Published on September 22nd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Six West & Knighthood Capital to Join Forces

Knighthood Capital Partners and Six West have formed a strategic alliance to explore and develop new growth opportunities for the aircraft leasing industry. The partners will cooperate to offer aircraft lessors and lessees an integrated and comprehensive package of aircraft leasing and financing services from their base in Malta. These services will allow lessors to deploy aircraft into new regions, making use of their vast resources sitting in long term preservation, adding significant value to their bottom line.

From its offices in Geneva, Abu Dhabi and Malta, Knighthood Capital offers business advisory, capital structuring and investment services to government and private enterprise. Together its partners, who have decades of experience in the global aviation and aircraft industry, have sourced and financed more than 1,000 aircraft valued in excess of USD30 billion.

James Hogan, Executive Chairman of Knighthood Capital said: “We believe our partnership with Six West will support the growing aviation hub and exciting developments in aircraft leasing in Malta. Together we can offer a broad strategic proposition that combines deep global experience, expertise and innovation.”

Jason Williamson, Six West’s co-founder said: “Six West’s development as an innovative and quality provider of flight operations to the aircraft leasing industry has led to this natural expansion of services. We have spent considerable time listening to the sector’s needs and believe our AOCs provide a unique solution to an industry that has evolved rapidly in the past decade.

“Today we are able to offer compelling alternatives to the established status quo in the lessor-lessee relationship. Lessors will have options to leverage the full commercial value of their assets and lessees will benefit with access to more aircraft in more parts of the world. We are working with first movers at present and are delighted with the interest and support we are receiving.

“We will benefit from Knighthood’s proven industry expertise and deep knowledge as we work closely with their world-class team in launching our AOCs to the global leasing industry, to become the world’s first airline built for the leasing industry.”

Knighthood Capital was established in 2017 by Chairman James Hogan AO, and offers business advisory, capital structuring and investment services in aerospace and aviation, travel and tourism, hospitality, construction and real estate, and information technology. The company has offices in Geneva, Abu Dhabi and Malta. Mr Hogan is the former CEO and President of the Etihad Aviation Group and has also held senior roles in Gulf Air and bmi.

Six West have also recently announced the expansion of their Dublin HQ located at Fitzwilliam Square East. Jason Williamson, Six West’s co-founder states, “Our Dublin team is growing rapidly, in line with the launch of our industry-first AOCs designed specifically for the global aircraft leasing industry. I’m delighted that we have been able to double our office space in the city, and in doing so, maintain our position as industry leaders, by continuing to provide safe, reliable and innovative solutions to aircraft lessors.”

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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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