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Flightglobal Finance Forum: West Coast
10th November 2016 // Le Méridien, San Francisco


As part of our finance series, the FlightGlobal Finance Forum: West Coast returns to San Francisco this November. Join us to debate in a series of panel discussions on the key trends in debt financing, sources of funding, lessors, capital markets, airline strategies, oil prices and aircraft values. 

Discuss the core issues and challenges for the future of aviation finance in North America, and meet 120+ influential industry players through our numerous networking opportunities. Register your place today to take advantage of the most up-to-date market information. 

And remember, this event is free to attend for airlines. 


In 2015, over 100 delegates attended the Flightglobal Finance Forum: West Coast. If you are unsure whether to attend this year, take a look at who attended last year to see if these are the people you would like to meet. Download attendee list here. The conference brochure is now available to download for full session details, speakers, attending airlines, early discount prices and much more. Click here to download. FlightGlobal are delighted to welcome Candice Li, VP Finance and Fleet Management at WestJet to join the debate on how the competitive landscape has changed and what threats the North American finance market faces in 2017.
David Berkowitz
Radar Asset Management
Palli Borg
Head of Leasing
WOW air
Moderator - Lily Cheung
Executive Director
Jared Dowell
Vice President
Compass Capital Corporation
Tom Doxey
Vice President, Fleet & Corporate Finance
Allegiant Travel Company
Paul Finklestein
Vice President - Marketing
Pratt and Whitney
Joel Hussey
Tailwind Capital Partners
Andy Mansell
Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing & Aircraft Trading
Aviation Capital Group

Day 1: Thursday 10 November

Coffee & Registration
Chair's Opening Remarks
US Carriers - How long will the party last?
  • How has the competitive landscape changed and what threats do the North American finance market face?
  • What role do aircraft lessors play in this market?
  • How has the expansion and increase of lessors and financiers benefitted the airlines within the region?
  • What are the best funding programs when interest rates are low?
  • Attractive financing: bank debt or capital markets?
Moderator - Edward Russell, Air Transport Reporter - Americas, FlightGlobal
Ted North, Managing Director - Corporate Finance, United Airlines
Tom Doxey, Vice President, Fleet & Corporate Finance, Allegiant Travel Company
Benjamin Millard, Senior Credit Strategist, FTN Financial
Palli Borg, Head of Leasing, WOW air
Candice Li, VP Finance and Fleet Management, WestJet
Assessing leasing trends in 2017
  • What do lessors need to look at when putting deals together? How much liquidity can they provide?
  • Will lessors continue to secure most of their leverage through the capital markets and asset-backed securities transactions in 2017? What are the alternatives?
  • Will the lessor portfolio sell-down trend continue to gain momentum in 2017?
  • Are values and LRF where they are expected to be?
  • Are the OEMs responsibly dealing with production rates?
Moderator - Lily Cheung, Executive Director, Natixis
Andy Mansell , Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing & Aircraft Trading, Aviation Capital Group
David Treitel, Managing Director, Apollo Aviation
Randal Nightingale, SVP, Aircastle
Mid-Morning Coffee & Networking in the Exhibition Area
Analysing fleets and finance: What's the medium term outlook for 2017?
  • Alternative financing options and preferences
  • Deliberating the current trends in fleet renewal and leasing
  • Analysing the evolution of different network models
Funding predictions: How liquid will 2017 be?
  • Expecting credit deterioration based on the metrics currently available?
  • Will the commercial banks or investment banks dominate 2017?
  • The regular funding gap closers are gone for now. How will the OEMs and airlines deal with the shutdown of the ECAs?
  • An analysis of the continued growth of Capital markets during in 2016? What is the future?
  • Analysing Asset Based Financing and the evolvement of the profile of investors involved
David Berkowitz, President, Radar Asset Management
Jeff Straebler, Managing Director - Transportation, Aerospace and Defence, John Hancock
Joe Rohlena, Director - Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings
Betsy Snyder, Director, Standard & Poor's
Jason Arnold, Managing Director | Specialty Finance Equity Research , RBC Capital Markets
Lunch & Networking in the Exhibition Area
Analysing the market for older aircraft in 2017
  • Whare are we in the aircraft cycle? What should we expect or are we already seeing for widebodies vs. narrowbodies?
  • How have aircraft values reacted to lower oil prices and what is the forecast for 2017?
  • What is the correlation between who owns the aircraft and its economic life?
  • Is keeping less efficient aircraft in service due to low oil prices a wise strategy?
  • Is 25-years a realistic metric for depreciation in today's market?
Jared Dowell, Vice President , Compass Capital Corporation
Joel Hussey, President, Tailwind Capital Partners
Rami Myerson, Aerospace and Defence Analyst, Investec
Analysing the next generation of engines
  • Given how low fuel remains, when will the market start to benefit from the neo and ceo?
  • Are pricing premiums justified in this oil-price economy?
Paul Finklestein, Vice President - Marketing, Pratt and Whitney
Joseph O'Brien, Executive Vice President - Sales, Engine Lease Finance Corporation
Afternoon Tea & Networking in the Exhibition Area
Calling the Cycle: Flight Ascend Consultancy Markets Outlook
  • Bull or Bear? How are aircraft values holding up?
  • Supply vs. Demand - are the OEMs acting responsibly?
  • Which regions require growth, which are scaling down?
  • What is the impact of values on lease rates?
Closing remarks from the Chair

Reasons to Attend

With access to the most up-to-date data and trends, the event assembles some of the region’s most respected players to discuss the latest market activity in the region allowing companies to quickly and accurately identify business opportunities, gain an unparalleled understanding of the global fleet and stay well informed of industry movements.

Find out how the expansion and increase of lessors and financiers in North America has benefitted airlines.

With the continued growth of Capital markets, the use of EETCs and renewed interest in the ABS market discover where the money will be coming from in 2017 from our ‘Big Financing’ panel.

Unlike larger conferences, you will not get lost in the crowd! With 120 senior industry experts in attendance, we make it easier for our attendees to collaborate and network face-to-face.


2015 testimonials include:
 Very informative and relevant to industry trends 
Airline 4
 Great representation of attendees and relevant topics 
 A good congregation of the right people to engage in interesting conversation surrounding A/C finance and markets 
  Great networking and content.   
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