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Aircraft Acquisition and Financing (Classroom, 4 days)

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Financial and legal fundamentals to help you choose, draft, and negotiate an aircraft acquisition agreement.

Before making the right decision, you need to know your options. This course introduces you to the key leasing and financing schemes available for the purchase and operation of aircraft, including straight purchases, secured loans, and government/manufacturer assistance. You will also learn how to maximize the efficiency, cost effectiveness and compliance of your lease agreements through new strategies for structuring and negotiation.
Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Student Aircraft Acquisition and Financing

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.


  • Participants should have prior experience with airline contracts and basic aviation law
  • Recommended level is Professional and Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Nov 26 - Nov 29, 2019 - United Kingdom, London (IATA)
10 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and categories of a lease document
  • Identify critical negotiation points for aircraft and equipment purchase agreements
  • Analyze key dynamics of the financial and leasing markets
  • Interpret the main components of purchasing and leasing contracts for new or used aircraft
  • Avoid common pitfalls in choosing, structuring and negotiating your agreements

Course content

  • Fleet and financial planning and implementation
    • Introduction to aircraft financing
    • Fleet planning
    • Residual value planning
    • World finance market and MENA
  • Types of financing
    • Cross border structure
    • The leasing market
    • Export credit and EXIM finance
    • Security and loan agreements
  • Aircraft leasing and risk management
    • Lease agreements
    • Boilerplate agreements
    • LOI exercise
    • Risk management
    • Insurance
  • Risk management, ownership, title and security and air law
    • Aircraft registration
    • Tax and detention risks
    • Air law
    • Repossession

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Legal counsel and advisors
  • Fleet trading managers
  • Leasing and insurance analysts
  • Bankers, engineers and governmental representatives

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-company sessions. Our 200+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.


Aisulu Chubarova
This is one of the most interesting training courses offered by IATA, my third course taken to qualify for IATA International Air Law Diploma. It covers all aspects of the topic and offers useful practical tips to avoid risks in aircraft acquisition and financing transactions. The students of the course will undoubtedly benefit from the experience of the instructor’s extensive experience in aircraft financing and have a unique possibility to learn about the experience of your peers and colleagues. I am from Kyrgyzstan, and it would be true to say that IATA courses are the only source for legal professionals of my country to expand and improve our knowledge of aviation law.

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