Al Jaber seals Embraer jet deal
Abu Dhabi, November 23, 2009
Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), a leading provider of VIP aviation services in the region, said it has successfully closed the financing for two Embraer Legacy 600 private jets.
The company sealed the club deal with the participation of three leading local and international banks. Al Hilal Bank acted as the security trustee, security agent and investment manager, while National Bank of Abu Dhabi was book runner and BNP Paribas the arranger.
Mohammed Al Jaber, CEO of Al Jaber Aviation, said the deal was initiated and completed despite the consequences of the global financial crisis, 'and is a reiteration of the financial community’s trust in Al Jaber.'
'The financing deal will complement our operational plans and acquire a full capacity fleet. We are diversifying our fleet and will soon have different types of aircraft suiting the needs of our most discerning guests,' he noted.
The financing package extended a 10-year tenure to finance the purchase price of the aircraft, which have been delivered already to AJA.
The Embraer Legacy 600 Private Jet planes are considered among the highest performing aircraft in its category. It can fly non-stop to continental Europe and some parts of Asia, and its cabin comprises a customized 13-seater alignment.
'We appreciate the support and commitment we received from Al Hilal Bank, NBAD and BNP Paribas. With the support of our partners, we are committed to further strengthen our aviation business by adhering to philosophy of delivering an unparalleled traveling experience by adopting the highest standards of luxury,' Al Jaber observed.
'Our growth goals are aligned to the UAE supporting leadership's directives to develop Abu Dhabi as a major hub for VIP aircraft services,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service