Published on July 13th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


27 737MAX Aircraft Cancelled by Avolon in Second Quarter

In its Q2 2020 update, Dublin based aircraft lessor Avolon said that it had cancelled commitments to acquire 27 B737MAX aircraft in the 2020-2022 timeframe, in addition to the 75 B737MAX aircraft cancelled in Q1. It has also removed a commitment to acquire 1 A330neo aircraft due to deliver in 2022 and deferred 3 A320neo family aircraft from 2020/21 to 2022.

During the quarter Avolon delivered 3 new aircraft and transitioned 4 aircraft to follow-on lessees. It sold 10 aircraft during the quarter with 5 of these aircraft sold to the Sapphire 2020-1 vehicle. A total of 16 lease transactions were executed in the quarter comprising new aircraft leases, follow-on leases and lease extensions. At the end of Q2 the owned and managed fleet stood at 547 aircraft with total orders and commitments for 277 new aircraft. This were placed with a total of 145 airline customers in 62 countries.

Commenting on the Q2 update, Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO, said:“Q2 was a challenging period for the aviation sector as COVID-19 impacted the industry on an unprecedented global scale, bringing with it continued uncertainty around the pace and timing of a recovery. The months ahead will be difficult, but we have the experience and balance sheet to manage through these headwinds. In Q2 we continued to reinforce our strong capital position and have maintained over US$5 billion of total liquidity through the first half of this year. Decisive measures to strengthen our capital position included the opportunistic buy back of US$639 million of our unsecured bonds at a discount to par, in so doing reducing our near-term debt maturities. More significantly, we have reduced our near-term commitments by over 140 aircraft since the start of the year. These actions provide us with the capital strength to manage through this market backdrop and to support our customers through the recovery.”

Other highlights from the update:

  • Maintained a strong liquidity position at quarter-end, with total liquidity (including unrestricted cash and undrawn secured warehouse facilities) in excess of US$5 billion;
  • Avolon’s capital strength was further enhanced in Q2 with a 34% reduction in near-term capital commitments to the end of 2021, resulting in a year to date cumulative 52% reduction in capital commitments in the 2020-2023 timeframe;
  • Executed the opportunistic buyback of US$639 million of Avolon senior unsecured notes maturing between 2021-2024, at a discount to par, further reducing near-term debt maturities;
  • As at 30 June, many of our customers had entered into short-term rental deferral arrangements or were in arrears on their rental obligations. As a result, Avolon’s aggregate increase in trade receivables and deferred revenue asset implied a lease revenue collection rate during the first half of 2020 of 68%, with two-thirds of the collection shortfall related to deferral arrangements;
  • Between 30 June and 3 July, Avolon received aggregate payments of US$47 million relating to the payment of outstanding trade receivables or deferred rental balances as at quarter-end; and,
  • During Q2, 12 of Avolon’s customers were due to start repayments at the scheduled expiry of their deferral arrangements, 7 of these customers made payments in full and 5 customers have fallen into arrears or sought an extension to their short-term rental deferral arrangement for some or all of their rental obligations.

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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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