Full-service aircraft leasing platform with global footprint
CDB Aviation delivers innovative aircraft fleet financing solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of airlines in all key markets of the world, offering them a competitive cost of funding and an unrivalled customer-oriented, full-service approach that is focused on execution and rooted in the culture of competency.
As of December 31, 2019, CDB Aviation’s fleet consisted of 420 owned, managed, and committed aircraft, and its global customer network comprised 68 lessees across 37 jurisdictions.
Because we are a customer-centric and relationship-driven organization, we understand an aircraft lease is not simply a single transaction of an airplane lease, rather an engagement and understanding, which recognize that airlines’ fleet needs are specific and constantly evolving.
A uniquely positioned lessor with financial strength
With the strength and robust capabilities of our global platform, our organization is ranked among top-tier, industry-leading global leasing companies. We are best positioned among Chinese lessors, offering competitive and diversified financing anchored in guaranteed availability of capital.
CDB Aviation Lease Finance Designated Activity Company (“CDB Aviation”) is investment grade rated the major global credit rating agencies. Moody’s Investors Service assigned its ‘A1’ local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings with outlook stable. S&P Global Ratings assigned its ‘A’ long-term issuer credit rating with outlook stable. Fitch Ratings assigned its long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘A+’ with outlook stable. This important milestone was reached on schedule, as part of the company’s strategic effort to transform its aircraft leasing platform into a global, best-in-class, full-service lessor.
CDB Aviation is a wholly-owned by China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd, a 30-plus-year-old leasing company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX stock code: 1606). Our parent company is the dedicated leasing arm of China Development Bank and enjoys the Chinese quasi sovereign credit rating (A1 / A / A+), one of the highest international credit ratings among Chinese financial institutions and the highest rating among all aviation lessors.
Under the direct jurisdiction of the State Council of China, China Development Bank is the world’s largest development finance institution. China Development Bank is the largest Chinese bank for foreign investment and financing cooperation, long-term lending and bond issuance. China Development Bank is one of three Chinese policy banks.
Focus on expanding market reach
As a world-class lessor with Chinese heritage, we are the first Chinese domestic leasing company to truly ‘go global,’ with our current footprint based in Hong Kong, Dublin, and the USA. With innovative financing solutions and access to robust orderbook for the most advanced and efficient aircraft, we are well positioned to support airlines in the world’s fastest-growing air travel markets.
Execution-driven culture of competency
We are powered by the industry’s next generation of aviation finance leaders, who are committed to doing business the ‘old-fashioned way,’ focusing on a long-term view of market participation, as well as building and cultivating strong relationships with aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and banking partners. The depth of the CDB Aviation team is anchored in seasoned leadership with bench strength and the continued build-out of a best-in-class team at all levels.
Built on a strong, secure and resourceful financial foundation, CDB Aviation meets the changing needs of the world’s airlines by delivering a full-service, global aircraft leasing platform.