should find themselves generously rewarded,” said Matthews.
Boeing uses its roundtable events around the world to link financiers with financing opportunities in its customer airlines. It recognized QFIB for its leadership in co-hosting the groundbreaking Qatar event.
“QFIB is a dynamic and highly-respected banking player in the Middle East who is exploring opportunities in the aviation sector and is interested in staying updated about Boeing products and what they have to offer,” Matthews said.
Mr. de Graffenried commented: “QFIB is pleased to be a partner with a global player in the aviation industry like Boeing. There is great potential for sound investment opportunities in this sector and QFIB aims to develop further understanding of the current dynamics of the aviation industry following the financial crisis. QFIB hopes to enrich the financial community in Qatar through updates on the developments in the aviation industry, along with investment in aviation as an important and emerging asset class in the region.”
Through its ongoing events, Boeing Capital actively encourages the Middle East’s emergence as an increasingly important source of aircraft financing.
“Aircraft are ideal for Shari’ah compliant financing since a fundamental criterion is that such investments be asset based,” Matthews said. He added that the company continues to focus on seeing if aircraft financing can be included in the Islamic Sukuk, or bond, market.
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