Boeing Capital Corporation

Boeing Looks to Islamic Finance and #Sukuk for Funding

Boeing Capital is exploring opportunities for Islamic finance in the aviation sector and the possibility of including aircraft finance in the Islamic sukuk market. This way, an aircraft finance portfolio would be secured by an instrument known as the Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate. Since 2006, Boeing Capital has hosted annual airline planning seminars for financiers in the Middle East. Emirates Airlines has issued sukuk most recently in 2015 compromising of a 10 year sukuk for the value of $913 million. Guaranteed by the UK Government, the sukuk was priced on 25 March at 2.471%. Emirates also issued in 2013 a $1 billion sukuk 10 year sukuk which was priced at 3.875%. Ethihad Airlines issued a sukuk in November 2016 for $1.5 billion which was priced at 3.86%.

Aircraft investment, Islamic finance key to growth: Boeing

Boeing Capital Corporation pointed out that strategical investment into new aircraft is necessary. Also, the growth of Islamic financing’s position in commercial airplane deliveries shows its results. Due to their mobile nature and asset attractiveness, airplanes are considered ideal for lending under Shariah law. During the last two years, numerous financial institutions and airlines in the Middle East havelargly increased their investments in new Boeing commercial airplanes. Thus, they were able to realize substantial rewards for their investors because of the growing demand.

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