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aviation

OUR AIRCRAFT SEGMENT

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10+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

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19 AIRCRAFT FINANCED

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14 CURRENT FUNDS

OUR SERVICES PORTFOLIO

Our aviation team manages all aviation investments for Dr. Peters Group and our customers. For professional asset management in aviation, we have our own team of in-house aircraft engineers who continuously monitor the condition of the aircraft with an expert eye, ensuring that they are airworthy and retain their value.

THE AIRCRAFT INVESTMENT LIFE CYCLE

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PURCHASE

DS Aviation is one of Germany’s leading aircraft investment managers. We have an international team and a global network of partners. As a proven investment boutique, we are the go-to contact for aircraft makers and airlines alike.

The cornerstone for a successful investment is laid in purchasing. Accordingly, our team subjects potential investments to close commercial scrutiny in the initial phase of the investment process. Rigorous due diligence assessment filters out sound and attractive long-term investments. Like pilots prior to takeoff, our experts check each aircraft in detail according to a special DS assessment procedure. Aircraft are purchased subject to the strict requirement of a risk-adequate return and then packaged with the assistance of our finance and contract experts into a professional, soundly costed and priced investment product.

As a future-focused enterprise, we take full advantage of digital tools in our work and keep track of new developments in the aviation sector.

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DURATION

In the investment and operating phase, DS Aviation is responsible for the commercial and technical asset management of our aircraft. To this end, we partner with internationally recognised providers the world over.

Keeping a very close watch on aircraft and airlines means that we can act quickly when needed. Our routine processes include regular quality and condition controls, unannounced inspections, document reviews and regular technical monitoring of all aircraft.

Needless to say, our team also monitors compliance with commercial contracts – for instance, ensuring that airlines make timely lease payments and pay interest and principal as per contract to the banks financing the aircraft. Management tasks naturally also include responding quickly and professionally to unforeseen events. Regular communication with our contract partners is essential to this.

Only if the technical and business plans are met – or brought into line with altered circumstances – can an aircraft fund be effectively managed and successfully marketed.

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Marketing

Aircraft leases with airlines have a limited term and often feature renewal options. If the lease on an aircraft is not renewed or the aircraft becomes available earlier than planned, then it has to be put out to lease again. Alternatively, it can be sold. A well-functioning global network like ours is decisive in this connection. 

DS Aviation is in a position to arrange commercially viable follow-on solutions or exit strategies for our investors, even in a difficult market environment. Special situations call for special solutions. A follow-on lease or a sale is therefore not the only option. Other possibilities include converting an older long-haul aircraft into a cargo carrier or leasing and selling individual aircraft components.

Which marketing strategy makes the best financial sense for an aircraft ultimately comes down to market forces – in other words, supply and demand. The seasoned DS Aviation team has the outstanding expertise it takes to make the right call. 
 

OUR AIRCRAFT FLEET

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Boeing 777‐200LR

  • lessee: Emirates
  • fund: 122 Flugzeugfonds I
  • issue year: 2007
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Boeing 777‐300ER

  • lessee: Emirates
  • fund: 124 Flugzeugfonds II
  • issue year: 2007
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Airbus A380‐800

  • lessee: Rolls-Royce
  • fund: 129 Flugzeugfonds IV
  • issue year: 2008
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Airbus A380‐800

  • lessee: Rolls-Royce
  • fund: 130 Flugzeugfonds V
  • issue year: 2008
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Zwei Airbus A380‐800

  • lessee: Rolls-Royce
  • fund: 131 Flugzeugfonds VI + VII
  • issue year: 2008
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Boeing 777‐300ER

  • lessee: Emirates
  • fund: 133 Flugzeugfonds VIII
  • issue year: 2008
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Boeing 777-300ER

  • lessee: Emirates
  • fund: 134 Flugzeugfonds IX
  • issue year: 2008
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Airbus A380-800

  • lessee: Air France
  • fund: 135 Flugzeugfonds X
  • issue year: 2009
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Airbus A380-800

  • lessee: Air France
  • fund: 136 Flugzeugfonds XI
  • issue year: 2009
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Airbus A380-800

  • lessee: Air France
  • fund: 137 Flugzeugfonds XII
  • issue year: 2010
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Airbus A380-800

  • Leasingnehmer: Singapore Airlines
  • Fonds: HANNOVER LEASING Flight Invest 49 GMBH & CO. KG
  • Emissionsjahr: 2010
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Airbus A380-800

  • lessee: Air France
  • fund: 139 Flugzeugfonds XIII
  • issue year: 2011
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Airbus A380-800

  • Leasingnehmer: Emirates
  • Fonds: HANNOVER LEASING Flight Invest 50 GMBH & CO. KG
  • Emissionsjahr: 2012
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Airbus A380-800

  • lessee: Air France
  • fund: 140 Flugzeugfonds XIV
  • issue year: 2014
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Airbus A380-800

  • Leasingnehmer: Emirates
  • Fonds: HL Flight Invest 51 GMBH & CO. geschlossene Investment-KG
  • Emissionsjahr: 2014

OUR LESSEES

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Market Overview

Following the setbacks caused by the pandemic, the aviation industry once again looks to the future with optimism. This is also reflected in the turn-of-the-year 2021/2022 surveys by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The vast majority of managers expect that 2022 will see steeply rising demand in both the passenger and the cargo businesses. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus likewise anticipates a return to strong growth, with passenger numbers increasing by 3.9% a year through to 2040. 

The airline industry was able to recover in 2021, but traffic volumes remained below the pre-crisis, 2019 levels due to the travel restrictions.

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Specifically, revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs) increased 80% in 2021 relative to 2020, but were down 45% on 2019. The load factor, which was reduced in 2021 due to the pandemic, stood at approximately 72%. Following the slow start after the turn of the year, IATA expects rapidly rising bookings from the second quarter of 2022. 

However, it is currently hard to predict how the war in Ukraine will affect the global aviation market. What is certain is that flight bans over large areas of airspace lead to costly rerouting. Even today, airlines can no longer economically serve some routes, such as Finland-Asia. A number of regions are closed to international air travel for departures or landings.

The sharp rise in jet fuel prices also adds significantly to airline operating costs. 

In addition, global uncertainty, especially if prolonged, may curb people’s appetite for travel – particularly for tourist travel to or from Europe – which in turn could negatively impact airlines’ fleet decisions. 

Air freight traffic grew particularly strongly in 2021. Cargo performance was up nearly 19% on 2020. According to IATA, this marked the strongest growth since it began monitoring cargo statistics in 1990. Cargo tonne-kilometres were even 3.5% higher than in 2018, the previous record year. Air cargo benefited substantially during the pandemic from capacity shortages on intercontinental routes.