Regional Air Transport
Regional air transport is one of the most resilient, globalized and performance-intensive segments in global air transportation.
Owing to its lighter infrastructure demands, and lower capital intensity, regional air transport is a reliable, cycle-agnostic transport mode utilized in most advanced economies’ remoter regions as well as a growing segment in more and more emerging and frontier economies.
This results in a population of typically smaller operators, ranging from flag carriers and legacy airline subsidiaries to smaller private businesses and start-up operators.
Turboprop aircraft have remarkable performance and economic advantages that often make them the only aircraft capable of supporting short-haul routes.
Due to the unique route profiles turboprop aircraft fly, they are typically utilised on short, thin routes, resulting in half the annual utilisation and operating altitude of most jets. This results in considerably lower airframe and component stress.
As of May 2017, the global commercial aircraft fleet is comprised of 34,917 units, of which 6,093 are commercial turboprop aircraft of the total turboprop market, approximately 5,000 of the aircraft are western built (ATR, Bombardier, Saab, Fokker, BAe).
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Elix's majority shareholder is an investment fund managed and advised by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”). Oaktree is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments, with $100 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2017. The firm emphasizes an opportunistic, value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments in distressed debt, corporate debt (including high yield debt and senior loans), control investing, convertible securities, real estate and listed equities. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the firm has over 900 employees and offices in 18 cities worldwide. Oaktree has built a track record in aviation related investments, with Elix being its fourth aircraft leasing platform.
- Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California
- Oaktree has $100 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2017
- Comprised of over 900 employees across the globe
- Oaktree Capital Group, LLC listed on NYSE since April 2012
- Investor base includes pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds