Published on September 24th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Goshawk Aviation closes acquisition of SKY Leasing’s Irish subsidiary

On the 13th of September, Dublin based Goshawk Aviation closed the acquisition of SKY Leasing’s Irish subsidiary creating a top 10 aircraft lessor with a combined US$11.4bn fleet. This acquisition accelerates Goshawk’s already fast growth trajectory with the addition of 51 young aircraft with long leases bringing its owned, managed and committed fleet to 223 aircraft.

The additional aircraft further enhance Goshawk’s portfolio and strengthen its capability as a leading integrated aircraft lessor. The fleet consists of in-demand, versatile and fuel-efficient aircraft. Narrowbodies represent 77% of the portfolio which, has an average age of 3.0 years and an average lease term of 7.7 years. The acquisition has increased Goshawk’s diversification by adding 17 new lessees and 6 new countries bringing total reach to 64 lessees and 34 countries. During the summer, the company entered into sale and purchase agreements with Airbus and The Boeing Company for the purchase of twenty A320 NEO family and twenty 737 MAX family aircraft respectively delivering between 2023 and 2025.

Goshawk was established in November 2013 and is headquartered in Dublin with offices in London and Hong Kong. Goshawk is a joint venture company held as to 50% by each of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and a wholly-owned subsidiary of NWS Holdings Limited, two Hong Kong based enterprises.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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