KeynoteOver three hundred and fifty large commercial and corporate aircraft valued at over US$50 billion purchased and sold and US$9 billion of financing arranged on behalf of airlines, governments, corporations, investors and high net worth individuals.


We have started or restructured eight airlines and managed airline acquisitions in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. In addition, we have structured and launched two commercial aircraft operating lease companies and managed numerous bank-owned aircraft portfolios.


The principals of Kestrel Aviation Management, (KAM), have been involved in the aviation industry for more than 37 years.  We have a long and distinguished track record of working as an aviation advisor in the corporate, airline, government and finance sectors.


We are specialists in all aspects of airliner and corporate aircraft acquisition, sale, modification and financing, and have strong relationships throughout Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Gulfstream, Embraer, ATR and other commercial and corporate aircraft manufacturers, as well as all major modification companies up to CEO level. Kestrel also has unrivaled experience in the formation, management and auditing of leasing companies and portfolios of jet and turboprop aircraft.


Advisory Services

  • Management of eight airline start-ups or major restructuring in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America spanning scheduled, charter and regional airline clients.
  • Evaluation of numerous potential airline and related acquisitions in Europe, Asia and Africa, including a major European cargo airline
  • Review of asset-related corporate document, aircraft purchase and lease and other supplier contracts for investors purchasing stakes in European and Asian airlines
  • Inspection and valuation of multiple commercial and corporate aircraft
  • Advisory services to two European development agencies on the purchase of aircraft for third world use


Airline Aircraft Purchases and Sales

– Over three hundred commercial aircraft valued at over US$50 billion purchased and sold on behalf of multiple clients, including the following aircraft types:

  • Airbus – A319, A320, A321, A320neo, A310, A300-600R, A330, A340, A380, A350, A320neo
  • Boeing – 787, 777, 747, 747-8, 727
  • McDonnell Douglas – MD80, DC10, DC9
  • Fokker F100, F50, F28
  • ATR42, ATR72


Head of State & Corporate Aircraft Purchases and Sales

– Forty-Seven corporate and head of state aircraft purchased and sold with management of the VIP cabin design and installation for the following aircraft types:

  • Airbus – A319, A320, A310, A330, A340
  • Boeing – BBJ 737, 787, 747-8
  • Bombardier – Global Express, Global 5000, Challenger 605, Challenger 300, Global 7000, Global 8000
  • Dassault – Falcon 900
  • Gulfstream – G650
  • Eurocopter – EC155,
  • Sikorsky S72


Aircraft Leases

Operating leases arranged for fifty-eight aircraft:

  • Airbus – A300-600R, A310, A320, A321, A330, A340
  • Boeing –737, 757, 777, 787
  • McDonnell Douglas – MD80, DC10, MD11
  • Fokker– Fokker 50, F28


Technical Advisory

  • Negotiation of engine maintenance and support agreements for General Electric, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, CFM and IAE engines
  • Negotiation of VIP interior outfitting agreements for Airbus and Boeing narrowbody and widebody aircraft, including aircraft designer agreements.
  • Negotiation of widebody passenger to freighter conversion agreements
  • Project management of Airbus and Boeing narrowbody and widebody aircraft cabin outfitting for Head of State and VVIP clients including cabin modification oversight.
  • Project management of Airbus and Boeing new aircraft specification definition
  • Delivery management of over 50 new narrowbody and 75 new widebody aircraft
  • Project managing major manufacturer new aircraft programme focus groups for airline and corporate customers


Business & Fleet Planning

  • Production or audit of multiple airline business and fleet plans for European, Asian and Middle Eastern customers
  • Production of aircraft economic and technical evaluation studies of existing narrowbodies, and widebodies, next generation aircraft, freighters, turboprops, regional jets and corporate/VIP aircraft for clients in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia.
  • Extensive aircraft performance analysis of narrowbody, widebody, turboprop and corporate aircraft
  • Production of helicopter economic and technical evaluation studies for VIP & corporate clients
  • Fleet plan for oil company flight department
  • Air service business plan for regional development agencies


Financing & Operating Leasing

  • Advisor on over US$9 billion of debt financing for aircraft acquisition, including asset secured debt and unsecured revolving credit facilities.
  • Structuring and formation of two aircraft operating lease companies.
  • Servicing of three leasing company portfolios including lease management, aircraft acceptance and redelivery, maintenance reserve management, leasing terms & conditions, repossession, inspection and technical matters
  • Due diligence in respect of the purchase of two major operating lessors.


Most of our business originates from client recommendation or repeat mandates. Our customer focus, integrity, professionalism, trustworthiness and excellent reputation in the industry underpin our service offering.


What sets Kestrel Aviation Management apart is the fact that we can provide a comprehensive advisory service to clients ranging from airlines, corporate jet operators, governments, financial institutions, investors, and high net worth families drawing from a very broad as well as detailed experience based on many commercial and corporate transactions for satisfied clients. Many claim that they can provide bespoke turn-key services, but few can truly provide such a complete spectrum and track record of integrated services on large and complex airliner and corporate aircraft.